Photovoltaic roof covering

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8671630
APP PUB NO 20100180523A1
SERIAL NO

12594925

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In certain aspects, the present invention relates to a photovoltaic roof covering in the form of overlapping elements (i.e., tiles, shingles or panels), electrically connected to one another. Each of the elements includes a backing material and a photovoltaic layer arranged at least over that portion of the exterior face of the backing material that is exposed to the outside. Electrical conductors are positioned on each side of said photovoltaic layer and are configured to collect the electrical current generated by said layer when it is exposed to light. Notably, at least one of the connectors includes or is incorporated into a foldable moving tongue or strip and in that said tongue or said strip is kept in electrical contact with a connector of an underlying element and in a position that is folded over between the element and the underlying element.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CERTAINTEED CORPORATIONVALLEY FORGE, PA434
SAINT-GOBAIN CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES EUROPEENCOURBEVOIE109

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Jacobs, Gregory F Oreland, US 186 1724
Lena, Grégoire François Meudon, FR 1 8
Shaw, Wayne E Glen Mills, US 38 386

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SOLARCITY CORPORATION (5)
9624595 Electroplating apparatus with improved throughput 0 2014
* 9428903 Flashing system for mounting photovoltaic arrays onto tile roofs 0 2014
9496427 Module fabrication of solar cells with low resistivity electrodes 0 2015
9496429 System and method for tin plating metal electrodes 0 2015
9502590 Photovoltaic devices with electroplated metal grids 0 2016
 
TESLA, INC. (3)
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9800053 Solar panels with integrated cell-level MPPT devices 0 2011
9761744 System and method for manufacturing photovoltaic structures with a metal seed layer 0 2015
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