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Elliot Berman, Charles F Gay, Stephen C Miller, David P Tanner: Transparent photovoltaic module. Atlantic Richfield Company, Nilsson Robbins Dalgarn Berliner Carson & Wurst, May 5, 1987: US04663495 (131 worldwide citation)

A thin film photovoltaic module has transparent electrodes on front and back surfaces of a semiconductive layer. In one embodiment, both transparent electrodes pass light to the semiconductive layer for photovoltaic purposes. In another embodiment, the back electrode passes light which enters throug ...


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Mark J O Neill: Solar concentrator and energy collection system. E Systems, Robert V Wilder, January 24, 1978: US04069812 (125 worldwide citation)

A curved prismatic, Fresnel-type lens primarily used for concentrating sunlight in a solar energy collector. The lens comprises a substantially smooth, convex outer surface and a plurality of prisms arranged side-by-side along a curve on the inner surface to direct incoming light to a common area. E ...


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Eric M Withjack: Collapsible mobile solar energy power source. Cities Service Company, Robert H Sproule, George L Rushton, December 20, 1983: US04421943 (121 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for collecting solar energy and converting it to electrical energy utilizing solar panels pivotally mounted to a base such that the panels may be pivoted to a storage position inside said base. Additional solar panels may be pivotally mounted on retractable frame trays which stow inside ...


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William A Parkyn Jr, David G Pelka, John M Popovich: Faceted totally internally reflecting lens with individually curved faces on facets. TIR Technologies, William W Haefliger, April 11, 1995: US05404869 (116 worldwide citation)

A radiant energy redirecting system comprising a radiant energy transmitting body structure; the structure comprising multiple elements, each of which acts as a radiant energy redirecting module, having on its cross-sectional perimeter an entry face to receive incidence of the energy into the interi ...


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Stephen C Baer: Lightweight solar panel support. Zomeworks Corporation, Townsend & Townsend, May 23, 1989: US04832001 (107 worldwide citation)

A lightweight support for one or more solar panels is disclosed. A compression frame is mounted to the supporting surface, and tension members extend laterally from the frame in opposite directions to the supporting surface. The solar panels are attached to one of the tension members in a fashion wh ...


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Hozo Yoshino: Heat pump air conditioning system. System Homes Company, Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha, Oblon Fisher Spivak McClelland & Maier, December 20, 1983: US04420947 (102 worldwide citation)

A heat pump air conditioning system with an active digital control of the refrigeration cycle thereof to improve the coefficient of performance. The system can incorporate solar collectors in parallel with the outdoor heat exchanger and a water storage tank in the system to maximize the utilization ...


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Wallace F Krueger, Anthony R Shaw, Jerry L Smith: System for mounting solar collector panels. Libbey Owens Ford Company, Collins Oberlin & Darr, May 26, 1981: US04269173 (99 worldwide citation)

A system including at least a pair of mounting spars supported in a spaced-apart parallel relationship by modular sections constructed of standardized hardware for mounting one or more solar collector panels in predetermined positions on stationary surfaces. The system includes provisions for accomm ...


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Roland Winston: Energy transmission. The University of Chicago, Merriam Marshall & Bicknell, December 23, 1980: US04240692 (96 worldwide citation)

Disclosed are radiant energy transmitting devices operative selectively in concentrative and emissive modes, having transmitting elements including radiant energy transmitting and guiding surfaces at the interface of media of differing indices of refraction for radiant energy. Surfaces generally are ...


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Harold Weinstein, Ray H Lee: Tubular solar cell. Sensor Technology, Flam & Flam, November 9, 1976: US03990914 (96 worldwide citation)

High efficiency, low cost solar energy conversion is facilitated by using tubular photovoltaic solar cells situated at the focus of a line-generated paraboloidal reflector. Advantageously, each solar cell comprises a pair of concentric glass tubes that are hermetically sealed at the ends. A photovol ...