Ravi Gorthala: Method and apparatus for a passive solar day lighting system. Ravi Gorthala, Steven Winter Associates, Crowell & Moring, October 9, 2001: US06299317 (25 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for a passive, fiber-optic day-lighting system collects and transports sunlight as a cost-effective technology solution for day-lighting applications. The system utilizes a low concentration ratio sunlight collection system, in expensive optical fibers, and an inexpensive pass ...

Caplan Harry W: Solar-thermal power system employing adjustable curvature reflective panels and method of adjusting reflective panel curvature. Watts Hoffmann Fisher & Heinke Co, September 23, 1975: US3906927 (23 worldwide citation)

Reflective panels for solar-thermal power systems are supported by an adjustable mounting system capable of deforming the panels to fine-tune their focus on a collector. The panels are formed from strips and sheets of paper adhered together to define a relatively rigid honeycomb support which carrie ...

Gelders Raymondus Hubertus Jos, Billings Colman, Boettger Willem Otto Julius, Lepelaar Mark: Cover system for arranging on a surface one or more solar elements such as solar panels and/or solar thermal collectors. Cooeperatief Advies En Onderzo, September 13, 2000: EP1035591-A1 (23 worldwide citation)

Cover system for arrangement on a surface for example a building, said system for providing cover and supporting elements such as solar panels, solar thermal collectors and roofing tiles, the system comprising: a first side suitable as an inner wall or ceiling surface of the building; a second side, ...

Alan W Weimer, Jaimee K Dahl, J Roland Pitts, Allan A Lewandowski, Carl Bingham, Joseph R Tamburini: Solar thermal aerosol flow reaction process. Midwest Research Institute, Paul J White, March 29, 2005: US06872378 (23 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides an environmentally beneficial process using concentrated sunlight to heat radiation absorbing particles to carry out highly endothermic gas phase chemical reactions ultimately resulting in the production of hydrogen or hydrogen synthesis gases.

James R Stuart: Spacecraft designs for satellite communication system. Calling Communications Corporation, Anglin & Giaccherini, February 7, 1995: US05386953 (23 worldwide citation)

A series of spacecraft designs (10, 26 & 34) for a Satellite Communication System is disclosed. One of the preferred embodiments of the invention called "Domesat" (10) includes a hemispherical, high-gain, electronically-steered antenna array (12) that is always pointed toward the Earth (E). Hexagona ...

Miles M Maiden: Hyperfocal tracking solar thermal collector. Daniel H Kane, October 19, 1993: US05253637 (22 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal collector incorporates an extended reflector surface constructed to concentrate radiation from a radiation source along a focal line. The reflector surface is oriented in a generally upward facing direction relative to the earth with the focal line above the reflector surface. A trac ...

Terence C Honikman: Freeze protection for solar heating systems. Allen K Cooper, Frederick E Mueller, January 9, 1979: US04133338 (21 worldwide citation)

Redundant freeze protection having primary and secondary protection modes is provided for a solar heating system, such as a solar water heating system, of the kind whose normal operation involves circulation of a heat transport liquid through a solar collector and a solar energy storage tank to stor ...

Mark Joseph O Neill: Inflatable fresnel lens solar concentrator for space power. Entech, Sankey & Luck L, August 29, 2000: US06111190 (21 worldwide citation)

A novel, high-efficiency, extremely light-weight, inflatable refractive solar concentrator for space power is described. It consists of a flexible Fresnel lens, flexible sides, and a back surface, together enclosing a volume of space which can be filled with low pressure gas to deploy the concentrat ...

Takeshi Sakamoto, Shunichi Anzai, Nariyoshi Kobayashi: Solar thermal electric systems. Agency of Industrial Science & Technology, Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, October 23, 1979: US04171617 (21 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal electric power system, in which a solar collector, a heat storage vessel filled with a thermal storage material adapted to effect a phase change between solid and liquid internally, a turbine, a condenser, a condensate storage tank, a feed water pump are connected in a closed loop by ...

Karl W Baker, Miles O Dustin: Solar thermal energy receiver. The United States of America represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, James A Mackin, Gene E Shook, Guy M Miller, May 19, 1992: US05113659 (20 worldwide citation)

A plurality of heat pipes in a shell receive concentrated solar energy and transfer the energy to a heat activated system. To provide for even distribution of the energy despite uneven impingement of solar energy on the heat pipes, absence of solar energy at times, or failure of one or more heat pip ...