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James M Shoji: Solar thermal propulsion unit. Rockwell International Corporation, H Fredrick Hamman, Harry B Field, David C Faulkner, November 1, 1988: US04781018 (11 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to a space vehicle 10 in which solar radiation is utilized to generate thrust by virtue of a solar thermal propulsion unit 12. The propulsion unit comprises basically reaction engines 14 including a DeLaval nozzle 22, heating chamber 26, solar window 28 and inflatable parabolo ...


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Robert W G MacDonald: Roofing systems. Solar Thermal Consultants, Cushman Darby & Cushman, December 16, 1980: US04238912 (11 worldwide citation)

The invention relates to a modular roofing system having a plurality of tray modules wherein each module is capable of accommodating one or more solar collectors. Each adjacent or adjacent groups of modules are connected to each other and there is provided support means for supporting the plurality ...


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Lovegrove Keith Malcolm, Coventry Joseph Sydney, Brunswick Robert, Burgess Gregory John, Joe Wie Shuen, Preston Jessica Neeta, Pye John Downing: Improvements to solar thermal collectors. Wizard Power, Lovegrove Keith Malcolm, Coventry Joseph Sydney, Brunswick Robert, Burgess Gregory John, Joe Wie Shuen, Preston Jessica Neeta, Pye John Downing, Martin Michael A E, December 10, 2009: WO/2009/146511 (11 worldwide citation)

A dish structure (10) has a virtual front surface, the front surface having a periphery, and a plurality of spaced apart non overlapping elongate front beams (16), each of which extends between two points on the periphery. Each front beam (16) has at least one mounting area (20) for receiving a refl ...


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Mithra M K V Sankrithi: Inflatable heliostatic solar power collector. RIC Enterprises, August 16, 2011: US07997264 (10 worldwide citation)

Increased utilization of solar power is highly desirable as solar power is a readily available renewable resource with power potential far exceeding total global needs; and as solar power does not contribute to pollutants associated with fossil fuel power, such as unburned hydrocarbons, NOx and carb ...


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Patrick Edward Frye, Charles T Kudija Jr: Integral propulsion and power radiant cavity receiver. The Boeing Company, Harness Dickey & Pierce, November 6, 2001: US06311476 (10 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal engine for propelling and powering a craft. The solar thermal engine includes a housing, a propellant annulus, a plurality of static power converters and an electrical energy storage device. The housing has an optical cavity for receiving a beam of concentrated sunlight and convertin ...


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Richard L Fossum, Michaele J Fossum: Solar thermal water heating system. Gunn Lee & Miller PC, November 19, 1996: US05575276 (9 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal water heating system including a solar collector unit, first and second heat exchangers, and a drain back tank, ordered respectively in vertically descending relation. The solar energy collector comprises a plurality of heat absorbing modules formed by deforming two plates into intim ...


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Peter Martin Broatch: Solar thermal roofing. Nixon & Vanderhye P C, November 27, 2007: US07299591 (9 worldwide citation)

An external building surface formed by at least one of a roof and a wall, the external building surface comprising a plurality of battens spaced apart to define a plurality of transverse courses, a plurality of tiles supported by the battens in the courses defined thereby to provide an outer layer o ...


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Mark J O Neill: Solar energy collector having an improved thermal receiver. Entech, Harold E Meier, June 16, 1987: US04672949 (9 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal energy collector includes a thermal receiver for receiving thermal energy from incident solar radiation and converting that energy, with minimum heat loss, into thermal energy transferred to and carried by a thermal fluid in a copper conductor. The copper tube is placed within a lowe ...


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Trevor P Woodman, Albert Fischer: Spectrally selective surfaces and method of fabricating the same. Trevor P Woodman, Albert Fischer, Werner W Kleeman, May 8, 1979: US04153753 (9 worldwide citation)

The invention comprises spectrally selective surfaces having a good performance at relatively low cost, and designed to be used mainly, but not exclusively, in solar thermal energy collectors. Suitable substances in powder form are attached by simple and effective means to a suitable surface. This i ...


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Allan R McDougal, Robert R Hale: Power efficiency for very high temperature solar thermal cavity receivers. The United States of America represented by the United States Department of Energy, Michael F Esposito, October 30, 1984: US04479485 (8 worldwide citation)

This invention is an improved solar energy cavity receiver for exposing materials and components to high temperatures. The receiver includes a housing having an internal reflective surface defining a cavity and having an inlet for admitting solar radiation thereto. A photothermal absorber is positio ...



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