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Mithra M K V Sankrithi: Inflatable heliostatic solar power collector. RIC Enterprises, August 16, 2011: US07997264 (12 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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Thomas Kuckelkorn, Wolfgang Graf: Radiation-selective absorber coating with an adherent oxide layer and method of making same. Schott, Michael J Striker, September 14, 2010: US07793653 (12 worldwide citation)

The absorber pipe for solar thermal applications consists of a metal pipe and a radiation-selective absorber coating applied to the outer surface of the metal pipe. The radiation-selective absorber coating consists of, in sequence from the outer surface toward an exterior: a diffusion barrier layer, ...


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Robert W G MacDonald: Roofing systems. Solar Thermal Consultants, Cushman Darby & Cushman, December 16, 1980: US04238912 (12 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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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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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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Richard L Fossum, Michaele J Fossum: Solar thermal water heating system. Gunn Lee & Miller PC, November 19, 1996: US05575276 (10 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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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 (10 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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Michael Robert Klement: Radiant baffle/collector for roof construction and retrofit. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, March 20, 2012: US08137170 (9 worldwide citation)

A baffle system that can be used to provide ventilation to attics and roofs at the time of new roof construction or retrofit and further provides for solar thermal energy control and harvesting systems in conjunction or combination with the baffle systems. According to one embodiment, the baffle ven ...


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Charles L Bennett: Solar thermal aircraft. The Regents of the University of California, James S Tak, John H Lee, September 18, 2007: US07270295 (9 worldwide citation)

A solar thermal powered aircraft powered by heat energy from the sun. A heat engine, such as a Stirling engine, is carried by the aircraft body for producing power for a propulsion mechanism, such as a propeller. The heat engine has a thermal battery in thermal contact with it so that heat is suppli ...


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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 ...