John D Garrison: Carbonaceous selective absorber for solar thermal energy collection and process for its formation. June 17, 1986: US04594995 (8 worldwide citation)

A selective absorber consisting of a number of thin layers on a supporting substrate, including (1) a carbonaceous layer, (2) a catalyst layer, and (3) a metallic infrared reflecting layer. The catalyst layer serving to catalyze the pyrolysis of a carbon containing gaseous compound or compounds to f ...

Gregory Chris, Coleman Brian, Greaney Alan, Luconi Gregg, Blair Jason: Solar collector system for solar thermal applications. Esolar, Gregory Chris, Coleman Brian, Greaney Alan, Luconi Gregg, Blair Jason, MIRSAFIAN Saeid, December 18, 2008: WO/2008/154521 (8 worldwide citation)

A solar collector system includes a plurality of frames. Each frame includes at least a pair of spaced apart side members, a plurality of cross members connected to the side members, the cross members pivotally moveable from a shipping configuration to a deployed configuration wherein in the deploye ...

Charles L Bennett: Solar thermal aircraft. The Regents of the University of California, James S Tak, John H Lee, September 18, 2007: US07270295 (7 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 ...

Joshua Reed Plaisted, John J Dyreby: Method and system for processing information from a combination of a solar thermal system and a photovoltaic apparatus. EchoFirst, Richard T Ogawa, Ogawa P C, February 26, 2013: US08386197 (7 worldwide citation)

A method for operating a solar thermal system. The method includes providing a photovoltaic apparatus coupled to a solar thermal apparatus. In a preferred embodiment, the solar thermal apparatus comprises flow region having a first measurement region and a second measurement region. The first measur ...

Raymond Joseph Reisdorf, Bryan Morris: Building-integrated solar-panel roof element systems. Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, Calfee Halter & Griswold, August 20, 2013: US08511006 (6 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a building-integrated solar-panel roof element, such as a photovoltaic (BIPV) roof element, adapted to be fitted with a solar panel and integrated in a pitched roof, as well as such a building-integrated roof element fitted with a photovoltaic or solar thermal panel, a ...

Arnold J Goldman, Michael Kagan, Yuri Kokotov: High density bioreactor system, devices, and methods. Brightsource Energy, Miles & Stockbridge P C, Mark A Catan, August 23, 2011: US08003379 (6 worldwide citation)

A bioreactor and bioreactor system are suitable for the growth of materials from algae. More specifically, the system preferred embodiments use concentrated sunlight in a solo- or co-generation system to produce algae and products therefrom as well as solar thermal energy.

Robert A Erb: Header for a solar energy collection system. The Franklin Institute, Weiser Stapler & Spivak, December 18, 1979: US04178914 (6 worldwide citation)

In a solar thermal energy collection system comprising at least one unitary, coextruded solar collector panel, having an upper, heat insulating region, and a lower, heat absorbing region, each region having channels extending longitudinally therethrough, adapted to contain a fluid therein, and a pai ...

Sovani Meksvanh, Ronald P Whelan, Douglas B Swift: Solar augmented geothermal energy. Barnes & Thornburg, January 6, 2009: US07472548 (6 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and a method is disclosed for storage of solar energy in a subsurface geologic reservoir. The method includes transferring concentrated solar thermal energy to a fluid, thereby generating a supercritical fluid. The supercritical fluid is then injected into the subsurface geologic reserv ...

Masujiro Hisatani, Hirotaka Oohashi, Kounosuke Oku, Jun Tsukada, Toru Takehara: Cleaning robot system and method of controlling same. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Jacobson Holman PLLC, October 25, 2011: US08046101 (6 worldwide citation)

Provided is a cleaning robot system and a method of controlling the same for economically cleaning, with high workability, plate-shaped members, such as solar cell panels and reflecting mirrors used in photovoltaic power generation and solar thermal power generation systems. A cleaning robot system ...

Edward A Placek: High efficiency steam generator. Harpman & Harpman, May 3, 1994: US05307802 (6 worldwide citation)

A steam generator having two vaporization chambers filled with molten metal salts for sequential flash evaporation of preheated atomized water through multiple vaporization tubes in said respective chambers. The molten metal salts are heated by secondary solar thermal input from lens assemblies and ...

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