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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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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 (9 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 ...


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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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Sovani Meksvanh, Ronald P Whelan, Douglas B Swift: Solar augmented geothermal energy. Barnes & Thornburg, January 6, 2009: US07472548 (8 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 ...


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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 (8 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 ...


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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 ...


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Israel Siegel: Low temperature engine. August 16, 1977: US04041705 (8 worldwide citation)

The invention describes a new type of engine particularly adapted for the conversion of solar thermal energy at low temperature to mechanical and electrical energy. A relatively cold and a relatively warm chambers are sealed from the outside environment and contain a low boiling point evaporating fl ...


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Ota Hideaki: Solar thermal power generation facility and heat medium supply facility. Kawasaki Heavy, February 21, 2008: JP2008-039367 (8 worldwide citation)

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a heat medium supply facility capable of sufficiently suppressing variation at a point of time when recovering heat in a heat exchanger by leveling a temperature variation even if the heat medium has the continuous temperature variation.SOLUTION: The heat medium supp ...


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Raymond Joseph Reisdorf, Bryan Morris: Building-integrated solar-panel roof element systems. Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, Calfee Halter & Griswold, August 20, 2013: US08511006 (7 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 ...


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Robert A Erb: Header for a solar energy collection system. The Franklin Institute, Weiser Stapler & Spivak, December 18, 1979: US04178914 (7 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 ...