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Tesla patent reveals Solar module aimed at faster, more attractive installations


Tesla Solar might have taken a step back from the limelight in recent decades because of the electric vehicle maker’s attempts to scale the Model 3 car, but recent signs from the firm indicate it is currently prepared to start aggressively pushing its Energy business. Aside from high-profile jobs like the expansion of the Hornsdale Power Reserve, Tesla also seems to be working to its own residential solar system installation procedures. 

One such improvement was summarized in a recent patent software titled Method and apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules. The patent describes a novel mounting method for photovoltaic modules that make them remove if necessary, preserve, and more easy to set up. Tesla notes its patent allows panel installations to be more aesthetically pleasing than traditional PV setups. 

In its discussion, Tesla clarified that solar panel installations are hit by a number of challenges, especially concerning rafter connections, grounding, wiring, alignment, and other variables related to the of their PV system. Bearing this in mind, Tesla stated there is a demand for a PV module system that’s simple, cost-effective, and widely adaptable. 

A side elevation cross-sectional view of a first embodiment of an interlocking photovoltaic module mounting method, demonstrating two adjoining interlocked photovoltaic module frames. (Credit: US Patent Office)
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To deal with all these conflicts, Tesla has come up with an invention that utilizes an interlocking photovoltaic module mounting method. This design provides a more “one slice, interlocks with adjoining module framework portions that are different and integrated photovoltaic module framework portion that’s directly mountable into a support structure. ” 

“A preferred embodiment of the invention involves an interlocking mechanism containing at least one C-shaped channel portion on the outside surface of the PV module frame penis together using the opening oriented parallel to the plane of the substantially horizontal top solar cell covering, and which interlocks with an identical adjoining C-shaped channel portion of an adjacent PV module framework member via the use of a separate male coupling member which is placed into the C-shaped portions of the two adjoining modules. The adjoining C-shaped channel portions do not overlap each other. The male coupling member may also serve as a method for providing floor goodwill between PV modules,” Tesla composed. 

Such a system would offer various advantages for Tesla and homeowners. Advantages include installation procedures and much elimination that is simpler, to list a few. Utilizing the design summarized in Tesla’s patent, the vehicle maker further clarified because the systems supply no openings between modules, that solar installations would seem better. Such a system will not make regular solar panel installations as attractive as, saya Tesla Solar Roof installation, however, it will allow for an extremely slick general appearance. 

“The ingenious system thus gives an interlocking, self-grounding, and self-aligning framing structure for each module, which provides three-dimensional adjustability, enables simple connection to the rafters, reduces penetrations from the roof, enables entry to wiring interconnects without removing modules, does not require expensive strut hardware, also utilizes a non-overlapping, interlocking mechanism which permits for all PV modules in an array to break in precisely the identical plane instead of having consecutive modules at slightly different angles because of the overlapping nature of an interleaved connection, and which in some embodiments enables removal of solitary PV modules from the center of the range. 

“The ingenious system also gives an attractive appearance by using a very low profile, without any openings between modules, without a visible hold-downs or hardware, plus optional cosmetic flashings for viewing visible borders of the range and optional cosmetic caps for masking the little openings that may occur, or in 1 embodiment, for bridging between 2 adjoining PV modules to pay for the wiring. Additional advantages are described herein,” Tesla mentioned. 

Promoting solar setups to homeowners is a vital part of Tesla Energy’s business. And also to obtain an edge in the home market that is solar, Tesla would have to make sure its PV installations are all worthy of its superior brand while still being cheap overall. Tesla’s cars are a cut above the rest of the marketplace and the expectations for its energy business are large. With such notions as introduced in this recently published patent application, it might appear that Tesla is researching ways to enhance its solar initiatives, even down to their mounting platform. 

Read the entire discussion on Tesla’s innovative PV mounting alternative patent here.

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