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AU2009101302A4
AU2009101302A4 AU2009101302A AU2009101302A AU2009101302A4 AU 2009101302 A4 AU2009101302 A4 AU 2009101302A4 AU 2009101302 A AU2009101302 A AU 2009101302A AU 2009101302 A AU2009101302 A AU 2009101302A AU 2009101302 A4 AU2009101302 A4 AU 2009101302A4
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02SGENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER BY CONVERSION OF INFRA-RED RADIATION, VISIBLE LIGHT OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, e.g. USING PHOTOVOLTAIC [PV] MODULES
    • H02S20/00Supporting structures for PV modules
    • H02S20/20Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object
    • H02S20/22Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object specially adapted for buildings
    • H02S20/23Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object specially adapted for buildings specially adapted for roof structures
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/30Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules using elongate rigid mounting elements extending substantially along the supporting surface, e.g. for covering buildings with solar heat collectors
    • F24S25/33Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules using elongate rigid mounting elements extending substantially along the supporting surface, e.g. for covering buildings with solar heat collectors forming substantially planar assemblies, e.g. of coplanar or stacked profiles
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/60Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/61Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules for fixing to the ground or to building structures
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/60Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/63Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules for fixing modules or their peripheral frames to supporting elements
    • F24S25/634Clamps; Clips
    • F24S25/636Clamps; Clips clamping by screw-threaded elements
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/60Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules
    • F24S25/65Fixation means, e.g. fasteners, specially adapted for supporting solar heat collector modules for coupling adjacent supporting elements, e.g. for connecting profiles together
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S2025/01Special support components; Methods of use
    • F24S2025/018Means for preventing movements, e.g. stops
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24SSOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS; SOLAR HEAT SYSTEMS
    • F24S25/00Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules
    • F24S2025/80Special profiles
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02BCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO BUILDINGS, e.g. HOUSING, HOUSE APPLIANCES OR RELATED END-USER APPLICATIONS
    • Y02B10/00Integration of renewable energy sources in buildings
    • Y02B10/10Photovoltaic [PV]
    • Y02B10/12Roof systems for PV cells
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02EREDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
    • Y02E10/00Energy generation through renewable energy sources
    • Y02E10/40Solar thermal energy
    • Y02E10/47Mountings or tracking

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Regulation 3.2 AUSTRALIA Patents Act 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION DIVISIONAL INNOVATION PATENT APPLICANT: KerryJ Investment Pty Ltd INVENTION TITLE: MOUNTING SYSTEM The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me: ilounting System Technical Field This patent relates to a mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module. It is 5 particularly used for outdoor mounting installation of photovoltaic modules. Background Technology Solar energy is applied in all kinds of fields and plays a wide role in people's daily life, particularly with the development of science and technology as well as the growth of 10 people's environmental consciousness. Solar water heater, solar energy car, solar energy yacht and solar energy bicycle have been coming into more common use gradually, especially solar water heater which has already been used widely. Photovoltaic modules (PV modules) or "solar panels" are the core part of a solar 15 generated electricity system. It undertakes the process of transforming solar radiant energy into electricity, which is then stored in a solar cell or battery or directly used in relevant work. Therefore photovoltaic modules (PV modules) or "solar panels" must be installed outdoors, such as on roofs, where they can receive sufficient radiant energy from the sun. Photovoltaic modules are usually flat and with large surface area 20 in order to obtain more radiant energy. However such a shape and size makes them more affected by wind, so the installation fixture must have strong location capacity and structure strength. USA patent US2006/0156651 discloses a mounting system consisting of aluminum 25 profiles (1, 11) in which threaded sliding blocks (14) inserted in the profiles are used, in particular, for fastening to solar modules and roof supports. The mounting system comprises at least two spaced apart profiled mounting rails (1) respectively with a support (2) limiting the profile height (7) and a connection (3) below the support (2) for 2 the roof mounting. Threaded sliding blocks (14) are inserted in a form-fitting manner in each profiled mounting rail (1) for fastening the connection with the solar modules and the roof mounts. The profiled mounting rail has additional connecting profiles (4, 5, 6), arranged on the side or on the side and bottom, for engagement with complementary 5 connecting profiles (8, 9, 10) of a profiled connecting rail (11). The profiled mounting rail (1) can be extended by sliding shaped pieces (13) with the profile of the profiled mounting rail (1) onto the profiled connecting rail (1 1). However as shown in the Prior Art Figures 1 and 2 in the present document the 10 apparatus of the US document has one kind of photovoltaic modules mounting system, which includes a rail 1 and clamp 2 which in use insert clamp 2 with screw into rail 1, then fix middle clamp 4 with clamp 2 by screw 3, then the photovoltaic modules is fixed between middle clamp 4 and rail 1. The photovoltaic modules are fixed onto rail using doubles of clamp 2, while the other side of rail 1 is fixed onto the 15 roof or other place by clamp 2. With the "L" style clamp 2, its end without screw is designed to be an incurved hook 21, and the baffle 11 on rail 1 is formed accordingly to stop the clamp 2 on lateral orientation. The top end of baffle 11 is formed by a flange, and in cooperation with a hook 21, aims to stop clamp 2 in a longitudinal orientation. However there is substantial movement of the intricate arrangement and 20 interconnection of L-shaped clamp and therefore not a solid and fixed positioning mounting of the photovoltaic modules. Also it can be seen that this structure, in order to retain photovoltaic modules to fixed lateral location, requires the structure to be overcomplicated. Also the photovoltaic 25 modules have large area and perimeter taking substantial fitting space, and the rail 1 needs to be a single length, and so wastes a lot of material and the costs rise correspondingly. 3 Summary of the Invention It is an object of the invention to overcome or at least ameliorate one or more of the problems of the prior art by providing a simple structured mounting system, having excellent lateral and longitudinal location. 5 In accordance with the invention there is provided a mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module, and having a mounting rack structure including at least one rail and at least two clamps; wherein the at least one rail includes two different entrances forming two input spaces each providing a space to input one of the at least two 10 clamps; with each side of the entrance of the input space being infolded to be a stop bar or the inner wall being shaped to include a stop wall so as to retain one of the at least two clamps within a respective input space by engagement of lateral portions of the one of the at least two clamps to the stop bar and/or the stop wall; and wherein a threaded hole is run through each of the clamps to allow receipt of a bolt to provide 15 fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure and wherein the two input spaces are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space and a lateral input space to allow for the substantially perpendicular orientation of the open entrances of the two input spaces to receive two of the at least two clamps in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each other 20 and allow relative mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure. In one embodiment, one side of the inner wall of the at least one input space can have a pitch surface narrowing gradually toward the entrance to the inner space so that 25 more than one inner wall under the stop bar or stop wall could be closed fit with the clamp. The invention also provides a mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module, 4 including a mounting rack structure having at least one rail and at least two clamps; wherein the at least one rail includes a substantially H cross sectional structure with a front wall and a back wall and a closed base wall and two different entrances forming two input spaces each providing a space to input one of the at least two clamps; 5 wherein the two input spaces have a top entrance and a lower front entrance through the front wall and are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space and a lateral input space with perpendicular orientation of the open entrances of the two input spaces to receive clamps in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each other; with one side of the entrance of the input space being infolded to be a stop bar 10 and the inner wall of the other side is shaped to include a stop wall so as to retain one of the at least two clamps within the input space; and wherein a threaded hole is run through each of the clamps to allow receipt of a bolt extend and trap an outer side of a photovoltaic module and be clamped by the bolt and clamp to an upper surface of the linear rail thereby providing fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and 15 the rack to a supporting structure The profile of at least one of the at least two clamps is in one form similar to a "z" shape having a stop block on each side formed by protruding ends of the "z" shape to engage the stop bars and/or the stop walls so as to retain one of the at least two 20 clamps within the input space. A sliding guide can be provided in one side of the stop block of the at least one clamp and correspondingly there is a sliding guide formed on the input space inner wall of the input space of the rail whereby the clamp is held within the input space and is 25 slidable along the rail to the required fixing point. The invention still further provides a method of mounting a photovoltaic module including the steps of: 5 a) Providing at least one elongated linear rail having consistent cross section with two inner spaces extending longitudinally and each inner space having external entrances at angle to each other; b) Providing at least one clamp for insertion in each input space and able to S receive a bolt extending through the entrance and be held by the clamp; c) Fixing a bolt to extend and trap an outer side of a photovoltaic module and be clamped by the bolt and clamp to an upper surface of the linear rail d) Fixing a bolt to extend and engage a supporting surface and be clamped by the bolt and clamp the rail to the supporting surface; 10 wherein the rail has a cross sectional shape with the mating surface grooves such that two rails can be connected together end to end by a third rail portion relatively positioned contiguously and at 180 degrees to the other two rails. It can be seen that in one embodiment the mounting system for mounting a 15 photovoltaic module provides several mating surface grooves which are formed on an outer side of the rail allowing for connection to the outer side of a second rail and the mating surface groove on the two rails could be connected together allowing connection of two rails relatively positioned at 180 degrees. 20 In use, the clamp is placed into the input space of rail, fix press plate and clamped by a screw bolt, so the photovoltaic module is clipped between the press plate and the rail. Fix the photovoltaic module to the rail by the rail and several clamps around the photovoltaic module. And fix it to the roof by another input space, clamp and screw. Both sides of the clamp would be stop by the stop bar and stop block completely to 25 locate the longitudinal orientation after fasten the screw. As the clamp close with the stop block, a close fit is formed between the inner wall of Input space and the clamp to locate the lateral orientation. 6 Therefore, we can get the effect of lateral and longitudinal location by forming two stop blocks on the Input space in the side. It is much simpler than the current technique (American patent US2006/0156651), then save material. Otherwise, clamp of this utility model needn't to be incurved into "L", so clamp of this model has better structure 5 intensity when using material of same volume. Brief Description of the Drawings In order that the invention is more readily understood an embodiment will be described by way of illustration only with reference to the drawings wherein: 10 Figure 1 is a diagrammatic view of a section of rail in prior art; Figure 2 is a diagrammatic view of a working state sketch of a rail structure in prior art; Figure 3 is a diagrammatic sectional view a photovoltaic module mounting system in accordance with an embodiment of the invention; 15 Figure 4 is a diagrammatic view of rail structure of the photovoltaic module mounting system of Figure 3; Figure 5 is a diagrammatic sectional view of the clamp of the photovoltaic module mounting system of Figure 3; Figure 6 is a diagrammatic side view of the of the photovoltaic module mounting 20 system of Figure 3; Figure 7 is a diagrammatic sectional view of a combination of two rails joined by the out flange in a photovoltaic module mounting system of Figure 3; and Figure 8 is a diagrammatic perspective view of the connection between the rails by the out flange of the combination of two rails of Figure 7. 25 Preferred Embodiment of the Invention An embodiment of the invention is shown in Figures 3 to 8. Figures 3 and 4 are an example of photovoltaic modules mounting system using this invention and includes a 7 mounting rack structure a rail 5 and two clamps 6 for holding a photovoltaic module 7 by a bolt 3 extending from a press plate 4 on an outer side of the module 7 to one of the clamps 6 mounted in an upper input space 51A in the rail 5. 5 The rail 5 is continuous elongated rail with primarily a substantially consistent H cross sectional structure with a front wall 11, a back wall 12 and a closed base wall 13 with a cross member 14 extending substantially across a middle section between the front wall towards the back wall to define two input spaces 51A and 51B. Entrances 50A and 50B are provided relatively for each of the two input spaces 51A and 51B each 10 providing a space to input one of the at least two clamps 6. As shown in Figure 4, the Rail 5 has two input spaces 51A and 51B with different orientations, which are mutual perpendicular. The longitudinal input space 51A in the upper section of the substantially H shape rail with the upper entrance 50A is used to 15 hold the clamp 6 to fix the photovoltaic module 7. The lateral input space 51 B with the lateral lower front entrance 50B is used to hold the clamp 6 to fix the rail 5 to the pre-location of the supporting structure. Each side of the entrance 50A or 50B of the input spaces 51A and 51B are either 20 infolded to be a stop bar or the inner wall being shaped to include a stop wall so as to retain one of the at least two clamps within a respective input space by engagement of lateral portions of the one of the at least two clamps to the stop bar and/or the stop wall. In particular the longitudinal input space 51A has one side of the input space hatch forming a stop bar 52, the other side forming a stop block 53 on the inner wall 25 54. The stop block 53 of the longitudinal input space, the top of the inner wall 54 towards the entrance but below the stop block 53 and the clamp 6 form a close fit. However the inner wall 54 is an inclined plane which gradually widens toward the entrance 50A. 8 As shown in Figure 5 a threaded hole is run through each of the clamps 6 to allow receipt of a bolt 3 to provide fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module 7 to the rack 5 and the rack to a supporting structure. In particular the clamp 6 has a 'Z' profile. It is formed having a stop block 62 on each side formed by protruding ends of the "z" 5 shape. There is a threaded hole 61 throughout the clamp 6 body. As shown in cross section in Figure 3 and in a diagrammatic side view in Figure 6 when using this invention, the clamp 6 is located in the rail longitudinal input space 51A, and a spaced press plate 4 is fixed to the clamp 6 by a bolt 6. The photovoltaic 10 module 7 would be clipped between the press plate 4 and the rail 5. It can take several clamps 6 along the rail to fix the surround of the photovoltaic module to the rail 5. The fastening of the photovoltaic module 7 on the roof or the other places is 15 dependent on the lateral input space 51 B in the rail 5, and the clamp 6 and the bolt 3 to fix the rail 5 to the roof or the other places. When fastening the bolt 3, the two end stop blocks 62 of the z-shaped clamp 6 would close against the stop bar 52 and stop wall 53, to form a fixed longitudinal location. 20 When the clamp 6 is closed to the stop wall 53, the inner wall of the input space 51 would be close fitting with clamp 6 in a lateral location. Since the inner wall 54 is an inclined plane which widens gradually toward the entrance, it is easier to insert the clamp 6 into the input space 51 at the wide position. 25 When fixing the rail 5, due to the weight of the photovoltaic module 7 and the rail 5, it is impossible to shake in the longitudinal orientation as the location is secured. It can be seen that the close fit structure between the inner wall 54 of the lateral input space 51 and the clamp 6 do not need to have an inner wall 54 with an inclined plane. 9 For the lateral location of the clamp 6 in the rail 5, there is formed a location slide rail 56 on the inner wall 54 of the base wall 13 in the lateral input space 51 B of the rail 5. A sliding guide 63 is formed in one side stop block of the clamp 6. The lateral location 5 performance is strengthened by the fit between the slide rail 56 and the sliding guide 63. In addition, with reference to Figure 7, there are shown two rail portions that can be interfitted. Each rail has an outer side of the back wall 12 of the rail 5 formed with 10 pair of inwardly extending flanges 55A on a top section and pair of inwardly extending flanges 55B on a bottom section, which can be used to engage each other after two rails are position back wall to back wall but with a relative rotation of 180 degrees. This can particularly be use to have a short section connect two end to end long sections to form a continuous rail and increase the length of the rail 5 as shown in 15 Figure 8. In one embodiment of the invention, the mounting system has a mounting rack structure including at least one rail 5 and at least two clamps 6 wherein the at least one rail 5 includes two different entrances 50A or 50B forming two input spaces 51A 20 and 51 B each providing a space to input one of the at least two clamps 6. With each side of the entrance of the input space 51A and 51B being infolded to be a stop bar or the inner wall being shaped to include a stop wall so as to retain one of the at least two clamps 6 within a respective input space by engagement of lateral portions of the one of the at least two clamps 6 to the stop bar and/or the stop wall. A threaded hole is 25 run through each of the clamps 6 to allow receipt of a bolt 3 to provide fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure. In such an embodiment, the two input spaces 51A and 51B are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space and a lateral input space to allow for the substantially 10 perpendicular orientation of the open entrances 50A or 50B of the two input spaces 51A and 51 B to receive two of the at least two clamps 6 in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each other and allow relative mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure. 5 There is also provided a mounting rack structure having at least one rail 5 and at least two clamps 6 wherein the at least one rail 5 includes a substantially H cross sectional structure with a front wall 11, and a back wall 12 and a closed base wall 13 and two different entrances forming two input spaces 51A and 51B each providing a space to 10 input one of the at least two clamps 6. The two input spaces 51A and 51 B have a top entrance and a lower front entrance through the front wall 11 and are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space 51A and a lateral input space 51B with perpendicular orientation of the open entrances of the two input spaces to receive clamps 6 in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each other with one side of the 15 entrance of the input space being infolded to be a stop bar 52 and the inner wall of the other side is shaped to include a stop wall 53 so as to retain one of the at least two clamps 6 within the input space. The threaded hole is run through each of the clamps 6 to allow receipt of a bolt 3 extend and trap an outer side of a photovoltaic module and be clamped by the bolt 3 and clamp 6 to an upper surface of the linear rail thereby 20 providing fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure The mounting system also provide for the profile of at least one of the at least two clamps 6 to be similar to a "z" shape having a stop block on each side formed by 25 protruding ends of the "z" shape to engage the stop bars and/or the stop walls so as to retain one of the at least two clamps within the input space 51A and 51B. The mounting system, also provides for mounting a photovoltaic module wherein 11 several mating surface grooves are formed on an outer side of the rail 5 allowing for connection to the outer side of a second rail and the mating surface groove on the two rails could be connected together allowing connection of two rails relatively positioned at 180 degrees. 5 Generally, it can be seen that the invention provides a secure mechanism for the lateral and the longitudinal location of a photovoltaic module, and it is simpler, compact, effective, adaptive and saves material than the prior art. 10 12

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1. A mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module, and having: a mounting rack structure including at least one rail and at least two clamps; 5 i. wherein the at least one rail includes two different entrances forming two input spaces each providing a space to input one of the at least two clamps; ii. with each side of the entrance of the input space being infolded to be a stop bar or the inner wall being shaped to include a stop wall so as to 10 retain one of the at least two clamps within a respective input space by engagement of lateral portions of the one of the at least two clamps to the stop bar and/or the stop wall; and iii. wherein a threaded hole is run through each of the clamps to allow receipt of a bolt to provide fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to 15 the rack and the rack to a supporting structure. wherein the two input spaces are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space and a lateral input space to allow for the substantially perpendicular orientation of the open entrances of the two input spaces to receive two of the at least two clamps in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each 20 other and allow relative mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure.
2. A mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module, including a mounting rack structure having at least one rail and at least two clamps 25 i. wherein the at least one rail includes a substantially H cross sectional structure with a front wall and a back wall and a closed base wall and two different entrances forming two input spaces each providing a space to input one of the at least two clamps; 13 ii. wherein the two input spaces have a top entrance and a lower front entrance through the front wall and are mutually perpendicular to form a longitudinal input space and a lateral input space with perpendicular orientation of the open entrances of the two input spaces to receive 5 clamps in substantially perpendicular arrangement to each other iii. with one side of the entrance of the input space being infolded to be a stop bar and the inner wall of the other side is shaped to include a stop wall so as to retain one of the at least two clamps within the input space; and 10 iv. wherein a threaded hole is run through each of the clamps to allow receipt of a bolt extend and trap an outer side of a photovoltaic module and be clamped by the bolt and clamp to an upper surface of the linear rail thereby providing fixed mounting of the photovoltaic module to the rack and the rack to a supporting structure 15
3. A mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the profile of at least one of the at least two clamps is similar to a "z" shape having a stop block on each side formed by protruding ends of the "z" shape to engage the stop bars and/or the stop walls so as to retain 20 one of the at least two clamps within the input space.
4. A mounting system, for mounting a photovoltaic module according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein several mating surface grooves are formed on an outer side of the rail allowing for connection to the outer side of a second rail and 25 the mating surface groove on the two rails could be connected together allowing connection of two rails relatively positioned at 180 degrees.
5. A mounting system substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to any 14 one or more of Figures 3 to 8. 15
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