AU2011100128A4 - A solar panel mounting bracket - Google Patents

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AU2011100128A4
AU2011100128A4 AU2011100128A AU2011100128A AU2011100128A4 AU 2011100128 A4 AU2011100128 A4 AU 2011100128A4 AU 2011100128 A AU2011100128 A AU 2011100128A AU 2011100128 A AU2011100128 A AU 2011100128A AU 2011100128 A4 AU2011100128 A4 AU 2011100128A4
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    • 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
    • F24S25/30Arrangement 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
    • 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
    • F24S25/65Fixation 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
    • F24S25/70Arrangement of stationary mountings or supports for solar heat collector modules with means for adjusting the final position or orientation of supporting elements in relation to each other or to a mounting surface; with means for compensating mounting tolerances
    • 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
    • F24S2025/801Special profiles having hollow parts with closed cross-section
    • 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
    • F24S2025/807Special profiles having undercut grooves
    • 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 FOR AN INNOVATION PATENT ORIGINAL Name of Applicant: Guangquan Wu Actual Inventor: Guangquan Wu Address for Service: C/- MADDERNS, GPO Box 2752, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Invention title: A SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING BRACKET The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me.

Technical Field The present invention is related to a solar panel mounting bracket. Background of the Invention In general a solar energy photovoltaic system comprises a solar panel assembly mounted on a roof or ground, wherein the solar panel assembly usually comprises a plurality of solar panels connected for larger solar energy collecting area. However, in the assembly of the conventional solar panels, no dedicated connecting gear is provided, thereby resulting in problems of inconvenience and low efficiency. The Summary of the Invention In order to solve the above mentioned problem, the present invention provides a solar panel mounting bracket allowing easy assembly and reliable connection. A solar panel mounting bracket disclosed by the present invention, comprise: a frame having an upper socket and a side socket; a fixture block mounted in the upper socket or side socket; a connecting element; and a threaded rod penetrating the connecting element and screwed in the fixture block; wherein the upper socket has a inward folded edge on each side of the opening thereof, and a rib on the bottom side of each folded edge, the width of the opening of each socket is adequate for the fixture block to pass through in a slanted way; the fixture block has contact surfaces and grooves I a on the top side thereof, which are engaged with the bottom surfaces and ribs of the folded edges respectively; the side socket has the same folded edges and ribs as the upper socket. Moreover, the frame has a positioning groove and a positioning rib respectively on the upper and lower portions of the opposite side to where the side socket is located, the positioning groove has a folded edge on the side of the opening thereof, the shape of the lower positioning rib conforms to the cavity of the upper positioning groove. Moreover, the upper positioning groove has an inward folded edge on each side of the opening thereof, the cross section of the lower positioning rib is T-shaped. In addition, the frame has a male and female surface on the side where the side socket is located; the male and female surface is engaged with another mounting bracket which has a corresponding male and female surface. In another aspect of the invention, the folded edge of the upper socket adjacent to the positioning groove is lower than another one; the lower folded edge is located on the middle back of the positioning groove. In assembly, for example, having been inserted into the cavity of the upper socket in a slanted way, the fixture block is turned back to horizontal; after that the threaded rod is tightened up to create a tight engagement between the fixture bock and the frame. The mounting bracket provided by the present invention has a reasonable design, featured in easy assembly and reliable connection, and more particularly the bracket can be flexibly used with different connecting elements for different functions. 2 The present invention, together with further objects and advantages, will be best understood by reference to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. Brief Description of the Drawings The drawings illustrate the best mode currently contemplated for carrying out the present invention. FIG.1, 2 and 3 illustrate the steps for the installation of the fixture block into the frame; FIG.4 illustrates the mounting bracket in an embodiment of the present invention; FIG.5 is a left view of the mounting bracket shown in FIG.4; FIG.6 illustrates the mounting bracket in the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG.7 is a left view of the mounting bracket in FIG.6; FIG.8 illustrates the mounting bracket in the third embodiment of the present invention; FIG.9 illustrates the mounting bracket in the fourth embodiment of the present invention; 3 Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiments A solar panel mounting bracket disclosed by the present invention, comprise: a frame 1 having an upper socket 5 and a side socket 6; a fixture block 2 mounted in the upper socket 5 or side socket 6; a connecting element 3; and a threaded rod 4 penetrating the connecting element 3 and screwed in the fixture block 2; wherein the upper socket 5 has inwards folded edges 51, 52 on the sides of the opening thereof, and ribs 53, 54 on the bottom sides of the folded edges 51, 52, the width of the opening of each socket 5, 6 is adequate for the fixture block 2 to pass through in a slanted way; the fixture block 2 has contact surfaces and grooves 21 on the top side thereof, which are engaged with the bottom surfaces and ribs 53, 54 of the folded edges 51, 52 respectively; the side socket 6 has the same folded edges 61, 62 and ribs 63, 64 as the upper socket 5. The preferred embodiments of the present invention are described as below: In the first embodiment, the frame 1 in conjunction with the connecting element 3 is used in mounting the solar panel. As shown in FIG.4 and 5, in this embodiment the connecting element 3 has a T shape. In assembly, the threaded rod 4 is screwed into the fixture block 2 across the connecting element 3, the fixture block 2 is aslant inserted into the cavity of the upper socket 5 and then turned back to horizontal; the solar panel is sleeved on the threaded rod 4 and placed between the T-shaped connecting element 3 and the frame 1. After that, the threaded rod is tightened up with the fixture block 2, the solar panel is therefore clamp-fixed between the T-shaped connecting element 3 and the frame 1. In the second embodiment, the frame 1 in conjunction with the connecting 4 element 3 is used in fixing the mounting bracket on a roof. As shown in FIG.6 and 7, the aluminum profile with a Z-shaped cross-section is selected as the connecting element 3 in this embodiment. In assembly, first the threaded rod 4 is screwed into the fixture block 2 across the connecting element 3, after the fixture block 2 is aslant inserted into the cavity of the upper socket 5 and then turned back to horizontal, the threaded rod is tightened up and so that the connecting element 3 is fixed on the main frame 1. Moreover, another end of the connecting element 3 is fixed on a roof or other places and so that the whole mounting bracket is firmly fixed. Of course, according to actual needs, the connecting element 3 can be fixed on a roof or other places in advance, and the frame 1 is connected to the connecting element 3 later on. In the third embodiment, the frame 1 in conjunction with the connecting element 3 is also used in fixing the mounting bracket. As shown in FIG.8, in order to enhance the reliability of the solar panel mounting bracket, in practice the mounting bracket is usually fixed on the crossbeam of a roof. In this type of applications, the more rigid and longer stainless steel die castings are selected as the connecting element 3. In this embodiment except that the connecting element 3 made of die-casting stainless steel is partially inserted into the roof to connect to the crossbeam, other assembly steps are the same as the second embodiment. Moreover, in order to further enhance the reliability of the mounting bracket, the frame 1 is designed to have a male and female surface 14 on the side where the side socket 6 is located, correspondingly the connecting element 3 has a male and female surface 31 on the contact side engaged with the male and female surface 14, thereby providing better fixation strength. The cross section of the male and female surface 14 can be wave shape or others. 5 In the fourth embodiment, a shorter frame 1 is used to connect two usual ones, as shown in FIG.9. As described before, a solar panel assembly usually comprises a plurality of solar panels connected for a larger solar energy collecting area, for more conveniences in assembling the panels, the frame 1 disclosed by the present invention is provide with positioning groove 11 and positioning rib 13 on the opposite side to where the side socket 6 is located, the positioning groove 11 has a folded edge 12 on the side of the opening thereof, the shape of the positioning rib 13 is matched with the cavity of the positioning rib 13. In manufacturing, some frames 1 are cut shorter than usual as connectors, as shown by the frame A in FIG.9, which is provided with at lease one screw hole Al respectively on the front and rear portions thereof. As the cavity of the positioning groove 11 conforms to the shape the positioning rib 13, in assembly the frame A serving as a connector is reversed so that its positioning rib and groove can be respectively engaged with the positioning grooves and ribs of two frames 1. After splicing, the connector A and the two frames 1 connected are fixed by screws. As an improvement to the above technical scheme, the upper positioning groove 11 has an inwards folded edge 12 on each side of the opening thereof, the cross section of the lower positioning rid 13 is T-shaped, this design allows a more rigid connection. Preferably, the folded edge 52 of the upper socket 5 adjacent to the upper positioning groove 11 is lower than another one, and located on the middle back of the positioning groove 11, whereby the strength of the main frame 1 is enhanced effectively. While the invention has been described in terms of what are presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention need not be limited to the disclosed embodiment. On the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the 6 appended claims which are to be accorded with the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar structures. 7

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