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Aternating current photovoltaic building block

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6,750,391
June 15, 2004
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Alternating Current Photovoltaic Building Block
A modular apparatus for and method of alternating current photovoltaic power generation comprising via a photovoltaic module, generating power in the form of direct current; and converting direct current to alternating current and exporting power via one or more power conversion and transfer units attached to the module, each unit comprising a unitary housing extending a length or width of the module, which housing comprises: contact means for receiving direct current from the module; one or more direct current-to-alternating current inverters; an alternating current bus; and contact means for receiving alternating current from the one or more inverters.
Bower; Ward Issac (Albuquerque, NM), Thomas; Michael G. (Albuquerque, NM), Ruby; Douglas S. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/280,530
October 25, 2002
136/244 ; 136/251; 136/291; 136/293; 323/906; 363/178; 363/60;
H01L 31/048 (20060101); H01L 31/05 (20060101); H01L 31/00 (20060101); H01L 031/048 (); H01L 031/05 ();
136/244,291,293,251 323/906 363/60,178
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The Government has rights to this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.