Solar trough frame, part and method

Craig Werner (Inventor), Kurt James Werner (Inventor), John Funai (Inventor)

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Abstract

A solar trough frame for holding solar mirrors includes a plurality of chords. The frame includes a plurality of extruded profiles, including chords, chord sleeves, struts, strut end pieces and mirror support pieces, each chord sleeve having at least one chord sleeve fin, each chord sleeve positioned about one of the chords. The frame includes a plurality of struts, at least one of the struts having a strut end piece having at least one strut fin that connects with a chord sleeve fin to connect the plurality of chords. The frame includes a platform supported by the chords and struts on which the solar mirrors are disposed. A chord sleeve for connecting a chord of a solar frame which supports solar mirrors to a strut end piece extending from a strut of the solar frame. A strut end piece for connecting the strut of a solar frame which supports solar mirrors to a chord sleeve of the solar frame. A method for linking a strut of a solar frame which supports solar mirrors to a chord of the solar frame. A method for supporting solar mirrors.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS8887470B2
Filing date26/08/2009
Publication statusPublished - 04 Mar 2010

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Werner, C., Werner, K. J., & Funai, J. (2010). Solar trough frame, part and method. (Patent No. US8887470B2).