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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2751963
(54) English Title: SOLAR PANEL SECURING ASSEMBLY FOR SHEET METAL SLOPING ROOFS
(54) French Title: ENSEMBLE DE FIXATION DE PANNEAU SOLAIRE POUR LES TOITS METALLIQUES EN PENTE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H02S 20/23 (2014.01)
  • F16B 1/00 (2006.01)
  • F16B 5/00 (2006.01)
  • F16M 1/00 (2006.01)
  • F16M 11/00 (2006.01)
  • F24J 2/52 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • GILLES-GAGNON, FRANCOIS (Canada)
  • GILBERT, RAYMOND (Canada)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • OPSUN SYSTEMS INC. (Canada)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • OPSUN TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Canada)
(74) Agent: ROBIC
(45) Issued: 2013-11-26
(22) Filed Date: 2011-09-08
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2013-03-08
Examination requested: 2013-04-24
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

English Abstract

A spacer element for supporting and retaining a photovoltaic panel assembly spacedly over a rooftop corrugated sheet. The spacer element is generally U-shaped; one side leg thereof is shorter than the other side leg and has an oblong bore, the other side leg having an intermediate ridge section extending parallel to the oblong bore and toward the plane of the one leg and forming a web and two diverging walls. A screw engages centrally into the web and axially clears the shorter leg, for anchoring the main body to the supporting rooftop frame elements through the corrugated sheet. The intermediate ridge section abuts in conformingly fit fashion against a longitudinal rib of the corrugated sheet. A fraction of the shorter leg supports the photovoltaic panel assembly. An L-shape bracket inner leg abuts against the main body short leg, the bracket outer leg abutting sideways against a registering portion of the photovoltaic panel assembly. A second oblong bore is made into the outer leg and extends parallel to the plane of the main body base leg. A first nut with bolt engages the first oblong bore and adjustably interlocks the L-shape bracket to the spacer element main body. A second nut with bolt engages the second oblong bore for releasably adjustably interlocking the L-shape bracket to the photovoltaic panel assembly.


French Abstract

Élément d'espacement pour soutenir et retenir un assemblage de panneau photovoltaïque de façon espacée au-dessus d'une plaque ondulée de toiture. L'élément d'espacement est généralement en forme de U et comprend une patte latérale plus courte que l'autre patte latérale ainsi qu'un trou oblong. L'autre patte latérale a une crête intermédiaire parallèle au trou oblong et s'étendant vers le plan de la patte formant une toile et deux parois divergentes. Une vis est fixée au centre de la toile et dégage de manière axiale la patte plus courte pour que le corps principal puisse être ancré aux éléments du cadre de la toiture par la plaque ondulée. La crête intermédiaire est adjacente et ajustée à une bande longitudinale de la plaque ondulée. Une fraction de la plus petite patte soutient l'assemblage de panneau photovoltaïque. Une patte interne de support en L est adjacente à la courte patte du corps principal et la patte externe du support est latéralement adjacente à une partie d'appui de l'assemblage de panneau photovoltaïque. Un deuxième trou oblong est situé dans la patte externe et s'étend parallèlement au plan de la patte de base du corps principal. Un premier écrou avec boulon est en contact avec le premier trou oblong et fixe de manière ajustable le support en L au corps de l'élément d'espacement. Un deuxième écrou avec boulon est en contact avec le deuxième trou oblong pour fixer de manière ajustable le support en L à l'assemblage de panneau photovoltaïque.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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CLAIMS

THE EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION, IN WHICH AN EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OR PRIVILEGE
IS CLAIMED, ARE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS :


1. Spacer element for supporting and retaining a peripheral edge portion of a
photovoltaic
panel assembly spacedly over a rooftop corrugated sheet supported by
underlying rooftop frame
elements, said spacer element including:

a) a unitary main body being generally U-shaped and defining a base leg and
two
opposite first and second legs, said first leg being shorter than said second
leg and having
an oblong bore, said second leg having an intermediate ridge section extending
parallel to
said oblong bore and toward the plane of said first leg and forming a web and
two
diverging walls, said web closely spaced from said first leg parallel thereto,
a screw
aperture made centrally into said web and axially clearing said shorter first
leg, said first
and second legs defining inner walls facing each other and opposite outer
walls, said
second leg intermediate ridge section outer wall for abutting in conformingly
fit fashion
against a longitudinal rib of the corrugated sheet, a fraction of said first
leg outer wall for
supporting a peripheral edge portion of the photovoltaic panel assembly;

b) a screw member engaging said main body screw aperture for anchoring said
main
body to the supporting rooftop frame elements through the corrugated sheet;

c) an L-shape bracket, defining inner and outer legs, said bracket inner leg
abutting
against said main body first leg outer wall, said bracket outer leg for
abutting sideways
against a registering portion of the peripheral edge portion of photovoltaic
panel
assembly, and


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d) a first nut and bolt member engaging said first oblong bore and adjustably
interlocking said L-shape bracket to said spacer element main body wherein
said L-shape
bracket is movable relative to said main body along an axis parallel to said
main body
ridge section for adjustment of the photovoltaic panel assembly in a plane
parallel to the
rooftop corrugated sheet.


2. A spacer element as in claim 1, further including a second oblong bore made
into said
bracket outer leg and extending parallel to the plane of said main body base
leg, and a second nut
and bolt member engaging said second oblong bore for releasably adjustably
interlocking said L-
shape bracket to a registering portion of the peripheral edge portion of
photovoltaic panel
assembly, wherein said second nut and bolt member is movable along an axis
orthogonal to the
plane of said main body shorter first leg, for providing adjustable
displacement transversely
between the photovoltaic panel assembly and the rooftop corrugated sheet.


3. A spacer element as in claim 2, further including a flexible waterproof
membrane,
fixedly applied to said second leg outer wall, said membrane having a bore
registering with said
screw aperture, said screw member further engaging said membrane bore.


4. In combination, a planar photovoltaic panel assembly having a peripheral
frame, and a
spacer element supporting and retaining said peripheral frame of photovoltaic
panel assembly
spacedly over a rooftop corrugated sheet supported by underlying rooftop frame
elements, said
spacer element including:

a) a unitary main body being generally U-shaped and defining a base leg and
two
opposite first and second legs, said first leg being shorter than said second
leg and having
an oblong bore, said second leg having an intermediate ridge section extending
parallel to
said oblong bore and toward the plane of said first leg and forming a web and
two
diverging walls, said web closely spaced from said first leg parallel thereto,
a screw


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aperture made centrally into said web and axially clearing said shorter first
leg, said first
and second legs defining inner walls facing each other and opposite outer
walls, said
second leg intermediate ridge section outer wall for abutting in conformingly
fit fashion
against a longitudinal rib of the corrugated sheet, a fraction of said first
leg outer wall
supporting said peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel assembly;

b) a screw member engaging said main body screw aperture for anchoring said
main
body to the supporting rooftop frame elements through the corrugated sheet;

c) an L-shape bracket, defining inner and outer legs, said bracket inner leg
abutting
against said main body first leg outer wall, said bracket outer leg abutting
sideways
against a registering portion of the peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel
assembly, and
d) a first nut and bolt member engaging said first oblong bore and adjustably
interlocking said L-shape bracket to said spacer element main body wherein
said L-shape
bracket is movable relative to said main body along an axis parallel to said
main body
ridge section for adjustment of the photovoltaic panel assembly in a plane
parallel to the
rooftop corrugated sheet.


5. A spacer element and photovoltaic panel assembly combination as in claim 4,
further
including a second oblong bore made into said bracket outer leg and extending
parallel to the
plane of said main body base leg, and a second nut and bolt member engaging
said second
oblong bore and releasably adjustably interlocking said L-shape bracket to a
registering portion
of said peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel assembly wherein said second
nut and bolt
member is movable along an axis orthogonal to the plane of said main body
shorter first leg, for
providing adjustable displacement between the photovoltaic panel assembly and
the rooftop
corrugated sheet.


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6. A spacer element and photovoltaic panel assembly combination as in claim 5,
further
including a flexible waterproof membrane, fixedly applied to said second leg
outer wall, said
membrane having a bore registering with said screw aperture, said screw member
further
engaging said membrane bore.


7. In combination, a planar photovoltaic panel assembly having a peripheral
frame, rooftop
purlins for supporting a building rooftop corrugated sheet, and a number of
spacer elements
supporting and corner portions of said peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel
assembly spacedly
over the rooftop corrugated sheet, each of said spacer elements including:

a) a unitary main body being generally U-shaped and defining a base leg and
two
opposite first and second legs, said first leg being shorter than said second
leg and having
an oblong bore, said second leg having an intermediate ridge section extending
parallel to
said oblong bore and toward the plane of said first leg and forming a web and
two
diverging walls, said web closely spaced from said first leg parallel thereto,
a screw
aperture made centrally into said web and axially clearing said shorter first
leg, said first
and second legs defining inner walls facing each other and opposite outer
walls, said
second leg intermediate ridge section outer wall for abutting in conformingly
fit fashion
against a longitudinal rib of the corrugated sheet, a fraction of said first
leg outer wall
supporting said peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel assembly;

b) a screw member engaging said main body screw aperture and anchoring said
main
body to a corresponding said rooftop purlin and for engagement through the
corrugated
sheet;


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c) an L-shape bracket, defining inner and outer legs, said bracket inner leg
abutting
against said main body first leg outer wall, said bracket outer leg abutting
sideways
against a registering portion of the peripheral frame of photovoltaic panel
assembly; and
d) a first nut and bolt member engaging said first oblong bore and adjustably
interlocking said L-shape bracket to said spacer element main body wherein
said L-shape
bracket is movable relative to said main body along an axis parallel to said
main body
ridge section for adjustment of the photovoltaic panel assembly in a plane
parallel to the
rooftop corrugated sheet.


8. A combination as in claim 7, further including a second oblong bore made
into said
bracket outer leg and extending parallel to the plane of said main body base
leg, and a second nut
and bolt member engaging said second oblong bore and releasably adjustably
interlocking said
L-shape bracket to a registering portion of said peripheral frame of
photovoltaic panel assembly
wherein said second nut and bolt member is movable along an axis orthogonal to
the plane of
said main body shorter first leg, for providing adjustable displacement
between the photovoltaic
panel assembly and the rooftop corrugated sheet.


9. A spacer element and photovoltaic panel assembly combination as in claim 8,
further
including a flexible waterproof membrane, fixedly applied to said second leg
outer wall, said
membrane having a bore registering with said screw aperture, said screw member
further
engaging said membrane bore.


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(22) Filed 2011-09-08
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2013-03-08
Examination Requested 2013-04-24
(45) Issued 2013-11-26

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Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Registration of Documents $100.00 2011-09-08
Filing $400.00 2011-09-08
Registration of Documents $100.00 2013-02-22
Request for Examination $800.00 2013-04-24
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2013-09-09 $100.00 2013-09-06
Final $300.00 2013-09-11
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 3 2014-09-08 $100.00 2014-09-04
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 4 2015-09-08 $100.00 2015-08-19
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 5 2016-09-08 $200.00 2016-07-29
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 6 2017-09-08 $200.00 2017-09-06

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