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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2832861
(54) English Title: MODULAR ROOF SOLAR PANEL FOR CONVENTIONAL SLOPING ROOF AND ROOFING INTEGRATION
(54) French Title: PANNEAU SOLAIRE MODULAIRE DE TOIT POUR TOIT EN PENTE CLASSIQUE ET INTEGRATION DE COUVERTURE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H02S 20/23 (2014.01)
  • H02S 30/10 (2014.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • RICHARDSON, ROBERT (Canada)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • RICHARDSON, ROBERT (Canada)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • RICHARDSON, ROBERT (Canada)
(74) Agent: CASSAN MACLEAN
(45) Issued: 2016-06-21
(22) Filed Date: 2013-11-08
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2015-05-08
Examination requested: 2015-01-27
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

English Abstract

There is provided an improved roof solar panel, embodying a photovoltaic panel mounted on a frame for easy installation onto a conventional sloped roof and integration with conventional roof coverings. Such panel includes a roof covering mounting surface on an outside support of the frame, a photovoltaic panel mounting surface on an inside support of the frame, and when installed on the roof, a retainer trim for securing the roof covering and photovoltaic panel mounted on said supports while mounting to the frame. The frame also serves to provide means for securing the panel onto roof trusses. Integration with the conventional roof covering provides, inter alia, an attractive low profile with improved water shedding, wind resistance, and thermal regulation properties. The invention also relates to a kit comprising, inter alia, said roof solar panel, and to a method of installing said roof solar panel.


French Abstract

Linvention propose un panneau solaire de toit amélioré, comportant un panneau photovoltaïque installé sur un châssis pour une installation facile sur un toit en pente classique et une intégration avec des couvertures de toit classiques. Un tel panneau comprend une surface de montage qui couvre le toit sur un support extérieur du châssis, une surface de montage du panneau photovoltaïque sur un support intérieur du châssis, et lorsquil est installé sur le toit, une garniture de maintien pour fixer la couverture du toit et le panneau photovoltaïque fixés sur lesdits supports pendant le montage sur le châssis. Le châssis sert également à fournir des moyens de fixer le panneau sur les fermes de toit. Lintégration avec la couverture de toit classique offre, entre autres, un profil bas attractif avec des propriétés améliorées dévacuation des eaux, de résistance au vent et de régulation thermique. Linvention concerne également une trousse qui comprend, entre autres, ledit panneau solaire de toit et une méthode dinstallation dudit panneau solaire de toit.


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I claim:
1. A modular roof solar panel for installation on a sloped roof, the solar
panel
comprising:
a rigid photovoltaic panel;
a rectangular frame comprising:
a width and a lower surface respectively configured for mounting of the solar
panel on a plurality of adjacent roof trusses, said trusses having
construction
industry standard separation;
an inside support, wherein said photovoltaic panel is mounted on said inside
support of the rectangular frame;
an outside support configured, for when the modular roof solar panel is
installed
on a sloped roof, for mounting of an overlapping part of a roof covering; and
a thickness which is about the same as a combined thickness of a roof
sheathing
and roof covering of an adjacent part of the roof;
a retainer trim mounted on top of the frame and overlapping the photovoltaic
panel so
as to secure said photovoltaic panel on the inside support, and also
overlapping the
outside support for securing said overlapping part of the roof covering when
the modular
roof solar panel is installed on a roof.
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2. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein the photovoltaic panel is sealingly
mounted onto
the inside support of the frame using a sealing adhesive.
3. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein the frame and retainer trim are made of

aluminum.
4. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein the retainer trim further comprises
fasteners for
securing the retainer trim to the frame.
5. The solar panel of claim 1, further comprising a spacer between the frame
and the
retainer trim.
6. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein the outside support is for mounting an
overlapping part of a roof covering that is either a shingle or steel roofing.
7. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein when the solar panel is installed on a
roof, the
retainer trim is sealingly mounted to the frame, photovoltaic panel, and roof
covering
using a sealing adhesive.
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8. The solar panel of claim 1, wherein the inside support, the outside
support, or the
inside support and the outside support are comprised of a recessed perimeter
ledge.
9. A kit of parts for installation of a modular roof solar panel for
installation on a sloped
roof, said kit comprising:
a solar panel comprising:
a rigid photovoltaic panel;
a rectangular frame comprising:
a width and a lower surface respectively configured for mounting of the
solar panel on a plurality of adjacent roof trusses, said trusses having
construction
industry standard separation;
an inside support, wherein said photovoltaic panel is mounted on said
inside support of the rectangular frame;
an outside support configured, for when the modular roof solar panel is
installed on a sloped roof, for mounting of an overlapping part of a roof
covering; and
a thickness which is about the same as a combined thickness of a roof
sheathing and roof covering of an adjacent part of the roof;
a retainer trim for mounting on top of the frame and overlapping the
photovoltaic panel
so as to secure said photovoltaic panel on the inside support, and also
overlapping the
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outside support for securing said overlapping part of the roof covering when
the modular
roof solar panel is installed on a roof;
one or more roof truss braces;
mounting hardware; and
one or more shingle strips.
10. A method of installing the modular roof solar panel according to claim 1
onto a
sloping roof so as to provide a roof solar panel, said method comprising:
selecting an area for mounting the modular roof solar panel;
installing mounting spacers on roof trusses around a perimeter of said area;
mounting the solar panel onto the roof trusses of said area;
securing the roof covering over said outside support and adjacent mounting
spacers; and
mounting the retainer trim on said frame, roof covering and photovoltaic
panel.
11. The method of claim 10 further comprising, after selecting the area for
mounting the
modular roof solar panel, installing roof truss braces between the roof
trusses and
preparing said roof truss braces for contact with the photovoltaic panel.
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12. The method of claim 10 wherein said securing of the roof covering
comprises using
sealing adhesive on an underside of the roof covering, and wherein said
mounting of
said retainer trim comprises using sealing adhesive between said retainer trim
and each
of said frame, roof covering, and photovoltaic panel.
13. The method of claim 10 wherein two or more abutting modular roof solar
panels are
installed using a connecting strip, and sealing adhesive between the outside
supports of
abutting sides of said abutting panels.
14. The method of claim 10, wherein the mounting spacers comprise strapping
and the
roof covering comprises steel roofing
15. The method of claim 10, wherein the mounting spacers comprise roof
sheathing and
the roof covering comprises shingles or steel roofing.
16. The method of claim 15, in which the roof covering comprises shingles,
further
comprising, after mounting of the retainer trim, integrating surrounding
shingles on
adjacent roof sheathing to said shingles on which said retainer trim has been
mounted.

17. The method of claim 15, in which the roof covering comprises shingles,
wherein
some of said shingles are shingle strips, said shingle strips being secured
onto said
outside support along both lateral sides and top side of the frame of the
modular roof
solar panel, and wherein other of said shingles are shingles secured onto said
outside
support along a bottom side of the frame of the modular roof solar panel such
that top
edges of said other shingles abut against an inside edge of said outside
support.
18. The method of claim 17 wherein said shingle strips are prepared from
shingles by
cutting away at least part of a showing surface of said shingles.
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(22) Filed 2013-11-08
Examination Requested 2015-01-27
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2015-05-08
(45) Issued 2016-06-21

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Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Filing $200.00 2013-11-08
Request for Examination $400.00 2015-01-27
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2015-11-09 $50.00 2015-11-03
Final $150.00 2016-04-01
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