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CPC
COOPERATIVE PATENT CLASSIFICATION
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GENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER BY CONVERSION OF INFRA-RED RADIATION, VISIBLE LIGHT OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, e.g. USING PHOTOVOLTAIC [PV] MODULES (light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00; pyroelectric devices H01L 37/00; light sensitive organic semiconductor devices H01L 51/00; obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources G21H 1/12; solar heat collectors F24J 2/00)
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PV power plants; Combinations of PV energy systems with other systems for the generation of electric power
WARNING
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Groups H02S 10/10 - H02S 10/40 are incomplete pending reclassification of documents from group H02S 10/00.

Until reclassification is complete, groups H02S 10/00 should be considered in order to perform a complete search.

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including a supplementary source of electric power, e.g. hybrid diesel-PV energy systems (combinations with gas-turbine plants F02C 6/00)
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Hybrid wind-PV energy systems
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Systems characterised by their energy storage means (H02S 40/38 takes precedence)
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Thermophotovoltaic systems (photovoltaic cells specially adapted for conversion or sensing of infra-red [IR] radiation H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00)
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Mobile PV generator systems
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Supporting structures for PV modules
NOTE
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Supporting structures also intended for use with solar heat collectors should also be classified in groups F24J 2/38 or F24J 2/52

WARNING
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Groups H02S 20/10 - H02S 20/32 are incomplete pending reclassification of documents from groups H02S 20/00, F24J 2/00, F24J 2/38, and H01L 31/048.

Until reclassification is complete, groups H02S 20/00, F24J 2/00, F24J 2/38, and H01L 31/048 should be considered in order to perform a complete search.

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Supporting structures directly fixed to the ground (H02S 20/30 takes precedence)
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Supporting structures directly fixed to an immovable object (H02S 20/30 takes precedence)
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specially adapted for motorways, e.g. integrated with sound barriers
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specially adapted for buildings
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specially adapted for roof structures
H02S 20/24
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specially adapted for flat roofs
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Roof tile elements
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Building materials integrated with PV modules, e.g. façade elements (H02S 20/25 takes precedence)
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H02S 20/30
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Supporting structures being movable or adjustable, e.g. for angle adjustment
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specially adapted for solar tracking
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Structural details of PV modules other than those related to light conversion (semiconductor device aspects of modules of electrolytic light sensitive devices H01G 9/20, of inorganic PV modules H01L 31/00, of organic PV modules H01L 51/42)
WARNING
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Groups H02S 30/10 and H02S 30/20 are incomplete pending reclassification of documents from group H02S 30/00.

Until reclassification is complete, group H02S 30/00 should be considered in order to perform a complete search.

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Frame structures
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Collapsible or foldable PV modules
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Components or accessories specially adapted for PV modules, not provided for in groups H02S 10/00-H02S 30/00
WARNING
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Groups H02S 40/10 - H02S 40/44 are incomplete pending reclassification of documents from groups H02S 40/00, F24J 2/00, H01L 31/0232, H01L 31/05 - H01L 31/055.

Until reclassification is complete, groups H02S 40/00, F24J 2/00, H01L 31/0232 and H01L 31/05 - H01L 31/055 should be considered in order to perform a complete search.

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Cleaning arrangements
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Means for removing snow
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Optical components
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Light-reflecting or light-concentrating means (directly associated with the PV cell or integrated with the PV cell H01L 31/054)
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Electrical components
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comprising DC/AC inverter means associated with the PV module itself, e.g. AC modules
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comprising specially adapted electrical connection means to be structurally associated with the PV module, e.g. junction boxes
H02S 40/345
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{
with cooling means associated with the electrical connection means, e.g. cooling means associated with or applied to the junction box (cooling means for PV cells H01L 31/052, for PV modules H02S 40/42 )
}
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characterised by special electrical interconnection means between two or more PV modules, e.g. electrical module-to-module connection
H02S 40/38
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Energy storage means, e.g. batteries, structurally associated with PV modules
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Thermal components (H02S 10/30 takes precedence)
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Cooling means (cooling means directly associated or integrated with the PV cell H01L 31/052)
H02S 40/425
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{
using a gaseous or a liquid coolant, e.g. air flow ventilation, water circulation
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Means to utilise heat energy, e.g. hybrid systems producing warm water and electricity at the same time (directly associated with the PV cell or integrated with the PV cell H01L 31/0525)
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Monitoring or testing of PV systems, e.g. load balancing or fault identification
WARNING
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Groups H02S 50/10 - H02S 50/15 are incomplete pending reclassification of documents from group H02S 50/00.

Until reclassification is complete, group H02S 50/00 should be considered in order to perform a complete search.

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Testing of PV devices, e.g. of PV modules or single PV cells (testing of semiconductor devices during manufacturing
{
H01L 22/00
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using optical means, e.g. using electroluminescence
H02S 99/00
Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
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Last Modified: 10/10/2013