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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)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Photovoltaic [PV] power plants, e.g. mobile PV generator systems
  • Combination of PW power plants with other systems for generation of electric energy
  • Supporting structures for PV modules
  • Structural details of PV modules not involving light conversion
  • Components or accessories specially adapted for PV modules, e.g. cleaning arrangements, optical components, electrical components, thermal components
  • Monitoring or testing of PV systems, e.g. load balancing or fault identification
  • Testing of PV devices
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices
Thermoelectric devices
Pyroelectric devices
Light sensitive organic semiconductor devices
Obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources
Solar heat collectors
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Space applications, e.g. power supply for satellites made of solar cell modules
B64J
Circuit arrangements or systems for supplying or distributing electric power
PV power plants; Combinations of PV energy systems with other systems for the generation of electric power
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Power plants
  • Hybrid diesel-PV energy systems
  • Hybrid wind-PV energy systems
  • Hybrid hydroelectric-PV energy systems
  • Energy storage means integrated in or associated with PV power plants
  • Thermophotovoltaic systems
  • Mobile PV generators
Supporting structures for PV modules
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Mechanical structures for supporting one or a plurality of PV modules.

Example:

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Special rules of classification within this group

Supporting structures also intended for use with solar heat collectors should also be classified in groups F24J 2/38 or F24J 2/52

Structural details of PV modules not involving light conversion (semiconductor device aspects of inorganic PV modules H01L 31/00, of organic PV modules H01L 51/00, of modules of electrolytic light sensitive devices H01G 9/20)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Frame structures
  • Collapsible or foldable PV modules
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Semiconductor device aspects of modules of electrolytic light sensitive devices
Semiconductor device aspects of inorganic PV modules
Semiconductor device aspects of organic PV modules
Components or accessories specially adapted for PV modules, not provided for in groups H02S 10/00-H02S 30/00
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Cleaning arrangements, e.g. means for removing snow
  • Optical components, e.g. light-concentrating means
  • Electrical components, e.g. junction boxes, module-to-module interconnection
  • Thermal components, e.g. cooling means
Monitoring or testing of PV systems, e.g. load balancing or fault identification
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Burglar, theft or intruder alarms
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013