Photovoltaic tile for a roof

  • US 8,776,455 B2
  • Filed: 06/17/2010
  • Issued: 07/15/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/17/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A photovoltaic tile for a roof comprising a plurality of said tiles, at least two adjacent tiles of which at least partially overlap each other, said photovoltaic tile includinga body having overlapping edges constituting a top edge and a bottom edge, the top edge being formed so as to cover the bottom edge of at least one of the adjacent tiles,a photovoltaic layer placed on a free part of an upper surface of the body outside the bottom edge,respective male and female electrical connectors which are connected to the photovoltaic layer by electrical conductors in order to electrically connect one to another the photovoltaic layers of at least two adjacent tiles of the roof,respective assembly elements provided on the respective overlapping edges so as to enable said overlapping edges to be mutually positioned during the placement of the two adjacent tiles by nesting of said adjacent assembly elements of the two adjacent tiles,wherein the assembly elements of the tile comprise:

  • respective blocking assembly elements provided on the respective overlapping edges, said blocking assembly elements comprising at least one shoulder forming a recess in one of the top edge and the bottom edge so as to enable said shoulder to be positioned against the other of the top edge and the bottom edge,respective centering assembly elements provided on the respective blocking assembly elements, said centering assembly elements comprising (i) at least one lug that protrudes from one of the top edge and the bottom edge, and (ii) at least one housing recessed in the other of the top edge and the bottom edge,so as to enable adjacent tiles to be centered relative to one another during the placement of two adjacent tiles by nesting of adjacent assembly elements of the two adjacent tiles,wherein each of the male and female electrical connectors is provided in a respective entirely recessed position in a respective one of the lug and the housing of the tile, so that, through the nesting of the adjacent assembly elements of the two adjacent tiles, the electrical connectors contained in the adjacent assembly elements of the two adjacent tiles simultaneously come into electrical contact with each other.

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