Lightweight, self-ballasting photovoltaic roofing assembly

  • US RE38,988 E1
  • Filed: 04/15/2003
  • Issued: 02/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A photovoltaic assembly comprising:

  • a building rooftop;

    a photovoltaic module having sides and having upper and lower surfaces; and

    a spacer secured to the lower surface of the photovoltaic module and supported by the building rooftop;

    said spacer sized and configured to define;

    an open region beneath said lower surface, said open region extending between and in contact with the lower surface and in direct contact with the building rooftop, and including access openings formed therein for fluidly coupling said open region to said upper surface;

    said access openings extending along at least two sides of said photovoltaic module;

    whereby wind uplift forces are resisted when said photovoltaic assembly is mounted to a support surface the building rooftop.

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