Enel has been granted a patent for a supporting system for photovoltaic panels that simplifies installation and reduces costs. The system includes a supporting beam with a U-shaped channel profile, allowing for easy positioning using robots and reducing production and maintenance expenses. GlobalData’s report on Enel gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Enel, Power grid analytics was a key innovation area identified from patents. Enel's grant share as of January 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Supporting system for photovoltaic panels with easy installation and cost reduction

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Enel SpA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11824490B2) discloses a system for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels, featuring a unique supporting beam design. The system includes at least one photovoltaic panel and a supporting beam with a U-shaped channel profile, allowing for the elastic deformation of the main body during installation to securely lock the panels in place. The terminal ends of the beam are equipped with insertion fins and locking elastic elements, ensuring a stable final installation position for the panels. Each locking elastic element includes a second fin with an interference portion designed to fit into corresponding slots on the photovoltaic panel, enhancing the overall stability of the system.

Furthermore, the patent details various configurations and additional elements of the system, such as the positioning of locking elastic elements on plane regions, the use of insertion fins with an overturned "L" shape to secure the panels in multiple directions, and the inclusion of multiple insertion fins and locking elastic elements for each terminal end of the supporting beam. Additionally, the patent describes the integration of the locking elastic elements with the main body of the beam, as well as the methods of obtaining the second fins through partial cutting or folding of the beam's components. These innovative features aim to streamline the installation process of PV panels, providing a secure and efficient solution for solar energy systems.

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