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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2012/0229984 A1
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THERMAL MODULE FOR SOLAR

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INVERTER

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Sep. 13, 2012

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ABSTRACT

Nighter Guo, New Taipei City
(TW); Wess Juan, New Taipei City
(TW); Jinj in He, New Taipei City
(TW)

A thermal module for mounting to and using with a solar
inverter includes a heat sink, at least one cooling module, and
a thermal insulator. The heat sink has a heat-receiving portion
and a heat-radiating portion, and the cooling module has a hot

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contact with the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink while

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side and a cold side. The hot side of the cooling module is in
the cold side is in contact with a heat-producing source on the

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solar inverter. The thermal insulator is provided in a space

between the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink, the cool
ing module, and the heat-producing source of the solar
inverter. With the cooling module provided between the heat

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upgraded heat dissipation ef?ciency.

1 . 13.Patent Application Publication Sep. 2012 Sheet 1 0f 4 US 2012/0229984 A1 Fig.

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2012 Sheet 3 0f 4 US 2012/0229984 A1 .Patent Application Publication Sep. 13.

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By utiliZing the nature-pro vided solar energy to generate electric poWer. Moreover. Most improvements made to the current solar poWer generation devices are only changes in the appearance thereof for adding some additional functions thereto. 2 is an assembled sectional vieW of the thermal module according to the ?rst embodiment of the present ous ?elds. module according to the present invention is designed for [0017] mounting to and using With a solar inverter and includes a heat sink. [0019] Please refer to FIG. [0014] Please refer to FIGS. [0015] The heat sink 11 has a heat-receiving portion 111 located at one side thereof and a heat-radiating portion 112 located at another side opposite to the heat-receiving portion 111. the thermal perspective and assembled sectional vieWs. respectively. The thermal module 1 in the second embodiment includes a heat sink 11. at least one . 2012 US 2012/0229984 A1 THERMAL MODULE FOR SOLAR INVERTER FIELD OF THE INVENTION [0006] By providing the cooling module betWeen the heat sink and the solar inverter. 1 and 2 that are exploded mance and service life of the solar inverter. no environmen tal pollution Will be caused and it is able to avoid the highly dangerous risk in using nuclear poWer generation. and (2) extending the service performance of a solar inverter. [0016] The cooling module 12 has a hot side 121 and a cold side 122. FeW people propose solutions as to the circuits and heat dissipation of the solar poWer generation devices. and a thermal insulator. HoW ever. the heat sink can only provide very limited heat dissi pation effect and accordingly. the solar inverter can only be cooled to a certain temperature and the housing of the solar inverter could not have constantly loWered temperature. In brief. at least one cooling module 12. and the receiving portion 111 of the heat sink 11. [0001] The present invention relates to a thermal module. 4 is a sectional vieW shoWing the thermal mod ule of the present invention in use. As can be found [0011] FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective vieW of a thermal module according to a ?rst embodiment of the present inven maintenance cost. The produced heat must be timely dissipated to avoid adverse in?uence on the perfor [0013] The present invention Will noW be described With some preferred embodiments thereof. and storage. Wherein [0009] FIG. and more particularly to a thermal module that includes at [0007] Brie?y speaking. electronic elements in the solar inverter for the solar poWer generation devices Would produce heat during electric heat produced by the solar inverter is radiated from the heat sink to thereby remove the heat from the solar inverter. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION [0004] A primary object of the present invention is to pro vide a thermal module that is able to largely upgrade the heat dissipation performance of a solar inverter. so that the thermal module 1 according to a ?rst embodiment of the capacity. Therefore. [0012] FIG. NoW. 13. in vieW of environmental protection. the cooling module cooling module has a hot side and a cold side. Which has at least one heat-producing source 21. The hot side of 12. The thermal insu vieW of a thermal module 1 according to a second embodi lator is provided betWeen the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink. The thermal module 1 in the ?rst embodiment includes a heat sink 11. And. heat sink is mounted to and used With the solar inverter. And.Sep. and the solar inverter. FolloWing the constantly increased poWer generation capacity and poWer storage tion. All these advantageous facts make the solar energy the mo st preferred green energy for replacing the fossil fuel. elements that are the same in the preferred embodiments are denoted by the same reference numerals. the solar inverter can have largely upgraded heat dissipation performance. of a present invention. the thermal insulator 13 is the cooling module is in contact With the heat-receiving por thermal-insulating sponge. and providing the thermal insulator betWeen the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink. 3 is an exploded perspective vieW of a thermal module according to a second embodiment of the present from the currently available solar poWer generation devices. at least one cooling module. invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS energy conversion and storage. With Which the The heat-receiving portion 111 of the heat sink 11 hot side 121 of the cooling module 12 contacts. the solar inverter With the conventional heat sink dis advantageously has limited heat dissipation performance. [0005] To achieve the above and other objects. For the purpose of easy to understand. the heat sink 11 in the ?rst embodi ment is a die-casting aluminum heat sink. The heat-radiating portion 112 includes a plurality of radiating ?ns 1121. life of the solar inverter. The heat sink has a heat-receiving portion and a heat-radiating further includes at least one raised area 1111. the cooling module. tion of the heat sink While the cold side is in contact With a heat-producing source on the solar inverter. The thermal module 1 is designed for mounting to and using With a solar inverter 2. [0003] Solar poWer generation devices are one of many popular devices that utiliZe solar energy. the cool ing module and the solar inverter. solar energy technologies have been more Widely applied in vari [0010] FIG. 3 that is an exploded perspective ment of the present invention. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0002] Solar energy is one of the cleanest energy sources currently available in the World. and a thermal insulator 13. The hot side 121 of the cooling module 12 is in contact With the heat-receiving portion 111 of the heat sink 11 While the cold side 122 is in contact With the solar inverter 2. the solar cell panel has long service life and requires only loW BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0008] The structure and the technical means adopted by the present invention to achieve the above and other objects can be best understood by referring to the folloWing detailed description of the preferred embodiments and the accompa nying draWings. and the solar inverter 2. the thermal module of the present least one cooling module to enable upgraded heat dissipation invention provides the advantages of (1) enabling upgraded heat dissipation performance. [0018] The thermal insulator 13 is ?lled betWeen the heat portion located opposite to the heat-receiving portion. they are con?gured mainly for poWer generation and poWer invention.

Wherein the thermal insulator is thermal insulating sponge. However. A thermal module for mounting to and using With a solar inverter. and the cold side being in contact With the solar inverter. 4. 3. On the other hand. 13. it is not discussed in details herein. The cooling mod ule 12 is located betWeen the heat-receiving portion 11 1 of the heat sink and the heat-producing source 21. With Which the hot side of the at least one cooling module contacts.2012 US 2012/0229984 A1 cooling module 12. and the solar inverter. the thermal module 1 is mounted to and used With a solar inverter 2 that has at least one heat-producing source 21. Wherein the heat sink is an extruded aluminum heat sink. and a thermal insulator 13. * * * * * . The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. such that the hot side 121 of the cooling module 12 contacts With a correspond ing raised area 1111 on the heat-receiving portion 111 While the cold side 122 of the cooling module 12 is in contact With the heat-producing source 21. When the solar inverter 2 oper ates and brings the heat-producing source 21 to produce heat. The heat is then transferred to the heat-radiating portion 112 of the heat sink 11 and ?nally dissipated into ambient air from the radiating ?ns 1121 on the heat-radiating portion 112. 7. the cooling module. at least one cooling module having a hot side and a cold side. The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. [0020] FIG. comprising: a heat sink having a heat-receiving portion located at one side thereof and a heat-radiating portion located at another side opposite to the heat-receiving portion. Since the thermal module 1 in the second embodiment is generally structurally similar to the ?rst embodiment. Wherein the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink is provided With at least one raised area. Wherein the heat sink is a die-casting aluminum heat sink. 6. The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. Wherein the solar inverter has at least one heat-producing source. The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. 2. the hot side being in contact With the heat-receiving portion of the heat sink.Sep. Wherein the heat-radiating portion of the heat sink includes a plurality of radiating ?ns. heat absorbed by the cold side 122 is transferred to the hot side 121 of the cooling module 12 before being further transferred to the heat sink 11 via the raised area 1111 on the heat-receiving portion 111 of the heat sink 11. What is claimed is: 1. 5. the second embodiment is differ ent from the ?rst embodiment in that the heat sink 11 in the second embodiment is an extruded aluminum heat sink. and a thermal insulator being provided betWeen the heat-re ceiving portion of the heat sink. the cold side 122 of the cooling module 12 in contact With the heat-producing source 21 functions to loWer the temperature of the heat-producing source 21. In the present invention. 4 is a sectional vieW showing the thermal mod ule of the present invention in use. The thermal module as claimed in claim 1. As shoWn. the ther mal insulator 13 serves to prevent the heat from transferring from the heat sink 11 back to the solar inverter 2.