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Publication numberUS20060102217 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/988,575
Publication dateMay 18, 2006
Filing dateNov 16, 2004
Priority dateNov 16, 2004
Also published asUS20070006907
Publication number10988575, 988575, US 2006/0102217 A1, US 2006/102217 A1, US 20060102217 A1, US 20060102217A1, US 2006102217 A1, US 2006102217A1, US-A1-20060102217, US-A1-2006102217, US2006/0102217A1, US2006/102217A1, US20060102217 A1, US20060102217A1, US2006102217 A1, US2006102217A1
InventorsYueh Hsiang
Original AssigneeHsiang Yueh W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tent structure with solar energy panels
US 20060102217 A1
Abstract
An tent structure includes a tent, at least one solar energy panel placed on the tent structure for absorbing sunlight or other light, and a switching device, for switching solar energy to electric energy, connected to the at least one solar energy panel for transforming solar energy supplied by the solar energy panels into electric energy.
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Claims(6)
1. A tent structure, comprising:
a tent;
at least one solar panel placed over the tent for absorbing sunlight or other light; and
a switching device, for switching solar energy to electric energy, connected to the at least one solar panel.
2. A tent structure as in claim 1, wherein the at least one solar panel is placed on at least one side surface of the tent to absorb light.
3. A tent structure as in claim 1, wherein the at least one solar panel is placed on a front side of the tent.
4. A tent structure as in claim 1, wherein the at least one solar panel is placed on a back side of the tent.
5. A tent structure as in claim 1, further comprising a storage device connected to the switching device for storing electric energy supplied by the switching device.
6. A tent structure as in claim 5, wherein the storage device is a rechargeable battery.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a tent structure with solar energy panels, and more particularly to a tent structure with solar energy panels for collecting solar energy.

2. Description of the Prior Art

As people's leisure time increases, many people choose to spend more of their time in the outdoors. However, when people go for an outing, they also wish to use many of the appliances that they can use in their own homes. Unfortunately, due to the lack of electrical power, this is often impossible. Options, such as a diesel-electric generator, are available. However, because of the noise and air pollution they create, they are not conducive to an enjoyable and relaxing trip into the outdoors.

The inventor of the present invention recognizes that the above problem should be corrected and special effort has been paid to discover a solution. The present invention is presented with reasonable design and good effect to resolve the above problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The objective of the present invention is to provide a tent structure with solar energy panels to absorb solar energy and transform it into electric energy via a solar energy to electric energy switching device, thereby providing a power supply.

For achieving the above objective, a solar energy collector comprising a tent with solar panels to absorb solar energy or other light, a solar energy to electric energy switching device connected to the tent with solar panels to transform solar energy, absorbed by the tent with solar panels, into electric energy. The present invention further comprises a storage device connected to the solar energy to electric energy switching device for storing electric energy supplied from the solar energy to electric energy switching device.

The present invention combines a tent with solar panels and utilizes the photo-to-electron power conversion technique. When people go for an outing, the device will enhance their enjoyment by allowing them to listen to music, have electrical lights at night and so on, due to the power supply provided by the storage device. Furthermore, the photo-to-electron power conversion technique is non-polluting, comes from an inexhaustible source of power, and free.

It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary, and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed. Other advantages and features of the invention will be apparent from the following description, drawings and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective schematic view of the first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective schematic view of the second embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference is made to FIG. 1, which is a perspective schematic view of the first embodiment of the present invention. The tent 1 has at least one solar energy panel 2 with at least one solar panel facing towards the sun or other light source for absorbing solar energy or other light energy.

The energy collected from the solar energy panel 2 is transformed into electric energy via a solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 connected to the solar energy panel 2. Moreover, electric energy is supplied as DC power through regulating and boosting.

The electric energy transformed by solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 provides an inverter to output AC power. Moreover, electric energy transformed via the solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 can be stored in a storage device 4 connected to the solar energy to electric energy switching device 3. The storage device 4 is a rechargeable battery.

Reference is made to FIG. 2, which is a perspective schematic view of the second embodiment of the present invention. The tent 1 has at least one solar energy panel 2 for absorbing sunlight or other light. Naturally, as the day progresses and the sun moves throughout the sky, different parts of the tent will be in the optimum position for absorbing sunlight or other light. To absorb the light, the at least one solar energy panel 2 faces toward the sun or other light to absorbing solar energy or other light energy.

Light energy is collected from the solar energy panel 2 and transformed into electric energy via a solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 that is connected to the solar energy panel 2. Moreover, electric energy can be supplied as DC power through regulating and boosting.

Electric energy transformed via the solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 can provide an inverter to output AC power. Moreover, the electric energy transformed via the solar energy to electric energy switching device 3 can be stored in a storage device 4 connected to the solar energy to electric energy switching device 3. The storage device 4 is a rechargeable battery.

To sum up, the present invention provides a solar energy panel placed on a part of a tent for absorbing sunlight or other light. Moreover, the solar energy to electric energy switching device is connected to the solar panels for transforming solar energy supplied from the solar energy panels to electric energy. Electric energy can then be stored in the storage device connected to the solar energy to electric energy switching device.

The present invention combines solar panels with a tent and utilizes the photo-to-electron power conversion technique. When users go for an outing, they can now enhance their pleasure and relaxation time thanks to the electric storage device. Furthermore, the photo-to-electron power conversion technique is non-polluting, comes from an inexhaustible source of power, and free.

Although the present invention has been described with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the details thereof. Various substitutions and modifications have been suggested in the foregoing description, and others will occur to those of ordinary skill in the art. Therefore, all such substitutions and modifications are intended to be embraced within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification135/92, 135/96
International ClassificationE04H15/02
Cooperative ClassificationE04H15/02
European ClassificationE04H15/02