US Patent Office grants MSR Innovations patent for SOLTRAK™
The US Patent Office granted MSR Innovations a comprehensive patent for its SOLTRAK™ modular solar roofing system in August 2012. A matching Japanese patent was awarded several months later. The BC-based company expects to receive similar patents from other countries in the coming months.
The patents cover a variety of features of the SOLTRAK™ system, as well as allowing for a number of technologically advanced designs, configurations and manufacturing techniques. These patents include two unique innovations developed by MSR for its SOLTRAK™ modular solar roofing system.
The first being the tiles themselves - comprised of polymer, these roofing tiles can have PV solar cells embedded directly in the tiles. The second feature is a proprietary track mounting system that is easily installed and allows the tiles to be snapped into place without using any tools. These patents will give MSR Innovations a secure foundation for future innovative designs.
In addition to further validation of SolTrak’s innovation, the patents ensure MSR Innovations a position of market leadership as it establishes its product offerings in the residential solar market. After being granted UL1703 Certification and the CSA/US Mark by the CSA Group in June 2012, these patents also provide homeowners and homebuilders with confidence in the quality and future of the SolTrak system.