It is nearly impossible to inspect PV arrays using ground based thermal imaging, because of the difficulty in achieving the correct angle of inspection . UAV’s not only allow correct positioning in respect of the glass surface, but also means covering a much wider area in shorter time. Such inspections have high value both as ongoing maintenance, or as importantly, a commissioning survey after installation.
UAV mounted thermal cameras can detect:
With the ability to survey 1000's of panels in one day, this technology is a major new tool for use by:
Insurers – Help locate any potentially damaged panels after severe storms, Help remove the threat of fire on roofs of business, domestic and government buildings and facilities.
Distributors – Help locate a bad batch of distributed panels after manufacturing flaws or mistakes.
Electrical Engineers – Provide a detailed report from a third party business upon commissioning Solar farm projects. Provide reassurance to clients that solar farms are in good health with an annual quick inspection and report.
Contractors and Maintenance – Help remove customer concerns or queries after a install. Provide extra level to health check during maintenance contract.
Manufacturers – Learn more about manufacturing processes, locate potential re-occurring issues, provide more credibility and confidence by engaging third party inspection and report.