Solar farm inspections

The benefits of using drones in solar farm inspections are impossible to disregard. However using thermal imaging as part of that inspection – though undeniably best practice – is not as widely accepted. In this article, we will look at the advantages of thermal imaging in solar farm inspections, and how to gain the most […]

The benefits of using drones in solar farm inspections are impossible to disregard.

However using thermal imaging as part of that inspection – though undeniably best practice – is not as widely accepted.

In this article, we will look at the advantages of thermal imaging in solar farm inspections, and how to gain the most value, from these images.

Why drones?

Surveying solar farms using UAV’s/ drones makes inspections both faster and more reliable.

Solar farms often span over vast stretches of land, making it near impossible to manually survey the whole area.

Drones can easily cover the entire solar farm, and deliver high resolution images from the correct angles, making analysis much easier and more accurate.

Typical failures

The damage that solar panels experience, is often invisible to the naked eye and impossible to spot in an rgb image.

Panels can obtain damaged and become less efficient due to bad weather conditions, lightning, excessive moisture or vibrations, to name a few.

Discovering and addressing these issues early on, can prolong the life of the solar panels, and regular inspections are the best way to catch defaults early on.

Thermal images

Thermal images can reveal hidden faults in solar panels, that would go unnoticed on regular rgb images.

Most faults in solar panels are detected by observing differences in temperature, and this is why thermal imaging is so effective in solar panel inspections.

The right tools and techniques can help you identify issues in the individual cell, diode or module.

Once your data is captured, it needs to be stored, analysed and shared.

Handling data

This is where Scopito comes in.

Here, thermal images are easily uploaded, and annotation can be performed manually, or outsourced to Scopito’s team of solar inspection professionals. Scopito also utilizes AI to make analysis fast and reliable.

Furthermore, the custom maps feature in Scopito makes it easy for repair crews to identify the “infected” panels.

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Thermal inspection images analysed in Scopito