Thermal Inspection Advantages
Failures in solar panels can cause serious reductions in energy production over time and in some cases may even cause fire if left unchecked. Solar panels should be checked regularly to prevent such situations.
One of the most popular uses of thermal drone inspection is solar panel inspection. Since a drone can scan large areas quickly, performing thermographic inspection of solar power plants with a drone both reduces cost and saves time and provides accurate data to the user.
In solar power plants; detecting faults such as damage caused by a bird, deterioration of photovoltaic cells in the solar panel, lightning strike in advance and in a timely manner allows the solar power plant to minimise energy loss and save money.
Unmanned aerial vehicle thermography can inspect hundreds of acres of solar power plants in a much shorter time than the traditional method.
Advantages of Thermal Inspection in Solar Power Plants
There are many advantages to having a thermal inspection for solar power plant inspections.
First of all, using IR imaging, numerous faults that develop in PV panels are detected, ranging from hot spot failures to installation errors.
Through thermal inspection with high-end thermal drone, any abnormality can be quickly revealed and recorded visually.
It detects signs of damaged components, which can be seen as unusual temperatures occurring in PV panels, overheating hot spots or cold spots that no longer conduct the required electricity.
If any cell of the panels in solar power plants starts to malfunction or gives a higher temperature for some other reason, the corresponding temperature increase can be detected very easily with a thermal drone. Thus, you can solve the problem before the PV panel fails and protect the health of your panels.
Thermal inspection also significantly speeds up maintenance checks, as it enables MapperX software to quickly inspect solar power plant sites.
PV Panel Inspection with Thermal Inspection
As temperatures rise in PV panels, solar panels become less efficient and produce less electricity. Some faults cause the panels to fail and even produce a reverse current that can damage the entire solar power plant. Thermal drones are used to remotely detect hot spots on PV panels, making it very easy to find faults in the panels before they turn into major failures.When used correctly, thermal drones will show accurate temperature differences between panels or within a single panel, allowing you to identify faults at an early stage.Solar PV panels operate in uncontrollable external environmental conditions and are expected to last approximately 20-25 years. It has been found that the performance of PV panels is often degraded due to prolonged exposure to the open environment and is affected by environmental factors, followed by technical and landscape factors.The use of thermal inspection drones for infrared (IR) imaging of solar power plants to monitor the health status of PV panels is defined as a cost-effective approach that offers 10-15 times lower inspection times than conventional methods.
DJI Mavic 3T drones provide easy access to PV panels regardless of solar plant plant capacity and installation location, enabling quick inspection of the system. Reliable IR imagery is important for accurate assessment to effectively detect and locate faults and faulty panels and analyse the impact on power generation.
What is a Solar Power Plant and What does it do?
A solar power plant uses sunlight to generate energy. Since sunlight is abundant and renewable, it can be used to power homes and businesses. Photovoltaic plants power more than hundreds of acres of land and can generate electricity for power grids.