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Roof top solar panel inspection using thermal imaging and drone technology

5 Nov 2019

Solar panel inspections have traditionally been done manually using hand-held thermal cameras but with the evolution of drone technology thermal imaging cameras can be easily integrated into the platform.

 

Solar panel inspections can now be carried out much faster and more accurately while also improving safety from working at height. Roof top solar panel installations can be hard to access and inspect but this isn’t the case when using drone technology. Our drones can carry both thermal and RGB (visible light) cameras at the same time allowing easy analysis of the geo-tagged data.

 

A thermal imaging camera can help identify manufacturing defects, scratches, cracked cells, broken cells or the covering of surface areas with dirt from poor maintenance. These defects can result in the occurrence of hot spots that can greatly affect the ability of the panels to function at full capacity.

 

Failure to carry out regular inspections of solar panels can have fatal consequences in the form of fire and poor performance limiting the ROI.

 

We can identify faulty solar panels so they can be replaced by the manufacturers while still in warranty and help our clients maximize output/efficiency by identifying issues.

 

 

 

 

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