Alternative Energy Engineering

Locating malfunctions within large scale projects can be both expensive and time consuming. The amount of time and resources it takes to conduct a physical inspection is prohibitive to most companies, and therefore these malfunctions often go unnoticed until they cause a larger issue, which then requires a costly repair.

The solution to this dilemma? A more cost effective and faster method of scanning solar installations and structures for malfunctions. Our fleet of drones is equipped with thermograph technology, allowing our team to quickly and effectively scan solar installations and other property in order to pinpoint problem areas. This allows our clients to pinpoint exactly which panels and strings require attention, saving substantial amount of money in the long run.

heat imaging

Solar panels must be actively monitored to ensure that they are running at optimal capacity and to prevent large-scale breakdowns through quick and effective repairs. ‘Hot spots’ are essentially areas of increased heat activity on the actual solar panel itself, which indicate a problem area that necessitates further examination. Our thermographic imaging services detect these hot spots, and allow our clients to make the necessary small-scale repairs in order to reduce the probability of further, more expensive repairs down the line. It is fairly inexpensive to fix a burnt-out cell, but replacing an entire panel is not quite as simple. Similarly, a properly-maintained solar panel can achieve 20% greater energy output than a neglected one. Therefore, we highly recommend that solar developer routinely inspect their installations, with the help of our thermographic scanning services.

The use of our thermal imaging drones for solar panel evaluation offers several advantages. Our heat sensing technology provides us with a clear, crisp heat map which depicts the exact problem areas on a solar panel. This is beneficial since it allows our team to provide clients with an accurate assessment of the exact cells which need to be examined, greatly reducing their overall time and money spent on repairs. Additionally, the use of heat imaging via drones means that we can analyze and diagnose solar panels during operation,  reducing downtime for maintenance. Finally, the use of drones allows us to analyze large installation sites in a much smaller timeframe than previously possible. This is beneficial to our larger clients who wish to analyze comprehensive, or hard to access, solar fields, but don’t have the time or resources to manually inspect each individual panel.

Looking to use our thermal imaging services for another purpose? No problem. Our thermographic analysis services have numerous applications beyond solar installations, including the ability to monitor rooftops for leaks and other repair points, wind turbines for potential defects or problem areas, and many more. By combining the versatility of our drones with the utility of thermal imaging, the possibilities are practically endless.