Lake Macquarie Drones
Solar Panel Thermal Inspections
Installing Solar Power in the Near Future or have an Existing System
You have invested in a Solar Power system. You should ensure that it is operating at its maximum output.
How? Aerial Thermal Imaging of the Solar Array can identify potential problems or defects in your panels.
Q. Why should I have my Solar Installation checked?
A. In time, systems may have a partial or full failure of one or more panels or other components. Panels can also be damaged from the weather or may have faults when installed. To protect your investment regular inspections should be carried out to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency.
Regular inspections also proves your system is in good physical condition with no defects in case of damage from hail etc. Insurance companies will have these previous inspections for reference to quickly assess claims.
Q. When should I have this inspection done?
A. Inspections should be carried out during commissioning of the installation, then annually and while the system is still under warranty.
If the system has faulty panels it will have reduced efficiency and therefore reduced output.
We can carry out aerial thermal & visual inspections of your solar panel installation to check for possible defects or obstructions which may limit electrical output.
Inspections should also be carried out if a significant weather event may have damaged the solar array.
Q. What happens during the inspection?
Our professional drone, equipped with a FLIR® thermal imaging camera can capture images to check the integrity of installed panels. Thermal imaging can be used to detect hot spots in the panels from a distance which makes it quicker & easier to identify defects. With these images maintenance personnel can quickly locate the affected panels & check for failures.
Shutdown of the solar system is not required as this inspection method is completed while the system is under load as thermal imaging cameras will show accurate temperature differences between cells and allow you to identify faults.