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Photovoltaics – Solar Panel Inspections

State of the art industrial drones enable the solar industry to efficiently scale by utilizing aerial thermography & artificial intelligence increasing solar production and reducing costs

photovoltaic solar panel facing the sun

The safest and most efficient mode of solar panel inspection

Solar panels are installed high up from the ground, which means that workers must climb platforms to be able to perform inspections. Therefore, production of energy must stop so inspection can be made.

Solar panel inspections using drones exclude the need to stop energy production and the risk to workers.

FAST

by significantly reducing inspection time and the manpower needed

ACCURATE

by offering high resolution aerial thermography for efficient inspections and analytics

ACTIONABLE

because all identified anomalies have the exact onsite location for efficient remediation

Why inspection of solar panels is necessary

Because it’s a risky business. The main parts of a solar panel are the photovoltaic modules and cells, playing an important role in converting the sun’s energy into electricity. A single defective cell or module can compromise the entire solar panel system resulting in profit loss. (case study)

Solar panel inspection made with drones is the best solution, critical for effective and fast maintenance of the photovoltaic system in order to get the best performance and great return of profit. Drones equipped with thermal cameras can detect any kind of faults and defects on a solar panel, including a color map that shows the temperature of the solar panel.

MAP VIEW

Visually review the site’s condition with an interactive, color-coded, and geo-referenced map. View the digital twin of your PV system to easily locate site anomalies and dispatch teams to resolve them

PORTOFOLIO DASHBOARD

Your account’s dashboard is a summary of your entire portfolio, including your site’s last inspection date, cumulative anomalies identified, and the total affected power. Benchmark your portfolio’s performance against Raptor Maps’ total data set

IMPACT TABLES

Use the table view to review anomaly images and their location. The Findings Table provides a concise breakdown of an inspection. Review the financial and power impact of discovered anomalies, adjusted the site’s power breakdown

Drone view of solar photovoltaic farm

OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE

admin capabilities
ADMIN CAPABILITIES

Easily share reports among internal and external parties and control their privileges

FAMILIAR CLASSIFICATIONS

Customize naming and anomaly classification to in-house methods

WHITELABEL

Deliverables can be branded with your company’s information and logo

EXPORT FOR FIELD USE

Reports can quickly be exported or printed in .PDF, .KML, .CSV, and .SHP formats

Inspection overview

TYPE OF INSPECTION
  • Description

  • Smallest visible features

OVERVIEW
  • Ideal for string-level outgages

  • Module

STANDARD
  • Ideal for annual preventative maintenance

  • Diode, hot spot, and cell

COMPREHENSIVE
  • Meets IEC TS 62446-3 thermography standards

  • Absolute temperature accuracy

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