Mounting a thermal imaging camera beneath a drone means that the working at height health and safety risks are removed. It’s a non-invasive inspection method that doesn’t require any scaffolding, elevated platforms or other equipment with the attendant expense and disruption.
Temperatures are recorded during the flight and can be examined for each area in the resulting images. Of course flights have to be conducted with the relevantly trained personnel (we hold Level 1 Thermography Certification) and conducted under the right conditions if the results are going to be meaningful.
Our three most common thermal inspection areas are…
- hotovoltaic cells or solar panels
- Water ingress detection
- Heat loss / insulation inspection
Conducted in the summer months, these surveys can be conducted quickly and cost-efficiently either on large scale installations, on panels installed on domestic properties or anything in between. The resulting images can easily show damage to solar PV cells or defective converter boxes.
Malfunctioning solar cells can create further damage such as melted solder connections, cracking of the protective glass cover and degradation of the adjacent cells. Therefore, early identification can help to minimise repair bills as well as to keep the solar panels functioning at maximum capacity. Targeted repair teams can then use the images as reference to direct them to the problem sites.