Considerations for Photovoltaic Panels
When deciding on the frequency and timing of surveys, it is crucial to consider the impact on anomalies and faults may have on the photovoltaic panels.
Continuous exposure to intense sunlight and environmental factors can cause wear and tear over time. Regular inspections with thermal cameras enable the identification of deteriorating panels, enabling proactive maintenance and replacement. By addressing potential issues promptly, solar farm operators can maintain optimal energy production levels and extend the lifespan of their PV panels.
Challenges and Trade-Offs
While drones with thermal cameras offer numerous benefits, some challenges and trade-offs need to be considered. Weather conditions can impact drone operations, as strong winds, rain, or extreme temperatures may limit flight capabilities.Thermal surveys will always require dry moisture free modules and low winds to minimise the wind chill across the panels, and of course enough sunsihine to ensure there is a minimum of 600 w/ms or irradiaiton to ensure faults show up.
Additionally, the initial investment in drones and thermal camera equipment can be significant. However, over time, the cost savings and efficiency gains provided by this technology can offset the upfront expenses.
Ease of Deployment
The ease of deploying drones equipped with thermal cameras is another advantage worth noting. Drones can be launched quickly, making them suitable for immediate inspections or responding to emerging issues. Their versatility allows for easy maneuverability and access to challenging areas, such as rooftops or other hard-to-reach locations.
The ability to deploy drones swiftly ensures efficient surveys and minimizes disruptions to the solar farm’s operations.