The drone industry is awash with acronyms and specialised terms which can make it confusing to read about to someone who is just browsing to see if UAVs can be of help to them in their everyday lives.
The problem is compounded if you’re looking to see how drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras can help you to monitor and maintain your solar panels. Here’s some of the most common terms and abbreviations explained.
Yes, reputable thermographers should carry insurance coverage to protect against any unforeseen circumstances during the inspection process. It is essential to work with insured professionals to ensure both your safety and theirs.
FIT – Feed In Tariff. A government scheme that rewards the producer an amount per unit of electricity generated and fed back into the Grid . The scenme closed to new applications at the end of March 2019.
The duration of a thermal inspection depends on the size of the solar system and the complexity of the installation. Typically, inspections can be completed within an hour for domestic installations and a full day for large commercial solar farms. However, larger or more intricate systems may require additional time.
Solar Tiles / Shingles. Thin film like PV strips that can be directly applied to the roofing under felt just like regular tiles / shingles. They are less efficient than solar panels and degrade over time but they are cheaper and more versatile.
Thermal inspections should be conducted by qualified and certified thermographers who specialise in solar panel inspections. These professionals possess the expertise and knowledge required to accurately interpret thermal images, identify anomalies, and recommend appropriate actions.
Drone Media Imaging are fully qualified and certified by the CAA to fly drone day or night up to 25kg. We hold Operational Authorities and Operating Safety Cases so that we can fly close to uninvolved people. We also hold A2 CofC certification. We are also trained and experienced in Photogrammetry, Mapping and hold a category 2 Thermography qualification