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Thermal Mapping

Cost effective UAV Thermal mapping solutions

Thermal mapping involves placing data loggers in predefined locations to measure temperature and humidity across a certain period of time. Thermal mapping and imaging is extremely important in solar power plants. Thermal mapping is performed by measuring and analyzing temperature differences in solar panels using the infrared imaging technology performed by the drones. The temperature differences
allow to quickly detect anomalies in each panel. Thermal orthomosaic maps of solar power plants are an important tool to improve the efficiency of the plants. Drone thermal mapping is used to detect defects in solar panels and ensure expected power generation. The infrared imaging is used to take temperature measurements in solar panel installations and quickly detect anomalies in each panel.

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The utilization of thermal maps is extremely important for the maintenance and repair of solar power plants. With thermal mapping, operators can quickly identify damages and defects in panels.
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Solar Panel inspection

Drone thermal inspection is an important tool to maintain the efficiency and performance of solar panels.

1. Preparation for the flight

a. Select the Right Drone:

  • Choose a drone with a high-resolution camera and, if possible, thermal imaging capabilities.
  • Ensure that the drone has a stable flight platform and a sufficient battery life for the inspection.

b. Plan the Flight Path:

  • Plan a flight path that covers the entire solar panel array.
  • Consider factors such as wind, obstacles, and any regulations or restrictions in the area.

c. Check Weather Conditions:

  • Ensure that weather conditions are suitable for drone flight.
  • Avoid flying in strong winds, rain, or adverse weather that may affect the drone’s stability.

2. Drone equipment setup

a. Install Cameras and Sensors:

  • Attach high-resolution cameras and any additional sensors, such as thermal cameras, to the drone.

b. Calibrate Equipment:

  • Calibrate the cameras and sensors to ensure accurate data collection.

3. Field flight execution

a. Take-off and Follow Planned Path:

  • Take off and follow the pre-planned flight path to cover the entire solar panel array.

b. Capture Images and Data:

  • Capture high-resolution images and thermal data of the solar panels during the flight.
  • Ensure overlapping images for accurate data analysis.

c. Monitor Flight:

  • Monitor the drone’s flight in real-time to ensure it stays on the planned path and adjust if necessary.

4. Data collection & analysis

a. Retrieve Data:

  • After the flight, retrieve the captured images and data from the drone.

b. Image Stitching:

  • Use software to stitch together the overlapping images into a comprehensive map of the solar panel array.

c. Thermal Analysis:

  • If thermal imaging was used, analyze the data to identify any hotspots or anomalies in the solar panels.

5. Inspection report generation

a. Identify Issues:

  • Analyze the stitched images and thermal data to identify any issues such as cracks, soiling, or the malfunctioning panels.

b. Generate Reports:

  • Generate comprehensive inspection reports with visual and thermal images, highlighting any detected problems.

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