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Solar Panel Inspection – Drone Use Case

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What are solar panel inspections?

As the price of solar continues to reduce companies and families are starting to install solar panels, which means more green energy. As solar panels are in the great outdoors, the elements can be harsh on them, resulting in less energy production or the need for a new panel. Drones can quickly fly above solar panels, capture data, and spot any issues without the need for someone to do the work manually.

How do solar panel inspections work?

  1. A drone equipped with a visual and thermal camera is flown above solar panels, autonomously or manually depending on the job.
  2. The cameras stream live data back to the pilot to check while flying and point out anything that doesn't look good.
  3. The data is then reviewed back in the office, with the points previously mentioned looked at first, then the rest of the data. A decision is then made on what needs to be done next.

Benefits of using drones

  • Solar panels can be checked more frequently, allowing any issues to be detected earlier on.
  • Inspection costs come down significantly from manually inspecting each panel or using an aeroplane.
  • Data quality is improved as drones can get much close to the panels and pinpoint exactly what the issue is and where it is.

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