Are you staying cool this summer?

By using a thermal camera to inspect your solar panels, it can detect defective solar cells or non-working panels which can prevent your home from being energy efficient. Cool air escaping your home will only create an added stress on your air conditioner to keep your home cool in the summer.

Due to exposure to weathering and external forces, solar panels are subject to deterioration and degradation, the obvious consequence is a severe drop in energy efficiency and worst can start a fire if left unchecked. Some defects can cause solar panels to break down or even produce a reverse current which might damage the connections, inverters, fuses and other electrical components of the infrastructure. It is important to have your solar panels inspected on a regular basis.

By using drones fitted with a thermal imaging camera it can detect characteristics of the faults of the solar panel. It makes it a lot easier to find defects before the panels fail. This method removes human access of having to physically climb up and walk around the panels – human errors are reduced and the risks to life and injuries can be virtually reduced to zero.

Thermal cameras (technically known as thermographic camera) are essentially a heat sensor that is capable of detecting tiny differences in surface temperature. The device collects the infrared radiation from objects in the scene and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences. These faults can’t be easily detected by the naked eye.

Humidity and Moisture

The presence of moisture and humidity could make the solar panels work less efficient and provide variations in the power generated. This can be a sign of a more serious problem; the presence of water leaks and moisture infiltration can also indicate roof issues or damage to internal structures.

Using thermal scanning, it is possible to find hidden water and moisture issues without resorting to destructive testing.

Our drones are capable of efficiently capturing data and provide imagery for analysis with less time and in more accurate form. Air Inspect Australia drone pilots are highly experienced to know about the emissivity and reflected temperature to obtain the accurate temperature readings.

Contact us now to discuss how to extend the life of your solar panels.


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