Solar / Renewable energies
Alongside its remote sensing and GIS activities space4environment offers the inspection of solar power panels with the help of an own thermal camera (FLIR Tau2) mounted on a micro-copter.
Energies from renewable sources such as solar power are gaining an increasing importance in Europe. In Germany the share of energy produced from solar power increased by 14%. Regular maintenance is required to ensure the proper functioning of the photovoltaic (PV) power plants. This is where an airborne thermal camera unfolds its potential and offers a new dimension compared to ground-based visual inspections.
An inspection of the power plant after installation, before the end of the guarantee period or before buying or selling the installation represents an investment into an efficient and sustainable management of the PV installation.
Within the SPIN - Solar Power Inspection programm space4environment together with our technical partner Foersom Sàrl offers the inspection of solar photovoltaic panel arrays. By use of a micro-copter large numbers of solar panels can be effectively inspected a in short time. Based on the image material gained through the flights a map of conspicuous panels can be produced to indentify panels for further ground inspection.
- Stadtwerke Trier, Germany (Inspection of multiple solar parks built of both thin-film as well as crystalline modules)
- STK Metall, Luxembourg (Inspection of rooftop solar plant)
- Spedition Löhnertz, Wintrich/Germany (Inspection of rooftop solar plant)
This video will give a short insight into the technologies used and provides an impression of what the inspection of solar power panels looks like. To view the video in full resolution please follow the video link.