Drones provided with infrared cameras are transforming how the solar systems are inspected and maintained. Infrared Testing, Inc, ITI is merging its thermal imaging expertise with cutting-edge drone technology to find the problems changing the process of inspecting solar energy systems.

ITI’s custom drones seize complete data in order to classify identify, and localize each anomaly, and understand the impact of its performance on the system.

Reporting issues like the damage to a wind turbine blade caused by a bird or the degradation of photovoltaic cells on a solar panel or lightning strikes before these issues escalate can support companies to minimize energy loss and save money.

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Solar panel inspection using drones

Drone inspections can assist in finding the anomalies such as defective cells operating above the high working temperature, and poor connections between the protection diodes and cells, that may result in the failure of equipment and the system.

Thermal and high-resolution imagery helps in determining these anomalies distinctly and in a stable way so that the end user has a complete picture of the site and what needs to be done to repair the system.

These drones are also used for roof inspections and envelope. ITI’s drones can effectively measure every inch of a building from base to roof, scanning for energy loss and moisture damage.

Inspection of the building envelope assists to verify the structural integrity of a commercial or industrial building. For a company which spends a lot of money heating and cooling its building, these drone inspections can tell the air infiltration and high-cost energy leakage due to shoddy or deteriorated sealing, even on newer buildings.

Infrared roof inspections have determined to be the most cost-effective, non-harmful way of finding areas of roof leaks, as well as wet and deteriorating roof insulation.

ITI can use drones to locate areas faster where the moisture is trapped in subsurface insulation, permitting the targeted repairs focused on the destructive locations. The cost of an inspection is low when compared to the cost of a roof replacement.

ITI drones are optimized for other aerial and large-scale imaging needs that involves power lines,  wall surfaces, road and field surveys, underground piping and game management, silos and storage tanks.

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