UAS / Drone Inspection
Photovoltaic panels are highly sensitive pieces of equipment that require periodic maintenance in order to avoid damage and improve efficiency.
Pairing our aerial capabilities with thermal imaging techniques allow us to provide the inspection of PV systems in remote areas, meaning rooftops and large buildings can easily be assessed. This need for inspection is becoming increasingly essential as the use of solar energy is expanding both domestically and commercially. Employing infrared technology and high definition imagery enables us to find damaged cells, survey large solar farms and monitor the effectiveness of energy production.
Faults and issues that occur within solar panel electricity systems are usually invisible to the naked eye, requiring thermal imaging and expert analysis to highlight anomalies and defects. We tailor our inspections to suit you, offering annual inspections to more frequent condition monitoring routines.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is recommended that certain conditions are met to ensure any outcomes within our reports are fully accurate and actionable. To ‘see’ heat loss (or gain) at least a 10°C temperature difference between the inside and outside must be achieved for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the survey if occupied, or 72 hours for a ‘dead’ building. If the building has no operational heating system, temporary direct heaters (such as space heaters) may be required. It’s because of this that surveys can often take place very early in the morning or late in the evening.
For a full list of thermographic survey requirements, please click here.
Upon completetion of a thermographic survey, clients will recieve a precise and detailed report featuring comments and advice from experienced and highly qualified thermographers. We only allow level 2 or above thermographers to produce our reports, ensuring your report is as comprehensive as possible. We’re then available to help, explain and troubleshoot your new thermal data with you as much as you need.
Absolutely! All of our thermographers are level 1/2/3 certified. We are also a CHAS accredited contractor, registered Constructionline supplier, UKTA approved to conduct BREEAM thermographic surveys, BINDT approved training centre and ISO 9001:2008 registered. To see a full list of our accreditations, please click here.
Rather than using a CMOS or CCD detector which records different levels of a range of visible light colours, a thermal imaging camera uses a microbolometer array to accurately measure levels of infrared radiation across a scene. This temperature data is then processed to produce a thermal image (known as “thermogram”), which can then be very precisely quantified or measured.
Thermography (otherwise known as “Thermal Imaging”) is a specialist technique which uses infrared-sensitive cameras to inspect buildings, electrical equipment, rotating machinery and devices to detect faults or problematic areas, as part of routine maintenance or fault-finding. This non-invasive method allows the identification – both in terms of location and severity – of problems associated with heat loss.