Thermal Imaging Solar Survey
Aerial thermal imaging surveys for photovoltaic installations
Aerial photovoltaic thermal imaging surveys in accordance with IEC 62446-3:2017 and BS EN ISO 62446-1:2016.
About Drone Thermal Imaging
Our aerial thermal imaging surveys can detect and accurately locate faulty cells, string-errors, organic debris, defective diodes and PID faults on solar farm installations. Our drones conduct technical inspections using specialist, purpose-built thermal imaging cameras that are an ideal solution for identifying thermal anomalies and maximising energy production.
Faulty cells operate at a temperature (hot or cold) different to that of normal cells, meaning we can easily pin-point the location of cell faults either by GPS – referenced to a site map – or by using graphical overlays. Thermal imaging cameras are capable of detecting minor temperature differences caused by stray currents in crystalline photovoltaic modules (known as potential induced performance degradation or PID) aswell as the early detection of defective diodes.
iRed has ‘Permissions for Commercial Operations’ (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (id No. 2082) to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) commercially.
What can thermal imaging detect?
Faulty cells operate at a temperature different to that of normal cells, making them easy to detect with infrared technologies.
Accurately locate costly string errors – found on solar farms using string inverters – that could otherwise affect the performance of entire rows.
Thermal imaging allows for the early detection of defective diodes, reducing potential voltage loss through photovoltaic modules.
Maximise Energy Production
Thermal imaging cameras give reliable, actionable data for effectively assessing the efficiency of solar farm installations.
Detect and locate organic debris and flammable materials that could otherwise cause risks to equipment and the environment.
Infrared cameras can detect minor temperature differences caused by stray currents in crystalline photovoltaic modules (PID faults).
We’re proud to maintain a number of accreditations, certifications and affiliations with national and global organisations.
“iRed’s professionalism is apparent in both their approach to the client on site and to the report production aspect which is delivered in an easy to understand and visually pleasing format.”
“iRed have proved themselves to be very flexible in fitting in with our policies and procedures, the engineers have been very efficient and I have been impressed with the final presentation of the results.”
“As a business, iRed have proved their worth time and time again. The professionalism of the office staff, united with engineer know-how of thermographic engineers is a formidable team.”
“We have had excellent service and support from iRed this year, and look forward to using your services again next year.”