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Photovoltaic thermal imaging surveys in accordance with BS EN ISO 62446
Maximise Energy Production
Accurately locate costly string errors that could otherwise affect the performance of entire rows.
Faulty cells operate at a temperature different to normal cells, making them easy to detect with thermal cameras.
Detect organic debris and flammable materials that could cause risks to equipment and the environment.
UK’s leading provider of thermal imaging surveys
iRed® is the largest independent thermal imaging consultancy in the UK. As the preferred supplier for NHBC and leading home-builders nationwide, you can trust that your building is in safe hands with us.
Catch faults and issues that traditional inspections miss
Say goodbye to manually inspecting panels and mountains of raw data. Confidently answer the question “are my solar panels working effectively?” with visual, easy-to-understand thermal imaging reports that highlight every fault on your site.
SOLAR PANEL INSPECTIONS
Up to 80% faster than standard inspections
Instead of hiring teams of electrical surveyors for several days, our surveys can typically be conducted with a two-man team in a single day.
Resolve heat loss issues quickly and conclusively
Residential and commercial building thermal imaging surveys in accordance with BS EN ISO 13187 and BRE 176.
What We Find
Where We Find It
Residential Solar Panels
Commercial Building Solar Panels
“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.”
When it comes to photovoltaic thermal imaging surveys, you have a few options:
80m Drone Flight
Operating at a height of 80 metres provides a quick and efficient overview of a photovoltaic site, allowing for the swift identification of significant thermal anomalies. Due to the height of these solar surveys, individual fault analysis cannot be conducted and temperature values will not be collected.
30m Drone Flight
Operating at a height of 30 metres enables our thermal cameras to capture faults and anomalies at a much greater resolution, allowing for the individual identification of faults. Conducting a solar survey at 30 metres complies with ISO BS EN 62446-3:2016, and allows for accurate temperature values to be collected and analysed from the radiometric data.
Ground-Based Thermal Survey
Ground-based thermal imaging surveys enable us to use advanced infrared cameras, providing greater control over settings and improving the quality of captured data. This increased resolution allows for detailed fault analysis, and as such complies with the requirements set out in BS EN ISO 62446-3.
Inspecting photovoltaic panels from the ground enables surveys to be conducted with lower immittance levels, and provides a close-up view of the elements on the underside of a panel such as module boxes, wiring, joints and combiner boxes. Inspecting the underside of panels also means that surveys can be conducted without the adverse effects of solar reflection.
Ground-based surveys are often used in conjunction with an 80 metre drone flight.
Our engineers hold PCN Category 2 & 3 thermal imaging qualifications – accredited by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing – which meet the requirements for undertaking solar thermal surveys to IEC 62446-3:2017 (Non-Destructive Testing – Outdoor Infrared Thermography of Photovoltaic Modules and Plants) and BS EN ISO 62446-1:2016 standards.
Why people and companies choose iRed®…
Not qualified to national standards
Not qualified for thermal image analysis
Insufficient company insurance
Low-resolution thermal cameras
No aerial surveying capabilities
Little to no image explanation or analysis
Why companies use iRed®
Our inspectors are accredited to ISO 18436 / ISO 6781 standards
Comprehensive reports certified to Level 4 standards
£5m Public & £10m Employers liability insurance
Highest-resolution thermal imaging cameras in the UK