Drone-enabled solar panel anomaly detection

Drones drastically increase the speed and efficiency in identifying hardware problems in large solar farms. CAN·UAS offers drone inspection services to identify issues such as heated cells, short circuited modules or open loops (at both a substring level or even an entire module).

Aerial imagery is easy, fast, accurate and safe to obtain and encompasses both thermal data (to identify electrical component problems) as well as visual data (to ascertain whether the thermal anomalies are in-fact caused by soiling or physical damage to the panels).

We conduct smart drone inspections of large acreages of  monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels (more efficient inspections) or thin film panels (less efficient inspections) to identify defective cells, broken bypass diodes, moisture intrusion, delamination or cracks among other faults which we identify due to their specific thermal patterns.

Baseline Studies

Our first flight, preferably when solar farms are newly installed, provide a baseline study with which to measure progress and change in subsequent flights.

Thermal Aerial Solar Panel
Solar Farm Inspections

Thermal Standards

While not always possible, our team endeavor to complete missions within IEC 62446 industry standard (pyrheliometer measured) irradiance, sensitivity, accuracy and cloud-cover requirements for consistent results and high quality data. Panels must be running at a load of more than 30% and flying at an angle of between 60 to 90 degrees perpendicular to the panel surface.

Panel Faults

Our clients have almost-immediate access to actionable data on faults in their system (these anomalies are not visible to the naked eye), ranked in order of severity so that their maintenance team can prioritize maintenance tasks to ensure maximum output efficiency and minimum system downtime.

Cell Error Panel

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