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How to identify and accurately locate defects in your assets, far more quickly and cost-effectively than using manual surveying

What is a Defect Scan best used for, and what are the pros and cons?

Thermal imaging reveals latent defects in your asset. By flying higher and using more powerful cameras, a larger area can be covered, and the drone is able to fly much quicker, meaning you can capture much more MW per flight. This makes it very cost-effective per MW and is ideal for:

Commissioning Checks upon energising of a newly constructed PV site, where cell-level detail is unlikely to be required, and most anomalies will be caused by installation errors.

Bi-annual inspections can be considered as a more cost-effective method of regularly weeding out the costliest faults.

Large-scale sites where an overview of more serious anomalies can inform ground crews where their attention is needed most urgently.

Operation & Maintenance routines for reactive or preventative maintenance, helping to nurture a high yield and performance ratio.

Pros

A High- Level Thermal Scan detects the types of faults that are causing the most significant reductions in power output. This is very cost-effective and the return on investment period can be just a few days. Flights are performed rapidly, and the results are delivered quickly, often within 24hours, and in some cases, whilst still on-site. Examples of common faults that are found are:

Inverter / Combiner box offline

Open Circuit Strings

Reversed polarity

Smashed Module front glass

Activated / blown diodes

Cons

As the name suggests, a high-level thermal scan is great for high level faults, but not suitable for sub-module faults such as damaged cells or more nuanced anomalies like degradation. However, we offer detailed thermal inspections which will identify all possible faults in high resolution. Perhaps you might like to mix both types of inspection? With our workflow that is quite simple to do.

CLICK HERE to book your free online consultation and demonstration during which we will explain in detail how a High-Level Defect Scan (including a professional, detailed, and thorough report) will add significant value to your solar PV maintenance program.

CONTACT US NOW on email info@futurewise-aerial.com or call 0333 990 9847

Watch this video to see how a 10-minute drone flight reveals issues that could cost more than $20,000 p.a. in lost revenue:

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“The service and data delivered to us by Futurewise Aerial was top class. The findings saved us loads of time and lost efficiency, thanks.”

Ryan McShea – Empower Energy Ltd