Aerial Thermography

Thermal Imaging – A key to maintaining performance

A reduction in yield due to inaccurately identified problems is a common challenge for solar power operators.

Yield monitoring software can detect the drop in production, but it cannot pinpoint the root cause of the problem, as it might be linked to a physical fault in one or more solar modules.

However, inspecting the panels individually is a lengthy and tedious task, even for smaller 0.5 MW solar parks. In addition, the most common faults are hotspots and microcracks that are not visible to the naked eye.

An investigation with a thermal imaging camera and analytical analysis supported by artificial intelligence provides the perfect fast solution to effectively resolve the challenges .

How the process works?

At Gershoj Energia, we use a powerful drone with a thermal imaging camera to inspect your PV panels. The drone flies over the solar power system and records the temperature within each panel in very high resolution. Defective solar panel cells operate at different temperatures, making different types of issues and deviations visible on the images. The drone also records the GPS coordinates of the flight to ensure that problematic panels can be easily located.

The entire analysis process can be carried out in just a few weeks and in just three steps, weather permitting.

Inspection: Identify critical issues at system level. Provide high quality and consistent data recordings with aerial photography through a thermal imaging camera.

Analyse: Evaluate based on the inspection data with industry-leading analysis software and experts. Our analysis is supported by machine learning algorithms helping to identify a range of different potential issues.

Action: Our detailed report identifies where to take action to increase the system’s performance and thereby your return on investment. Accurate fault identification reduces operating costs, increases efficiency of repairs and supports the documentation of warranty and insurance claims.

What are the benefits?

The operation of a solar park is financially comparable to a long-term return on a fixed-interest investment. It is not enough to simply identify the causes of the decline in production: you need to calculate both the past deterioration in yields and the change in the future payback period.

We use sophisticated AI-enabled software to analyse the causes and our highly experienced engineers verifies and complement the analysis. We then make suggestions for actions you can take to improve the performance of your solar power system.

Based on the data collected on site, we carry out a detailed trend analysis of performance and production deterioration. This allows us to better assess long-term production trends and the potential for preventive maintenance. We can also identify future problems at system level at an early stage and support you with warranty and insurance claims. Consistent, high quality on-site data collection and diagnostic reports will enable you to make informed decisions about maintenance and repairs. Our analysis reports show you the financial impact of system faults identified during the analysis process, from the bottom up.

Keeping pace with changes in the industry

With the help of our engineering and technical teams, we follow the latest industry research on what is impacting module reliability. We are constantly improving our services and adapting them to new technological discoveries to ensure that our analyses evolve as quickly as the solar industry.

We strive to be the most reliable source of analysts for our partners in the renewable energy sector by clearly explaining complex processes and ensuring economic sustainability.

We can conduct analyses at any location within Hungary or Slovakia

Our drone fleet uses best available drones in the market with thermal imaging capabilities.

No matter where your solar park is located we can quickly reach any destination in Hungary or Slovakia, thanks to our favourable central location between Budapest and Vienna.

Find out more!

To discover what Gershoj Energia thermal imaging and analysis can do for your asset, click the contact link below.

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