Wind & Solar
AS THE BLADES TURN…
Using Drone Technology, turbines can be examined with greater speed and accuracy, saving time, money and manpower.
Currently, drone inspections can cover up to 4 or 8 turbines daily. Reviewing each blade can take between four to nine minutes. This compares to a manual inspection rate of 1-2 turbines a day. A two person drone team, including a pilot and a data analysis technician, is typically 20% to 25% of the cost of manual inspections.
Thermal Cam Technicians are one of a handful of Certified Thermal Aerial technicians in North America. That means your NDT and preventive maintenance are being reviewed and completed by trained personnel using state of the art equipment. The finished reports are timely and structured to your company's operations.
Digital photographic aerial and thermal data can identify turbine issues such as delamination, surface damage, cracking and spauling. Using special software and artificial intelligence Thermal Cam USA can map each blade for damages accurately.
THE SOLAR INDUSTRY IS GROWING EXPONENTIALLY
There are now over 300 GW of capacity in the world, including 47 GW in the United States. Operations and maintenance (O&M) providers are responsible for the upkeep of large photo voltaic systems (solar farms), and they are increasingly turning to drones to reduce maintenance costs and increase power generation.
Faults Detected Using
Aerial Thermal Imaging
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), there are 3 major categories of faults that can be detected using aerial thermal imaging:
Module faults: These include individual hot spots on the cells, diode failures, shattered or dirty modules, coating and fogging issues, and junction box heating.
String and system faults: Wiring issues (reversed polarity, frayed cables), charge controller issues, and inverter and fuse failures.
Racking and balance of system: These are major issues with how the modules are mounted. Drones are also useful in spotting major site issues, such as vegetation management, poor drainage, and soil erosion underneath the racking.