Solar panels being inspected by a drone

Solar Farm Inspection Maximize energy production and minimize maintenance costs by detecting energy inefficiencies faster, safer and more efficiently.

Inspection is key to a high return on investment

Solar panels are a big investment. One single defective cell can impact the energy output of your solar panel site, resulting in the loss of energy and money. Drones help you find these defects quickly and easily. Engineers With Drones can inspect large areas in a fraction of the time of traditional walking capture methods. The captured high-resolution imagery and thermal data provide actionable insight enabling you to optimize the energy efficiency of your solar assets and optimise the return of your investment.

Inspection is critical to keep your operations running smoothly

Over time solar panels can develop defects which cause a significant drop in energy output or even start a fire. However, these can easily be fixed if detected in time. That is why solar panel inspection and maintenance are critical to keep your operation running efficiently, no matter the scale. Traditional methods of inspection are time consuming and inefficient. A large team is needed to inspect each solar panel one by one. Solar farms can be big and solar panels can be quite high up, making it difficult and dangerous to inspect them manually and capture data from sufficient angles. Using drones allows us to capture more detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time, reducing risk and cost. High end cameras, digital zoom lenses and thermal imaging can get you a closer view of the panels.

We can help identify issues such as:

Solar panels being photographed by a drone during an inspection
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Cell failure and degradation
  • Cracks
  • Soiling
  • Faulty inter-connectors
  • Defective bypass diodes
  • Delamination
  • Temporary shadowing

More efficient data collection, more informed decision-making

Using the very latest technology, Engineers with Drones can compile reports on the efficiency and status of all the elements with everybody involved remaining safely on the ground. Detecting anomalies earlier enables you to make more informed decisions. Faulty panels can be replaced by manufacturers during their warranty period, saving money and time by avoiding costly repairs in the future. Focus on the right fix, at the right time without having to make several trips to the solar panel.

Advantages of using drones equipped with thermal imaging camera:

  • Identify anomalies invisible to the naked eye
  • Fast and easy scan of solar panels during normal operations
  • Cover large area in a short amount of time
  • Geotagging - locate faulty modules easily
  • Detect defects and get them repaired quickly

The solar industry is constantly expanding. Solar panels can be expected to last 20 years. That means that maintenance and quality assurance are fundamental. A failure free operation guarantees efficient power production, long life of solar panels and high ROI.

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Experienced Engineers

We are experienced engineers with strong technical backgrounds.

Ireland Based

We are based in Ireland which means we can respond quickly to your needs.

Our Drone Capability

Here at Engineers With Drones we fly the latest cutting edge drones. Our UAV's are selected specifically for the tasks they perform. Drones such as the DJI M300 and payloads such as the Zenmuse H20T with high optical zoom lenses are optimal for safely inspecting high-value assets at a stand-off range.

To find out more about our drone equipment and what it can do click here.

A DJI M300 RTK inspection drone for wind turbines

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