Thermography

Aerial thermographic inspections of roof tops and solar power plants.

Thermal inspections with an UAV
The Aibot X6 UAV in combination with thermal imagers is the ideal platform for thermal imaging applications. The stable flight characteristics of the Aibot X6 UAV coupled with its dual axis stabilised camera mount generates crisp high-resolution thermal images from the air for large-scale solar power plants, industrial buildings and wind turbines.

Advantages:
  • Quality improvement due to an innovative inspection process where high-resolution thermal images of the solar panels are seen from above where the whole area down to the finer details can be inspected
  • Autonomous flight using GPS navigation
  • Route planning (flight planning software)
  • Visual inspection
  • Seamless inspection protocol (post-PC)
  • Time saving and more economical than conventional methods
  • Modular system / copter and camera can be used independently
Thermal imager:
With the ultra-light, fully-radiometric infrared camera system specially developed for use on an UAV creates high-quality thermal images. With the live video package, you have full control over the image section of the infrared camera.

Objective:
Defect analysis of industrial plants and buildings using informative thermal imaging from optimal angles.

Inspection of roof-mounted systems

The use of aerial thermal imaging is an innovative and economical way of ensuring that the calculated return of a solar panel system is met. An examination immediately after commissioning of the system provides an informative reference for subsequent follow-up measurements. Only through aerial thermal imaging inspections can defects and inefficiencies be detected timely and cost effectively.

Conventional methods:
  • Safety critical environment
  • Access to the module can be burdensome and difficult
  • Risk of falling from the roof
  • To avoid electric shock, the system must be shut down for the period of the inspection period resulting in loss of production time.
Advantages of aerial thermography using an UAV:
  • Early detection of faults on the solar modules (hot-spots)
  • Optimal recording angle for thermal imaging
  • No measurements on the current modules necessary
  • Employees are not exposed to hazards
  • Enormous cost reduction through the use of Aibotix X6

Thermographic UAV inspection of solar power plants

Solar plant inspection: Thermal infrared camera on UAV
Aerial inspection of a solar power plant using a thermal infrared camera and the Aibot X6 UAV.

The Aibot X6 is the ideal system for inspection applications of large-scale solar power plants. Equipped with a thermal imager, the Aibot X6 is able to take high resolution thermal images.

Advantages:
  • Error identification from high altitudes through high-quality video
  • Classification error by approaching the perfect shooting angle
  • Orientation of defective solar modules
  • Real-time telemetry to track the flight on a PC
  • Subsequent analysis on PC

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