Over the past decade, solar energy has been widely used in power plants, industrial applications, construction, telecommunications and the spatial domain. However, in the field of energy application, the use of remote-control aircraft system for monitoring, due to its novelty and many related provisions, has not been fully studied. However, the remote-control aircraft system has great potential in photovoltaic power plant monitoring, even better than the traditional maintenance measures, because the cost of remote-control aircraft system is lower and the risk is smaller.
In many cases, the remote-control aircraft system collects information ten times faster than the ground detection system, and the information collected is more reliable and accurate.
Italian manufacturers of remote-control aircraft systems immediately discovered value-added space in terms of technology and economy by using remote-control aircraft systems instead of manned vehicles or operators for industrial testing. In an experimental assembly, the light remote-control aircraft system was integrated with thermal imager for remote detection of photovoltaic power plant.
More and more attention has been paid to the system performance of photovoltaic power plants. In order to control and accurately predict the energy flow, the system should be efficient, reliable, safe and stable. Therefore, in order to ensure energy efficiency, safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness, the maintenance of photovoltaic power plant is very important.
Due to its high detection speed, wide coverage, high cost-effectiveness with small and light weight, the new light remote-control aircraft system equipped with thermal infrared lens is an ideal tool for energy equipment monitoring.
Obtaining reliable information on the performance of photovoltaic system is very important for the overall planning and prediction of future performance of photovoltaic power plants. The thermal imager is the core component to collect the information. The thermal imager installed in the remote-control aircraft system can even fly over multiple photovoltaic panels for fault detection, such as hot spots, snail lines, tiny cracks and redundant shadows.
The affected photovoltaic silicon wafers and panels can be monitored or repaired during maintenance before they are completely degraded. The engineer may suggest mitigation options or replacement parts. Information from the faulty panel can also be used to develop future replacement strategies. Another advantage of using a thermal imager is that it can be detected while the photovoltaic panel is running. The light remote-control aircraft system equipped with thermal infrared lens is can realize the rapid detection of a large number of photovoltaic panels.