About infrared scanning of photovoltaic solar plant

Timo Kauppinen, Pierre-Emmanuel Panouillot, Sami Siikanen, Eva Athanasakou, Platon Baltas, Babis Nikopoulous

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    The paper is discussing about infrared scanning of PV solar plants. It is important that the performance of each solar panel and cell is verified. One new possibility compared to traditional ground-based scanning (handheld camera) is the utilization of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). In this paper results from a PV solar Plant in Western Greece are introduced. The nominal power of the solar plants were 0, 9 MW and 2 MW and they were scanned both by a ground-controlled drone and by handheld equipment. It is essential to know all the factors effecting to results and also the time of scanning is important. The results done from the drone and from ground-based scanning are compared; also results from various altitudes and time of day are discussed. The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/RPAS (Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems) will give an excellent opportunity to monitor various targets which are impossible or difficult to access from the ground. Compared to fixed-wing and helicopter-based platforms it will give advantages but also this technology has limitations. One limitation is the weight of the equipment and the short operational range and short flight time. Also valid procedures must be created for different solutions in the future. The most important thing, as in all infrared thermography applications, is the proper interpretation of results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781628416015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSPIE Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII - Baltimore, United States
    Duration: 20 Apr 201520 Apr 2015

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceSPIE Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • aerial thermography
    • UAV
    • drone
    • photovoltaic
    • thermography
    • maintenance of solar power plants


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