The fact that traditional energy sources like coal, gas and oil are scarce has led to high prices. Furthermore, awareness has risen that we cannot keep polluting our planet using these fossil fuels.
Building professionals all over the world therefore use thermal imaging cameras to inspect solar panels installed on rooftops or in solar parks. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can play an important role in the wind turbine predictive maintenance programs. With a thermal imaging camera, potential problem areas can be detected and repaired before actual problems or failures occur. But not every thermal imaging camera is suited for solar cell inspection, and there are some rules and guidelines that need to be followed in order to perform efficient inspections and to ensure that you draw correct conclusions.
Solar panels can convert the sun’s energy into electricity. And into hard cash. To receive maximum returns and high yields for decades however, high quality is key. The solar module, the most important part of a solar system, must be reliable and able to continue producing electricity for years at an end. To ensure good quality during the full lifetime cycle of a solar module, thermal imaging cameras can play an important role.
The use of thermal imaging cameras for solar panel evaluation offers several advantages. Anomalies can clearly be seen on a crisp thermal image and - unlike most other methods - thermal cameras can be used to scan installed solar panels during normal operation.
As fossil fuel reserves dwindle, the prices for coal and gas rise to new heights and many people look to the sun for a renewable power source. But solar panels are susceptible to wear. Building professionals all over the world therefore use thermal imaging cameras to inspect solar panels installed on rooftops or in solar parks.
Another renewable energy source is wind. All over the world, windmills are becoming increasingly popular for generating electricity. Entire wind parks are being installed both on land and off shore.
A windmill contains a lot of mechanical and electrical components that can easily be checked with a thermal imaging camera. Correct maintenance inspections of all parts of a windmill ensure that they will keep generating electricity for many years to come..
A thermal and visual image of a wind turbine taken from ground level