Ingeteam, involved in a research project is using drones for enhanced solar PV plant performance. This new system is directed at meeting the main challenge faced by solar PV plants today: the need to achieve high returns in order to compete against other sources of energy, both renewable and fossil.
The first drone-based inspection service is set to be launched in the course of next year. The drone is equipped with in-built sensors, algorithms to detect and classify potential causes of reduced panel performance (damage, soiling or deterioration), other algorithms to provide reliable, robust indicators of the technical and economic performance of the system, and an application to optimize maintenance activities.
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