Tandcove advocates the use of aerial drones for a variety of operation and maintenance tasks at solar facilities in general and photovoltaic (PV) systems plant infrastructure.
The importance of O&M is often ignored by many developers. Considering the
fact that the Power Plant must generate returns over a period of 25 years, a very good O&M process is critical for the success of the solar plant.
Whether or not O&M will be outsourced, system owners should consider O&M during design, engineering, and construction to help drive the selection of low- or no-maintenance alternatives, if available.
As with other power generation systems, preventative maintenance (PM) entails routine inspection and servicing of equipment to prevent malfunctions and unnecessary production losses.
Tandcove advocates the use of aerial drones for a variety of operation and maintenance tasks at solar facilities in general and photovoltaic (PV) systems plant infastructure.
Aerial drones currently perform a variety of tasks, including visual imaging (of modules, wiring, and other plant components), infrared thermography, and vegetation monitoring; having the potential to update largely manual conventional processes and more efficiently identify and diagnose PV system performance issues, including data analytics through pattern recognition and change detection. Given the falling system costs and technical advancements, drones offer wide benefits. As well as time saving and labour efficiency, drones can be dispatched flexibly to gain access to locations not otherwise easily reached. Measurements taken via drone imaging of ground mounted systems offer improved accuracy over manual methods.
A single drone can perform a variety of tasks, creating benefit-stacking opportunities.