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Solar Drones in Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

Introducing solar drone maintenance systems.

We understand that investing in a solar system is a significant financial investment, so you want to ensure that your system is performing at 100% capacity at all times. SolarKraft is one of Australia’s first investors in solar drone maintenance technology – capable of locating faults in solar systems of any size from small domestic systems to large scale solar farms. No business shut-downs or operational implications required.

Traditional forms of solar panel maintenance involving ground thermal imaging have some limitations that make an accurate analysis and reporting troublesome. New technology affixed to drones allows our maintenance experts to achieve the perfect angles to obtain precise and clear imaging results. Drone technology allows us at SolarKraft to both efficiently and effectively analyse your system & ensure it’s performing at 100%. A drone thermal imaging scan alongside a full visual examination will minimise any imminent threats and keep performance on track. Don’t wait until your next power bill to see if your system is underperforming, schedule your maintenance check up today.

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Industrial solar installations can include a huge number of solar panels that are sometimes located in remote areas. Manually inspecting these panels will involve a considerable investment of time, and doing it manually is not guaranteed to detect every problem that might be present. Solar drones by SolarKraft solve both problems, allowing you to keep your business running efficiently with no time investment required on your part.

 

What are solar drones?

Solar drones are remotely operated aircrafts that are used for inspecting solar panels from the air. While we’d love for them to be solar powered themselves, the first solar powered drone was only invented in 2017, and they’re currently much too expensive to use for this purpose.

 

How does a solar drone work?

Our solar drones are designed to fly over the solar installation and perform a thermal scan, which will reveal “hot spots” that can help you identify solar panels that need maintenance. The drone can’t actually fix the problem, and that’s not its purpose. The drone helps you find the faults so you can send somebody to exactly the right location to fix the problem.

 

Why is using a solar drone a good idea?

As you can imagine, being able to locate the source of problems so quickly and easily from the air saves you considerable time and money. Using drones is also more efficient than other aerial detection methods such as using a manned helicopter or plane to do the same thing.

Your maintenance staff will know the exact location to go to, and will be able to quickly perform maintenance repairs or replace a faulty panel, without the usual bother of having to check each panel individually to find faults. This also prevents wasteful repairs and replacements where they’re not needed. Manual inspection sometimes results in false positives, and obviously this can be very costly if solar panels are replaced or repaired when they’re still in good condition.

So solar drones save you time and money, plus they help your maintenance staff work more efficiently and effectively by not wasting their time on manual inspections. Performing those manual inspections is a boring and unpleasant task; so eliminating the need for manual inspections is a good thing.

 

What data does a solar drone collect?

The solar drone flies over the area where the solar panel farm is located and it records images of it. Images can be taken from multiple different angles and altitudes, so you can really hone in on the individual panels that might not be working as they should. As well as the thermal image of the panels, you will also see data showing the maximum temperature detected, the minimum temperature detected, and the average temperature detected.

The colours used in the thermal imaging range from dark green through to dark blue to dark red. Blue and green areas in an image are cool spots, while yellows and oranges are warmer, and red represents the hottest areas.

 

What are the requirements for operating a solar drone?

To operate these types of solar drones in Brisbane or solar drones on the Sunshine Coast, it is necessary to comply with federal, state, and local drone operation laws. The requirements for operating solar drones in Brisbane are particularly strict, while operating solar drones on the Sunshine Coast is subject to slightly less strict regulation.

The equipment necessary for the drone to do its job brings the weight of the drone to over 2kg, which means these drones are not eligible for CASA licensing exclusion. Australian law requires pilots of drones weighing 2kg or more to have a remote pilot license, which assures the pilot can operate the drone safely. It is also necessary to have a remote operators certificate, which means the business providing the service and the equipment used is rated as safe.

In certain areas it is necessary to obtain approval for the flight before the flight commences, in the same way that other aircrafts need permission to fly.

 

How We Can Help

SolarKraft is one of Australia’s first investors in solar drone maintenance technology. We can help to pinpoint faults in solar systems of all sizes from small domestic installations to large scale solar farms all over Australia incuding, Ipswich, Moreton Bay & Logan City. To book your solar maintenance scan, just enter your details on our site and we’ll be in touch with you ASAP.

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Maintenance Reports

With each monitoring service, you’ll receive a detailed performance report. This report includes:

  • Detailed breakdown of performance metrics
  • System imagery taken from the drone
  • Thermal imaging report
  • Highlighted areas of concern including panel damage, hotspots, or substantial temperature differences across panels.

Potential faults that may be discovered include:

  • Hotspots
  • Microcracking
  • Interconnection Issues
  • Defective Cells
  • Panel Failure
  • Connection Failures
  • De-energized Systems
  • Internal Short Circuits
  • Faulty Bypass Diodes
  • Reverse Polarity
  • Mould Build Up
  • Storm Damage
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Benefits of solar drone maintenance:

The most accurate effective approach to solar PV maintenance.

No production or power shutdowns required.

Fast service – thousands of panels able to be inspected per day.

Locate visual damage panels including cracks int he glass, manufacturing faults & storm/hail damage.

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