Aerial Infrared Thermography (aIRT) is a nondestructive and cost-effective method for detecting faults in largescale PV plants. In this paper, a 1 MW multi-crystalline PV plantblock that was hit by a meteorological tsunami in Brazil in 2016, is inspected systematically using the aIRT method. The main objective was to validate this inspection technique for commercial application. Various failures like hotspots, bypassed substrings, short-circuited and disconnected PV strings were detected at the PV plant using aIRT inspection in less than one hour. The results have proven that this semi-autonomous method is very fast, reliable and effective for large scale PV plants.
|Title of host publication||2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Nov 2018|
|Event||7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States|
Duration: 10 Jun 2018 → 15 Jun 2018
|Conference||7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018|
|Period||10/06/18 → 15/06/18|
- Aerial Infrared thermography (aIRT)
- Fault Inspection.
- Photovoltaic (PV) Plant
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)