Solar Thermography vs Solar Thermography Pro

In this article you will learn more about the Solar Thermography data products and the differences between them

Updated over a week ago

Introduction

The Solar Thermography and Solar Thermography Pro data products identify and locate maintenance issues and their potential causes on solar sites. Using a thermal and visual (RGB) view of each anomaly, you can determine exactly where and what the problems are on your site and what is causing them.

Solar Inspection Pro
Solar Inspection Essential

What is the difference between the Standard and Pro version?

Pro

The Pro version is an orthomosaic-based solution. This data product includes a full thermal and visual (RGB) orthomosaic of your site, allowing you to visualise every solar panel. Some advantages over the normal version include the following:

  • No sun glare - all glare is automatically filtered out during processing

  • Assess the evolution of the health of each solar panel in time using our swipe compare feature

An example of a pro thermography:

Screenshot of Solar Inspection Pro in Sitemark's Fuse Platform

Solar Thermography

The Standard version is a photo-based solution. This data product provides you only a thermal and visual (RGB) photo of each anomaly, without any orthomosaics. One requirement is to provide a panel level as-built of your full solar site. For more information on this as-built requirement, please check out this article.

An example of an normal thermography:

Screenshot of Solar Inspection Essential in Sitemark's Fuse Platform

Both versions include the same details of the data analytics regarding the anomalies. You can find more information about what kind of analytics are included in this article.


What data do I need to provide?

For the Pro version, check out this article for the data input requirements.

For the Standard version, check out this article for the data input requirements.


What do I get?

These data product output the following layers:

  • Thermal orthomosaic - only in Solar Thermography Pro

  • Visual orthomosaic - only in Solar Thermography Pro

  • Geo-located solar anomalies - in both versions

  • Visual and thermal photos for each anomaly - in both versions

Pro

Normal

Thermal orthomosaic of the entire site

Visual orthomosaic of the entire site

Geo-located solar anomalies

Visual and thermal photos for each anomaly


Add-Ons

The following add-ons are available for the solar inspection data products:

  • Fast Track: faster flight planning, execution, and processing

  • Irradiance product add-on: assurance that the data is acquired at 600W/m², verified using a handheld device

  • Solar Anomaly Numbering: structured numbering for every anomaly to make it easier to locate them in the field; check out this article for more information


Variations

The solar inspection data products are also available in a 3cm GSD version. This makes the acquisition officially IEC compliant, which some manufacturers require for warranty claims.


Limitations

Solar Thermography Pro is not compatible with water-floating solar sites. The reason is related to the fact that the water surface looks very similar. It is very hard to find unique-looking pixels (key points) on water surfaces, as water is very uniform. The image processing software will not be able to process the data. Like water bodies, deserts and forest canopies are also hard to process because each pixel will look similar in the aerial image.

Even if key points are found, it is hard to match them between images, as these points are not static (water moves). Since the images that mainly contain water surfaces are not calibrated, they do not contribute to the processing and can not be used to give color to the orthomosaic. Finally, it might give some holes (lack of information) in the orthomosaic on water surface areas.

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