Drones ‘could cut solar design costs by 70%’

The unmanned aircraft can be used to plot where panels will work best, evaluate the energy generating potential of rooftops and conduct maintenance inspections

Drone flying over solar panels

Using drones to help map out solar energy projects could reduce the cost of their design by around 70%.

That’s the verdict from drone software platform DroneDeploy, which says the unmanned aircraft can be used to plot where panels will work best, evaluate the energy generating potential of rooftops and conduct maintenance inspections.

The firm says drones can scan and assess land at an ‘exceptionally fast’ speed, cutting the time this usually takes by as much as 90% – DroneDeploy suggests this offers a significant benefit in a competitive market where there is a need to quickly bid and purchase property.

It also claims drones can map and measure roofs using machine learning, before using this information to fit as many solar panels as possible into the space.

The firm notes drones can even be equipped with thermal imaging cameras to detect broken photocells in panels and other issues that the naked eye can’t see, making maintenance easier and more cost-effective.

A South Korean drone company recently conducted a hydrogen-powered test flight lasting nearly 11 hours.

Technologies for energy users that can help them reduce costs and emissions will be among those on display at The Energy Solutions Show (TESS)  on June 5th at Millennium Point, Birmingham.

If you are interested in showcasing your technology, feel free to get in touch here.

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