India, as a nation is trying to realize the potential of solar energy, as such, it becomes critical to monitor the installed solar systems to get the desired electricity output.
To address the gap in monitoring and getting real-time data of projects, drones are becoming an obvious choice.
Sensing this, T-Hub incubated startup Marut Drones is working with several surveying and inspection companies to provide drone-as-a-service.
With the help of its partner companies, Marut Drones has taken up inspections at over 1,700 MW of installations across India, since its inception last year.
Marut Drones has created a solar division to cater to the needs of the solar sector.
They are deploying drones to locate installation errors & broken panels, resolve generation problems at the project site and help get useful data in the matters of module warranty and insurance claims.
Manual inspection is not only time consuming but also prone to human errors. Around the world, drones are bringing in transformation with their superior capabilities and in India there has been an increasing in demand over the last one year.
The drone technicians carry out aerial thermography at the site using drones, then detailed thermal signature analysis is done by research professionals and a final plant performance report is prepared indicating photo voltaic module faults across the plant layout with expert recommendations on action to be taken in future. Fault data can be categorized into ‘very critical’, ‘critical’ and ‘less critical’ to help the end-user of data take prioritized follow-up.
Reference- Telangana Today, Marut Drone website