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Australian Solar Farms Run By Drones And AI

 

  • Solar farms in Australia are using AI and drone technology to improve solar panel output and maintenance requirements.
  • The introduction of vertikalitiSOLAR technology has improved the efficiency of solar farm outputs. 

When large-scale industrial solar farms are built, how can the performance of each solar panel be monitored? When a panel is damaged or there is a fault somewhere in the system how do solar farmers know which panel is causing the issue? With artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology of course!

Advances in AI and drone technology has allowed solar farm’s in Australia to pinpoint solar panel faults, deterioration, and maintenance requirements.

So How Does It Work?

AI, such as thermal imaging, can track heat distribution across the solar arrays. When solar panels become too hot thermal imaging technology can identify the specific panel as faulty and highlight its exact location to solar farm owners.

Up until now thermal modeling however was unable to predict PV panel degeneration. As a means to combat this lapse in ability, Aerodyn Australia has launched its cloud-based delivery platform vertikalitiSOLAR.AI-drone-technology-for-solar-farm

VertikalitiSOLAR efficiently monitors and compares multiple thermal imaging maps and assesses and identifies trends, performance and potential issues in the PV solar arrays.

In an elaborate filing system, the vertikalitiSOLAR records specific panel documentation, maintenance records, inspection data, installation reports, engineering data and design data.  

Previously, solar farm maintenance and panel evaluation was a costly and time-consuming activity, but with aerial inspection technologies the solar industry can now develop a more cost-effective system in a market where financial returns are still relatively low.

The technology also creates job opportunities as it requires an in-house Aerodyne expert to analyse and process the large volume of incoming data.

Solar Farmers can then access the logged data through PDF, online maps and a field repair mobile app.

How You Can Access Solar Energy

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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