Solar Array Aerial Surveys for Fault and Anomaly Detection

January 2, 2015

By Gerald E. Kobelski, CEO, ASSIST Aviation Solutions, LLC

“Researchers from Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, have demonstrated the value of using aerial infrared thermal imagery to detect problems and evaluate solar panel operations in the field. Recent solar array aerial surveys and resulting fault detection have further established the value of this tool for solar farm operators. In practice, this method enabled operators to survey 50 or more megawatts of installed infrastructure in a single day.”

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Electrical Utilities Have a New Tool to Assess Their Distribution Infrastructure’s Health

January 22, 2015

By Gerald E. Kobelski, CEO, ASSIST Aviation Solutions, LLC

A new tool for utilities is easily implemented and deployed, providing multiple opportunities to improve service and reduce outages.

“A great deal of information is available on the Internet and in documents published by federal agencies such as FERC regarding the vulnerability and health of the nation’s power grid (its electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure). These sources point out that most weather-related transmission line outages are from foliage encroachment, often creating major blackouts across wide population areas.”

Read the entire article here:  Electrical Utilities Have a New Tool to Assess Their Distribution Infrastructure’s Health