The New Technology in Energy Sector: Drone Thermal Recordings
As everyone knows technology is part of our lives. We can use the technology for our best interest, therefore recently a new technology drone thermal recording has emerged in the energy sector.
Drones have been used in the energy sector recently and it is quite popular. It is being used in mining, agriculture, building and energy sectors actively. With the new technology, drones help diagnose the hotspots, and find, prevent and handle the possible accidents in the power industry (electric breakdown, electric leakage, software and hardware breakdown). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle)
It can take a long time for employees to scan, examine, and even return to the relevant area. But thanks to drones, even the most difficult to reach points can be accessed within minutes. For all these reasons, the use of drones in power plants is increasing day by day.
Drones being used in the energy sector helps companies save both time and money. It is necessary to periodically examine and inspect the buildings, materials and energy-producing infrastructure mechanisms used in the energy sector and that is why it is being used in the energy sector. These examinations and inspections cost much and cause dangers that human beings may come across. At this juncture, drones take place as secure. They can both inspect very carefully and prevent challenges before they begin. For the energy sector drones used in reinstituting and operating which are places hard and dangerous to reach.
The use of drones in wind energy sector
The use of drones in the wind energy sector first emerged during the periodic inspection of wind turbines. However, during the control of wind power plants, the location of the turbines should be evaluated in the light of some criteria according to environmental conditions. For example, it is essential to remove icing from wind turbines located in an area with icing conditions. In such cases, the drones that come into play detect the icing on the turbine blades and eliminate the damage that may occur with early intervention.
On the other hand, thanks to the high-resolution images taken from the blades of each wind turbine, various measures can be taken before an existing problem grows. All these activities can be done while the wind turbines are running and without any interruption in energy, thanks to advanced drone technologies.
While a team of 3 people was able to control only one turbine in a day, thanks to drone technologies, a team of 2 people can control 8 turbines a day.
The use of drones in solar energy sector
The lifespan of panels used in the solar sector depends on their maintenance and periodic controls. In this way the error margin will be half and the saving time and money will be doubled. With the drones used in these solar panel farms, it can be determined whether there is any broken, broken or physical damage on any panel, water can be intervened in case of fire, and even with the drones with thermal cameras, it can be determined whether there is an abnormality in the temperature values.
As with every electrical product, high temperatures are undesirable for devices in solar power plants. Of course, there will be heating in electrical devices, but temperatures above the operating range of the device can be an indication of the anomalies occurring in the devices and may cause malfunctions over time. Therefore, thermal control and inspections should be carried out at least once a year, more frequently in the summer months in solar power plants. These controls can be done by drone with thermal camera on PV panels, and with handheld thermal cameras at panel, transformer, inverter and all other connection points.
In solar power plants, maintenance can be performed 10 times faster than wind and collect more reliable data.
The use of drones in hydroelectric power plants
Hydroelectric power plants are another facility where drones are used. In these power plants, drones are generally used for three-dimensional modeling of the power plant, determining the installation area and measuring the electricity values. In addition, drones take a serious role in inspection activities in areas where there are high voltage lines.