Here we will give a short explanation of other forms of Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging has to date been overlooked and its importance not even recognised. The benefits of performing a thermal scan is to detect any hot spots in not only solar panels but all connections, joins and even components such as DC Breakers, Inverters and your entire switch board.
The solar panel system ROI calculation often assumes 20 years of power production. As the panels age the gradual loss of power is calculated as well. These calculations can’t predict system deterioration caused by lightning storms, panel cell overheating and other component failures. To assure optimal continuous solar power production, thermography scans should be performed at regular intervals to assess preventive maintenance needs.
To assure optimal continuous solar power production, thermography scans should be performed at regular intervals to assess preventive maintenance needs. For example, when modules overheat due to shade, defective cells, or substrings consuming instead of producing power, the module efficiency can drop by 0.5% per Kelvin. A panel temperature rise of 18 °F (10 °C) as compared with an average temperature of other panels can lower the power yield by as much as 5%.
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots. In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
Air-conditioner compressor leaks;U
Under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and
Broken seals in double-paned windows.
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
Hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and
Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.
IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:
Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;
Overloaded and undersized circuits;
Overheated electrical equipment and components; and
Electrical faults before they cause a fire.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
Possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and
Dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
Standard Images with Infrared Images
The report is user-friendly. The Inspector provides standard digital images side by side with your IR images. This gives clients an accurate point of reference for the IR data, which is essential for mapping out improvements and repairs.