Best Conference Paper @ IEEE PES General Meeting 2016

he paper “Image Resolution and Defects Detection in PV Inspection by Unmanned Technologies” by Mohammadreza Aghaei, Alberto Dolara, Francesco Grimaccia and Sonia Leva has been selected among the Best Conference Papers on Planning, Operations, & Electricity Markets in the 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting which will be held in Boston (MA), USA, July 17-21, 2016.
In the last ten years solar energy has expanded its application range from power plants to many industrial applications. The main goal of this paper is to investigate the correlation between aerial image capture altitude and potential defect identification on PV modules. For this scope, unmanned technology was employed to fly over a test laboratory in order to capture images of the modules using sensor and GPS onboard at different altitudes. The results of this study show that PV module defects identification can be classified based on different flight conditions.