This year the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition was held in Brussels 24-28 September. Our poster titled “Image Processing for Daylight Electroluminescence PV Imaging Acquired in Movement” was awarded a poster price for an outstanding visual presentation.
The first DronEL (we call him Dronello) successfully made it in the air. The university teams will now do training with the DronEL drones to be certified class 2 drone pilots – so the team can fly with with the rather heavy inspection tools. Next thing will be flying with EL cameras over PV systems. A nice milestone to nail!
The DronEL project won another prize for its contribution to the 2018 edition of the PV Reliability Workshop at NREL in Denver USA.
Postdoc Gisele Benatto from the PV Team in the Diode Lasers & LED Systems Group represented the DronEL project at the international IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference 2017 in Washington, and received the prize “Winner of Best Poster Award in Photovoltaic Characterization Methods” for the effort.
The first experimental studies of inspection of PV panels by electroluminescence and photoluminescence were shown in a poster contribution that became “Winner of Best Poster Award in Photovoltaic Characterization Methods”.
“Drone-based automatic inspection will lower the prices, increase quality and speed of large PV power plant QA checks. DTU Fotonik’s solid knowledge base within PV characterization, laser lighting and image processing is already making a difference in the project”, says prize winner Gisele Benatto.
The PV service market is estimated to 40 billion DKK in 2020 and this project aim at tapping into this by exploiting excellent research together with leading industry players in synergetic field.