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Thermal Scanners have the capabilities to utilise Drone technology during its thermal screening inspections to reach harder to access regions, cover an extensive area quickly and thermal scan dangerous locations such as high voltage zones.  Thermal Scanners utilise a drone with a FLIR thermal imaging camera attached to a 360° gimbal.  However, the use of the drone can be weather and site dependent and may not be able to be used during rainy days or air space that is restricted.

Drone Thermal Imaging is typically used in situations such as:

  • Solar panel inspections,
  • Scanning of large areas,
  • External cold room detection,
  • High voltage substation inspection, and
  • Overhead power lines.

Thermal Imaging from a drone operates in a similar way to normal thermal scanning, where a qualified and experienced thermographer will make use of a Thermal imager to take accurate readings of the thermal variance between objects.  However, due to the unique conditions under which a thermal drone is operating only qualitative analysis is typically performed.  Qualitative analysis is when the temperature of a component is compared to a similar component and only the variance is used as opposed to quantitative where exact temperatures are calculated.  Furthermore, all equipment to be analysed must be active and under normal load during thermal scanning.


In addition to providing a thermal inspection the drone operator can also carry out a visual inspection at the same time, as some of the areas may be hard to reach / not checked on a regular basis.  These could include, cracked or chipped solar panels or other defects.

Thermal Scanners fly and operate all drones in accordance with part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, using only trained thermographers who have received additional training in remote pilot aircraft.

Thermal imaging via drone may be suitable for your premise for PV solar scanning or your business depending upon requirements. Thermal Scanners will provide help in understanding the requirements and benefits offered by utilising thermal imaging with a drone system.  As part of the service Thermal Scanners will provide a detailed thermal report which includes:

  • Detailed scope of works,
  • Thermal and visual images of all Exceptions found including:
    • Detailed location of area of interest,
    • Date and time,
    • Priority rating (for level of importance), and
    • Possible causes.
  • Qualification of thermographer.

Protect your assets today! If you’re looking for the following:


Fast and effective way to prevent costly electrical repairs


Ensure the safety of your facilities, employees and the general public


Ensure the highest level of performance for all electrical systems


Reduce the risk of breakdowns, critical faults and downtime

Call us at Thermal Scanners today to book your thermal inspection or for a free no-obligation quote - 1300 309 562