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Thermal scanning can be completed upon active solar systems being either Photovoltaic (PV) panels or solar hot water systems (SHWS).  Thermal scanning can examine to see if there are any defective cells, panels, or blockages in the case of SHWS.  These can occur due to a number of reasons including:

  • Incorrect installation,
  • Defective manufacturing,
  • Damage from weather such as hail or dirt, and
  • Blockages caused by rust or presence of heavy metals.

Thermal scanning will detect a thermal variance across either the panels or network of tubing, where either hot spots indicate a defective solar cell within a PV panel or a cold PV or SHWS panel indicating a non-working panel or blockage.  These faults can not easily be detected by the naked eye. As such thermal scanning must be completed during sunny days and under normal load operations, such that the inverters and other equipment are operational. The reasons for completing thermal scanning upon your PV cells include:

  • Ensuring highest efficiency during manufacturing and installation warranty,
  • Quality assurance after installation, and
  • Checking for damage after weather events such as hail or dust storms.

Has your electricity bill gone up and you have solar panels? Now may be the time to request a thermal inspection of your solar panels.

Thermal inspections of your solar panels are completed by a highly trained technician, and roof access is not always necessary.  Thermal Scanners operate a thermal scanning drone able to find faults in harder to reach places.

Thermal imaging of Solar Systems is for all owners of PV panels and solar hot water systems, body corporate, site managers, property owners and insurance claims. Thermal imaging of solar systems can be carried out on commissioning for quality assurance, any time during operation to check energy efficiency, or for insurance claims.

Thermal Scanners will provide help in understanding the requirements and benefits offered by utilising thermal imaging on all solar panel systems.  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 (i.e. Bird droppings or crack in panel).
  • 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