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FLIR i7 thermal imaging cameras detect problems with Indian solar plants

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The FLIR i7 thermal imaging cameras have been employed by Carlill Energy to detect defects in their solar power plants located in Punjab, India.

Carlill Energy has successfully adopted the use of thermal imaging cameras to detect and identify problems with photovoltaic cells, junction boxes and grid network connections at a very early stage. 

Carlill Energy, a frontrunner in the development of solar power plants in the state of Punjab, India, has already installed a solar plant capacity of 1.5 MW. The latest plant has been commissioned in February 2012 in Muktsar (Eastern Punjab), in conformance with the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) directives. The plant has a very high PR value among the many different solar power plants in the state of Punjab. 

Early detection and inspection of diode boxes

After having an issue with a failed diode box in the recent past, Carlill Energy sought a solution that would be able to provide advance warning on defects in their solar power components so that they could take precautionary measures and prevent incidents. After thorough research of the marketplace and based on feedback from industry professionals, the company decided to invest in a FLIR thermal imaging camera. 

FLIR’s distributor M/s Industrial Agencies based in Chandigarh, India provided Carlill Energy with a FLIR i7 thermal camera. Training was also provided by the distributor to the Carlill Energy maintenance staff, during which three major hot spots in junction boxes were observed. According to the maintenance staff, the failure of these connections could have hampered the plant’s power generation as well as the company’s PR. 

Strong performance, wide range of applications

The management team of M/s Carlill Energy was enthusiastic about the performance of the FLIR i7 camera. Today, the company uses three FLIR i7 thermal imaging cameras not only for detecting issues with diode boxes, but also to inspect their PV cells and grid network connections.

According to Mr Satnam Singh, Maintenance Manager at Carlill Energy, the FLIR i7 thermal imager will help him identify problematic areas and ensure flawless supply of electricity to the grid, increasing the overall return on investment for this plant.

FLIR i7 thermal imaging camera

One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable thermal imaging cameras on the market, the FLIR i7 is incredibly easy to use and requires no former experience. Designed for a ‘point-shoot-detect’ operation, the camera is capable of obtaining high-quality thermal images that will immediately give the user the required thermal information. The camera is extremely easy to understand and operate, and has been designed for entry-level users. 

The FLIR i7 produces instant, point-and-shoot JPEG thermal imagery that carries all required temperature data to be stored internally or externally, or sent and analysed. Weighing only 365g, the camera is easy to store in a belt pouch. Designed to withstand a 2m drop, the camera is also water-splash proof and IP43 rated. Reporting and analysis software is included. 

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