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Carlill Energy adopts thermal imaging cameras to detect problems with solar power plants in India

Indian solar power company uses FLIR i7 thermal imaging cameras to identify and detect problems with PV cells at it solar power plants in Punjab

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Carlill Energy has adopted FLIR i7 cameras to identify defects in PV cells at solar power plants

India’s Carlill Energy has started using thermal imaging cameras to identify and detect problems at its solar power plants in the northern state of Punjab. FLIR Systems’ FLIR i7 thermal imaging cameras enable the Indian solar company to detect problems with PV cells, junction boxes and grid network connections at an early stage.

The need for a solution to provide early warning was acknowledged when Carlill Energy noticed a failed diode box at its solar power plant in Muktsar. The solar power plant was commissioned in accordance to the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) directives in February 2012. It also had a high PR value among the many different solar power plants in the state.

The incident prompted Carlill Energy to look for a solution to prevent incidents involving failed diode boxes from happening in the future. FLIR’s distributor in India Industrial Agencies provided Carlill Energy with a FLIR i7 thermal camera as a solution to prevent such problems occurring with solar power plants.

Satnam Singh, maintenance manager at Carlill Energy, said: “The FLIR i7 thermal imager will help us identify problematic areas and, as a result, ensure flawless supply of electricity to the grid.”

According to FLIR Systems, the FLIR i7 is the “smallest, lightest and most affordable thermal imaging camera on the market.” The company said it really is a matter of "point-shoot-detect" to obtain high-quality thermal images that will immediately give the user the thermal information they need. FLIR Systems said the camera is also extremely easy to understand and operate, and has been designed for entry-level users.