Drones will roam around the roof of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz to monitor the solar generation efficiency of the panels and for future projects to save time and labor.
Backed by the strategy called Sirb or Arabic for fleet, DEWA has decided to utilized drones to observe the cleaning activities of contractors and the situation of the panels if they need cleaning.
A drone can check the full spread of the 100,000-square-foot roof of the building in less than five minutes. It is equipped with an over 20 mega pixel camera which can produce ultra high definition (4K) images
The full benefit from the photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will be ensured if they are dirt and pollutant-free as any particles covering the panels decrease the generation of energy from sunlight. DEWA’s solar panels produce 600 kilowatts of electricity.
According to the Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, this plan will significantly upgrade operational efficiency by increasing the speed of operations. It will also improve security during regular network analysis and repairs, and precisely identifying breakdowns. It will contribute in examining production, during field study for new projects, and for making new links for buildings and facilities in Dubai.
Drones are also useful in examining the water cooling process in evaporators, allowing them to run without the need for complete shut down for maintenance.
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