Massive lands are what give life to solar energy systems. Our country is privileged in this sense: The North Zone has the highest solar incidence in the world. But how much do we know about this type of renewable energy? Find out everything with IGNOUS.
What is Solar Energy?
Using the electromagnetic radiation of the Sun, solar energy is one of the most important renewable sources worldwide. For its generation, one of the main criteria is the quantity that can be developed according to the unit of area and time. Important information to consider if we think about the advantages that the Chilean territory has for its operation
Solar energy is obtained in two ways:
- Photovoltaic plants: By means of panels with cell groups or solar cells created with semiconductor materials, this system captures the luminous energy of the Sun (photons) and then generates electrical energy (electrons).
- Thermal plants: They use heat to generate electricity through mirrors that focus the Sun’s energy, concentrating fluids through a conventional thermodynamic cycle in a receiver that can reach temperatures close to 1,000ºC.
Our services have reached both platforms with excellent results.
What are the benefits?
The impact of solar energy is greater than what is thought, because being a renewable energy and available anywhere on the planet, in addition to not polluting the environment, it becomes an option for the sustainable development of the countries that implement it.
In our country, it serves to generate electricity on a large scale thanks to the solar incidence levels enjoyed by the national territory. This opens the way to the electric generation of the country, helping in its autonomy in this sense.
It should be added that solar plants don’t emit polluting gases, which means that they don’t damage the environment.
What is the situation in Chile?
In the National Electric System, solar energy occupies the third place, only after Water and Thermal energies. This is because, as previously mentioned, Chile has the highest solar incidence in the world. According to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Chile, it was determined that the Northern Zone of the country receives an estimated solar radiation of between 7 and 7.5 kWh/m2.
Up to December 2017, there were 1,769 MW of solar installations, achieving an 8% penetration in the system. Today, that figure continues to rise and solar energy already reaches 9.6% of the energy generated in the country, according to the latest Electricity Market Bulletin of 2018.
What services does Ignous offer for solar energy systems?
The different functions of drones with high resolution thermographic cameras, allow the detection of hot spots in the damaged photovoltaic cells, thus achieving to anticipate string failures and energy losses, facilitating the study and revision of photoelectric cells to locate those that are considered defective or check if they’re within the working temperature range.
In this way and with aerial thermography, it’s possible to take data while the plates are working at full capacity, avoiding interrupting the work and planning of each company.
Advantages of the inspection with IGNOUS:
- Greater speed and effectiveness in the process.
- Lower costs of inspection brigades.
- Detailed and geo-referenced information of any possible problem.
- Better use of corrective maintenance resources.
- Inspection of engines and mobile components.
- Inspection of wires and electrical rooms.