Announcing the Winner of the Raptor Solar Contest

Announcing the Winner of the Raptor Solar Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in Raptor Maps’ first drone inspection contest focused on solar farm inspections!

We held a drone inspection contest last month to promote Raptor Maps’ latest analytics product, Raptor Solar, and showcase some of the best drone pilots, service providers, and aerial thermographers on Earth. We had entries from all over the world, including inspections of PV systems ranging from small commercial rooftop PV systems to utility-scale solar power plants. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Congratulations to Yuji Kuwamizu at afterFIT, the winner of 10 megawatts (MWdc) of free Raptor Solar Artificial-Intelligence (AI) software analysis and PV system inspection reports and 1 free year of the Raptor App in our ‘Raptor Solar’ contest. His contest entry solar inspection data was reviewed by Raptor Maps’ automated software solution and the analytics were used to create a PV system inspection .PDF report, as well as online report, .KML, and Excel (see below).

Yuji and afterFIT were nice enough to give us permission to share the PV system inspection report. You can review the entire report HERE.

Our judges evaluated all entries based on data quality. The highest quality data was defined as the following:

  • Thermal images were radiometric (R-JPEG, thermal TIFF)
  • Images were geotagged and timestamped
  • Images were free from glare
  • Images were free from motion blur
  • Cell and module level defects could be seen (typically 5.5 cm/pixel or less ground sampling distance)
  • The solar installation was completely captured without missing any modules
  • In the event of a tie, the data collected at the fastest data collection speed (MWdc/min) wins

Congratulations Yuji!

About Afterfit Co., Ltd. Afterfit Engineering Co., Ltd. (afterFIT):

afterFIT is headquartered in Okayama City, Japan with several branch offices throughout Japan. The company provides development, construction, maintenance, and maintenance of large solar power plants throughout the Japanese solar market.

Raptor Solar Contest

Raptor Solar Contest

Announcement: Deadline extended until 11:59PM EST Monday, February 19th, 2018.

Raptor Maps is holding it’s first drone inspection contest focused on thermal imaging of solar farms. The contest is being held to promote Raptor Maps’ latest analytics product, Raptor Solar, and showcase some of the best drone pilots, service providers, and aerial thermographers on Earth. May the best solar thermal dataset win.

Submissions are required to include thermal images captured from a drone that contain at least 500 kilowatts (DC), 2000 modules, or 2 acres of photovoltaic modules from one solar system (photovoltaic farm, roof, carport installation, etc).

The winner will receive free Raptor Solar (which includes full post-processing, analysis, and reporting) on up to 3 solar installations totaling up to 10 megawatts (DC) in size and 1 free year of the Raptor App for drone inspections. Together this is valued over $1,500.

All submissions will receive written feedback on data quality.

Submissions will be judged on data quality. The highest quality data means the following:

  • Thermal images are radiometric (R-JPEG, thermal TIFF)
  • Images are geotagged and timestamped
  • Imagery is free from glare
  • Imagery is free from motion blur
  • Cell and module level defects can be seen (typically 5.5 cm/pixel or less ground sampling distance)
  • The solar installation is completely captured without missing any modules
  • In the event of a tie, the data collected at the fastest data collection speed (megawatts/second) will win

The contest will be held from 12:01AM EST, February 1st, 2018 till 11:59PM EST, February 11th, 2018.

You can submit your dataset by filling out the submission form below and including a cloud share link to the dataset (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, AWS S3, etc.).

The winner will be contacted and announced online at raptormaps.com. Additionally, company logo, company website, and/or submission data and results can also be posted at the winner’s discretion.

Watch: Using a 3D Mesh for Spatial Awareness

Watch: Using a 3D Mesh for Spatial Awareness

In this video, we demonstrate the use of a 3D mesh over a street map for improved spatial awareness. The radiometric images are projected in space above the mesh, using telemetry data from the drone. Users can zoom into the full-resolution thermal imagery and mark their findings. Avoid looking at redundant images, and only review areas of interest (not the parking lot!). Using a simplified mesh reduces loading time, and combination with the original image gives you the best of both worlds.

Featuring a map from one of our contest winners, Nate at Sky Scape Industries.

     

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