Fly-it-yourself PV plant inspections: the future of solar plant maintenance
Using drones for solar plant inspections has started to become the norm amongst plant owners and O&M companies because it is quicker, more accurate, more economical and safer. However, plants aren’t being inspected nearly enough to ensure their functionality. PES caught up with Mauro Migliazzi, the CEO of Wesii, to find out how their new product launch this coming February is going to change the way we do solar plant inspections.
PES: A warm welcome to PES Solar/PV Mauro, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by introducing us to WESII S.r.l and telling us how you got started?
Mauro Migliazzi: Absolutely, thank you for having me, I’m happy to be here. I first started Wesii in 2016 after 10 years of working in hyper spectral and multispectral remote sensing elsewhere. I had always worked with airplanes but starting my own company you could say that an airplane was out of budget for me, so I decided to spend all my money on a drone instead.
My initial idea for Wesii was to help the everyday person learn how to use drones and infrared wavelengths to take better care of their businesses and assets. However, after one year I found myself with a small team and focusing on the solar industry, which is personally very important to me, providing B2B services, with aerial thermography being our top seller.
I feel quite fortunate to be able to pursue my passion for renewable energy in my career and to have built a team who shares the same passion.
PES: That’s great to hear. Can you tell us about your inspections, what they involve, the how, the why and what the benefits are to the end users?