Institut for Forretningsudvikling og Teknologi

Ramjee Prasad

Maintenance of the Photovolatic Plants Using UAV Equipped with Low-cost GNSS RTK Receiver

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  • Muhammad Bilal
  • Ramjee Prasad
  • Marco Nisi
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  • Fabio Menichetti, Italien
  • Ernestina Cianca, Italien
  • Alberto Mennella, Italien
  • Graziano Gagliarde, Italien
  • Davide Marenchino, Italien
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Real Time Kinematic (RTK)
employs high-end dual-frequency receivers and antennas to deliver precise
positioning that, in some way, restricts the use of GNSSRTKto a subset of user
market due to very high cost. The emerging mass-market user applications,
however, require centimeter-positioning accuracy considering a cost-effective
solution. This calls for low-cost GNSS RTK solutions to create new possibilities
for mass-market user applications to make use of GNSS high accuracy
positioning in a variety of ways. One of the applications, which makes use of
low-cost GNSS RTK receiver, is the maintenance of photovoltaic (PV) plants
using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This paper proposes a solution that
aims at automating the maintenance of PV plant with enhanced reliability in a
time and cost effective manner, which otherwise requires intermediate human
intervention. The paper presents the architectural concept, system design, and end-to-end algorithm that plays a pivotal role in enabling the automatic report
generation of PV plant status. Preliminary results of the proof-of-concept
shows the feasibility of the proposed solution.
TidsskriftJournal of Communication, Navigation, Sensing and Services
Sider (fra-til) 25-48
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2017

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