Hmm, did this week’s infrared image stump you guys?
Answer: Image is of defective cells within a solar panel—and the image was taken at a solar installation in Europe! Defective cells decrease the output of the entire panel, meaning the panel is not producing as much power as it could be. It is very important to use infrared to detect a problem like this, because troubleshooting rows and rows of solar panels can be extremely time consuming, and not to mention, costly! By using an infrared camera, defective cells can be spotted much quicker, as well as from a distance.
Good thinking, Dan, about the image being from B.C.! I probably would have guessed that too—but we like to be a bit tricky :). Stay tuned for next week’s teaser infrared image!