Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

Optimizing solar farms with smart drones

As drones equipped with thermal cameras increasingly take on the job of inspecting growing solar farms, Raptor Maps' software makes sense of the data they collect.

The system can also estimate the costs associated with each problem it finds, allowing technicians to prioritize their work and owners to decide what’s worth fixing.

The plan was to build drones equipped with high-definition thermal cameras to gather data, then create a machine-learning system to gain insights on crops as they grew.


  • Solar energy

Sustainability domain

  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable industrial practices

Type of innovation

  • Core sciences & engineering

Stakeholder type

  • University researcher
  • Corporate researcher


Relevant for

  • Operations & maintenance professional
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Production or process engineer

Innovation sector

  • Automation/robotics
  • Environmental sciences
  • Renewable energy sciences