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Toward a drone-based electroluminescence inspection for photovoltaic (PV) installations

   School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

  Dr Mahmoud Dhimish  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Recent advancements and cost reductions in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)technology have led to the adoption of UAVs equipped with thermal cameras to inspect solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. However, recent techniques such as electroluminescence (EL) imaging offer a higher level of image detail and qualitative insight than conventional IR thermography imaging; hence, this project aims to utilize a fast and accurate drone-based thermal and EL inspection applied to PV installations. Therefore, the ultimate objective is to correlate the thermal and EL images and discover the PV faults and defects, such as cracks, hotspots, potential induced degradation (PID), and failure in bypass diodes.

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related subject.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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