Segmentation of Photovoltaic Module Cells in Electroluminescence Images

06/18/2018
by   Sergiu Deitsch, et al.
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High resolution electroluminescence (EL) images captured in the infrared spectrum allow to visually and non-destructively inspect the quality of photovoltaic (PV) modules. Currently, however, such a visual inspection requires trained experts to discern different kind of defects, which is time-consuming and expensive. In this work, we make an important step towards improving the current state-of-the-art in solar module inspection. We propose a robust automated segmentation method to extract individual solar cells from EL images of PV modules. Automated segmentation of cells is a key step in automating the visual inspection workflow. It also enables controlled studies on large amounts of data to understanding the effects of module degradation over time - a process not yet fully understood. The proposed method infers in several steps a high level solar module representation from low-level edge features. An important step in the algorithm is to formulate the segmentation problem in terms of lens calibration by exploiting the plumbline constraint. We evaluate our method on a dataset of various solar modules types containing a total of 408 solar cells with various defects. Our method robustly solves this task with a median weighted Jaccard index of 96.09 97.23

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Swati

extremely useful research paper for the researchers in this domain. Thank you authors!

Sergiu Deitsch

You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it.

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