United Utilities Renewable Energy (UURE) owns and operates upwards of 60 renewable technology assets across the North West of England, including solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind turbines. Many of the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are mounted on the ground, meaning management of nearby organic growth is an important part of the overall Operations & Maintenance strategy and is key to ensuring the safe and efficient on-going output of the system.
Seeing and Recording Alpha Radiation at a Distance
The detection of alpha radiation is typically limited by the proximity of the sensor to the contaminated surface (typically 1 - 2cm). A method of detecting, quantifying and providing a visual record of the location of alpha radiation (or characteristics which evidence the presence of alpha radiation) at distance (e.g. tens of centimetres to greater than 1m) is sought.