The Spotlight’s on Solar at the Upcoming PV Fab Managers Forum

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The Spotlight’s on Solar at the Upcoming PV Fab Managers Forum

Driven by the increasing price of oil, government incentives, and long-term expectations for a massive renewable energy market, the global photovoltaic (PV) market is on fire. Recent estimates project the global solar photovoltaic market in excess of $7 billion, growing to over $16 billion in 2012.

To better prepare the manufacturing supply chain for continued growth, productivity gains and new business opportunities, SEMI has organized the first annual Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum. Hosted by Q-Cells, the world’s second largest producer of solar cells, the PV Fab Managers Forum takes place 11–13 March 2007 at the Renaissance Hotel in Leipzig, Germany. Modeled after the successful Semiconductor Fab Managers Forum held in conjunction with SEMICON® Europa, this event will attract executives and professionals from the European PV industry to meet and discuss technology, productivity, and supply chain management issues in PV manufacturing.

While growing rapidly, the PV industry faces a number of important challenges. PV production capacity worldwide is currently limited due to both feedstock supply problems and high Wpeak costs. Scientists and engineers are focusing on new materials and efficiency of known materials (mainly silicon based: amorphous silicon or crystalline silicon, thin film and many others), novel solar cell designs, continuous processing innovations, and low-cost processing and manufacturing techniques. To address these and other issues, SEMI has launched a comprehensive program that supports the continued growth and profitability of the PV industry. In addition to the PV Fab Managers Forum, PV issues will occupy an entire track at SEMICON Europa.

Keynote speaker for the Forum is Dr. Anton Milner, CEO of Q-Cells. This British-born engineering graduate is a co-founder of Q-Cells and a Q-Cells AG board member since 2000. Q-Cells AG occupies the number-one position in Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in Germany.

The PV Fab Managers Forum is targeted at executives from the wafer, cell and module makers concerned with day-to-day manufacturing issues. Executives from equipment, feedstock and materials suppliers will also attend. In-depth technical presentations and panel discussions will include cost-effective solutions to manufacturing challenges. Networking opportunities throughout the forum will help solidify business relationships. On March 12, Forum attendees will dine at the Porsche Museum in Leipzig—a high-tech setting for a relaxing evening of networking.

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