New SEMI Group Seeks to Reduce Production Costs and Speed Commercialization of P

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New SEMI Group Seeks to Reduce Production Costs and Speed Commercialization of PV Technologies

On January 28, SEMI announced details of the association’s global photovoltaic (PV) initiatives, including the formation of the SEMI PV Group ( to enhance member support in this critically important and high growth area. With technologies and industry structure similar to the semiconductor industry—and with 20 percent of SEMI members currently active in PV, including the industry’s largest equipment and materials suppliers—SEMI is uniquely positioned to support the PV industry growth through reduced costs, efficient technology transfer, global market development, industry standards, market statistics, and other services.

Growth and Opportunity

While recent estimates project the global photovoltaic (PV) market to grow from US$13 billion today to over $40 billion in 2012, the PV industry is dependent upon continued technological development, cost reduction, responsible public policies, and industry collaboration for continued long-term growth. Given the significant growth opportunities for SEMI members, and enormous societal benefits to rapid adoption of solar energy, SEMI has been rapidly escalating services to members in the PV industry for several years. To expand these services, leaders in photovoltaic manufacturing envisioned creating the SEMI PV Group to address the opportunities and obstacles of bringing low-cost PV technology and sustainable, clean energy to the world. As the only global industry group focused on PV materials, equipment, and manufacturing, SEMI knows that it can play a critical role in the cost reduction and rapid expansion of solar energy.

SEMI Involvement in PV

Currently, SEMI organizes a range of PV-related events including PV-focused technical events at executive and technical conferences such as the Industry Strategy Symposiums (ISS); all SEMICON expositions in Europe, Asia, and North America, PV Fab Managers Forums; and executive forums and roundtables held throughout the world. Additional SEMI services and activities in the PV area include:

  • Market research and statistics programs
  • Support for public policy initiatives through direct advocacy and coordination with other information groups
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) regulatory support
  • Information clearinghouse for PV manufacturing news and information
  • International industry standards facilitation that reduce costs and expand business opportunities for SEMI members.

PV Group and PV Advisory Committee

The SEMI PV Group is comprised of SEMI members active in PV, SEMI PV Advisory Committees, and dedicated staff resources in Europe, North America, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and China. The SEMI PV Group is currently working with a diverse set of industry associations to achieve its member goals including the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), as well as many others. The PV Advisory Committee is comprised of executives representing major PV regions around the globe, and includes:

  • Hans Autenrieth, Centrotherm
  • Bob Falster, MEMC
  • Karl Hesse (co-chair), Wacker Chemie
  • Winfred Hoffmann, Applied Materials/EPIA
  • Wolfgang Koch (vice-chair), KoSolCo
  • Michio Kondo, AIST
  • Quincy Lin, NeoSolar
  • Heiko Moritz, GTSolar
  • Heinz Ossenbrink, JRC Ispra
  • Peter Pauli, Meyer & Burger
  • Tatsuo Saga (co-chair), Sharp
  • Zhengrong Shi, Suntech Power
  • Simon Tsuo, MoTech
  • Yasunori Uchida, JPEA Representative
  • Eicke Weber, FhG ISE

For more information on the SEMI PV Group, visit