New Photovoltaic (PV) Standards Committee Approved at ISC Meeting

New Photovoltaic (PV) Standards Committee Approved at ISC Meeting at SEMICON West 2007

Photovoltaic is a fast growing segment, and more and more players are investing significantly in this industry that is evolving into a mass production market. In order to secure their investments, the timely development of industry standards is absolutely critical. SEMI is contributing to this process by facilitating and fostering the dialogue among stakeholders in the PV industry. Several companies have expressed their desire to form a PV Technical Standards Committee under the umbrella of the SEMI International Standards Program.

The SEMI International Standards Committee (ISC), at their business meeting at SEMICON West 2007 in San Francisco, approved the formation of the first PV Technical Committee under the auspices of the European Regional Standards Committee (ERSC). This new effort is co-chaired by Dr. Aulich of PV Crystalox Solar plc and Dr. Fabry of Wacker Chemie AG and is endorsed by companies such as advanced clean production GmbH, Information Technology AG, Applied Materials GmbH & Co. KG, BerlinSolar GmbH, Centrotherm GmbH+Co.KG, Deutsche Cell GmbH, ersol Solar Engery AG, FSI International Srl, GT Solar Incorporated, ib-vogt GmbH, ICOS Vision Systems NV, M+W Zander Facility Engineering GmbH, Meyer + Burger AG, OC Oerlikon Balzers AG, Q-Cells AG, STANGL Semiconductor Equipment AG, REC Silicon, Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, Roth & Rau AG, Roth & Rau AG and VON ARDENNE Anlagentechnik GmbH. (Download PDF presentation from SEMICON West.)

EPIA, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, is partnering with SEMI to support their membership and join SEMI in outreach activities to achieve our common objective: Proactively support the industry to achieve higher cost efficiencies and create competitive advantages with other energy generation technologies.

The first PV Technical Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 7, in conjunction with the PVSEC Conference in Milan, Italy. Until PV standards activities internationalized through the SEMI framework, the European PV Committee addresses all worldwide requests from the industry. If you are interested in participating in PV standards development, please register at, and you will receive information on latest developments on a regular basis.