New SEMI PV Automation Standards Committee Formed

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New SEMI PV Automation Standards Committee Formed

In order to more effectively address the growing activity level in standardization of PV hardware and software, the International Standards Committee recently approved formation of a new PV Automation Standards Committee. This first chapter of the global committee is in Japan, and a European counterpart is expected to be approved in July at SEMICON West / Intersolar NA.

Since its formation in 2007, the SEMI PV Standards Committee has grown to address a wide variety of topics, including materials, test methods, connector ribbon, equipment communication, thin film substrate dimensions, transparent conductive oxide, wafer and cell transport, , silicon feedstock, module vibration, crystalline silicon cell appearance, gases, and chemicals. Active task forces resulted in the publication of four standards and this number is expected to increase after adjudication of twelve ballots at the upcoming committee meeting at Intersolar NA.

The new PV Automation Committee will initially focus on existing efforts related to equipment-to-equipment communication, cell transport carriers, and single substrate tracking, but activities are anticipated to rapidly multiply, as the PV industry is increasingly recognizing the essential role Standards will play in reaching grid parity. Future releases of Standards Watch and The Grid will contain updates on committee activities, so make sure to subscribe.

All interested parties from the PV industry, regardless of regions, are encouraged to participate in the global Standards development process. To register for the SEMI PV Automation Standards Committee, please visit:

For more information on PV Standards activities, please visit or contact your local Standards staff.