Materials Effect on Long-Term PV Quality— Addressed at SEMI PV Materials Expert Forum at Intersolar North America

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 5, 2013 — SEMI formally announced the conference program for the SEMI PV Materials Expert Forum to be held at Intersolar North America 2013 in San Francisco, California on July 9, 2013. The Forum focuses on exploring how materials impact system performance/cost and how innovation roadmaps, new technologies and advances in efficiency and lifetime will help to mitigate risk and drive lower levelized cost of electricity (LCOE).  This highly relevant Forum comes at a time where the solar industry is struggling with quality issues that might have been mitigated by material standards enforcement.

Presentation highlights from the half day forum include:

  • Developer Signals within the PV Noise — Chase Weir, Distributed Sun
  • Keynote: What are the Developer’s Needs for the Future — Pablo Otin, Gestamp Solar
  • Cost of Ownership: Criticality of PV Components to Survive and Thrive — Ali Nouri, SunEdison (MEMC Solar Materials)
  • Riding the Roller Coaster to Solar 2.0: The Supplier’s Dilemma — Bruce A. Adams, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.
  • Making Sound Investments from the Inside Out: Why Materials Matter — Eric C. Romano, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
  • On the Ground Reality:  Why Materials Matter to Owners, Operators and Investors — Hugh A. Kuhn, HAK Solar Advisory Services LLC
  • Cell & Module Technology: Insights into Innovation – A Solar Panel Manufacturer’s Perspective — Brian Grenko, Yingli Green Energy Americas
  • Cell & Module Technology: A Photovoltaic Module Roadmap and the DOE SunShot Initiatives — Dr. Douglas Hall, SunShot Initiative, US Department of Energy
  • Mark Thirsk, Managing Partner, Linx Consulting (Moderator)

“The SEMI PV Materials Expert Forum serves as a much needed and timely platform to bring together senior manufacturing and supply chain executives with an informed audience to share perspectives and discuss necessary actions for the creation of timely and consensus-based standards and quality guidelines along the entire value chain," said Karen Savala, president, SEMI Americas. "This is a critical step to harmonize materials and process interactions throughout the manufacturing and deployment process that will contribute to cost reduction and quality/reliability improvements."

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Additional manufacturing and technology focused programs at Intersolar North America include:

  • 4th Annual SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum focuses on addressing shared supply chain challenges and improving customer-supplier relations across the photovoltaic supply chain.  New this year at the SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum is the “Foundation Market Maker” session led by representative experts from residential, commercial and utility scale solar sectors.  This session will explore the present and desired future state of the industry.
  • VDMA delivers fresh content and perspectives at the PV ENERGY WORLD Stage (Thursday, July 11 at Moscone West) on PV production equipment for high-efficiency, organic and printed solar cells, new machine concepts, innovative materials, automation, laser concepts and integration solutions, as well as energy and resource efficiency (organized by SEMI.)

More information about SEMI organized PV sessions at Intersolar North America 2013 is available at:

For complete details on the Intersolar North America 2013 exhibition and conference, visit


Intersolar North America is organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI). SEMI, the global microelectronics industry association, is a co-organizer responsible for the photovoltaic production and raw materials industry segments. In addition, SEMI presents conference sessions on themes relating to technology, manufacturing, equipment and materials with the focus on innovation, efficiency gains and cost reduction.

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. The SEMI PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy supply chain. Our 1,900 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, please visit and

Association Contact

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Phone: 408.943.7988

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