Global Capital Expenditure in PV to Rise Again

Global Capital Expenditure in PV to Rise Again

By Stephan Raithel, Director PV Europe

SEMI’s company mission is “to advance industry growth, support continuous efficiency improvements and promote sustainable business practices through international standards development, events, public policy advocacy, EHS support, market intelligence, and other services”. We support each individual stakeholder in the PV manufacturing supply chain in their quest to identify the needs of advanced PV manufacturing and work together as an industry to tackle obstacles and be prepared for the next investment cycle.

According to various market forecasts (IHS Solar, NPD Solarbuzz, Deutsche Bank) and PV industry associations there are clear signals that global scale installations will increase by double digits and investment in new equipment will start in early 2015.

One key element for any stakeholder to understand the needs of advanced manufacturing is the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV). The fifth and latest edition will be presented and released at the annual technology event SEMI PV Fab Managers Forum (, organized by SEMI, and held for the first time in Shanghai, China on March 17-18.

The new edition focuses on advanced solar manufacturing and represents the input from a record 24 global PV suppliers and manufacturers. The global contributors are Applied Materials, BESI, ECN, Fraunhofer IPA, GD Solar, Gintech, h.a.l.m., Hanwha Q-Cells, Hareon, Heraeus, imec, JA Solar, Komax, LDK, LONGi Silicon, Motech, NSP, Pillar, REC Silicon, RCT, RENA, Solon, Suntech, and Technology K.

For the first time, the ITRPV also includes contributions from equipment and materials suppliers as well as research institutes. Dr. Guoqiang Xing, CTO of Hareon Solar, commented, "The ITRPV needs to be a guiding document to enrich discussions among suppliers and manufacturers. Therefore, it is important to open the ITRPV process to include industry suppliers so that the ITRPV results will be more precise and discussions along the supply chain can be held concurrently with the data collection process." 

Mr. LiuYong, COO, JA Solar, stated, "JA Solar joined the ITRPV activities as one of the first leading Chinese manufacturers. From the beginning, it was our vision to help create an industry-wide accepted roadmap. Now, with over 20 contributing companies, it seems we have made a big step towards this vision. I hope that even more companies will join in the coming years."

In addition to the release of the new ITRPV, the SEMI Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum 2014 offers these programs: PV Market and Manufacturing Technology Outlook, Cost Reduction Potentials in Cell and Module Manufacturing, Efficiency Increase Potentials in Cell and Module Manufacturing, and more.  Speakers include representatives from GDsolar, Hareon Solar, Hanwha Q-Cells, Heraeus Precious Metals, IHS Solar, JA Solar, LONGi Silicon, SEMI, VDMA, and Yingli Green Energy Holding.

Attendees can register now and benefit from the early-bird pricing until February 28. For more information about agenda, registration and venue, visit

For more information about the ITRPV, visit


SEMI, The Grid – February 2014