Just Released: New Edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV)

Just Released: New Edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV)

Companies and research institutes from Europe, the U.S., China and Taiwan contribute to PV roadmap

The latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), a SEMI initiative, was released at the annual technology event PV Fab Managers Forum (www.semi.org/pvfmf), which was held for the first time in Shanghai on March 17-18. The new edition focuses on advanced solar manufacturing and represents the input from a record 29 global PV suppliers, manufacturers and institutes. For the first time, the ITRPV also includes contributions from equipment and materials suppliers as well as research institutes.

The global contributors are Applied Materials, BE Semiconductor Industries (BESI), Ducatt, ECN Solar Energy, Fraunhofer IPA, GD Solar, Gintech Energy Corporation, h.a.l.m. elektronik, Hanwha Q-Cells, Hareon Solar, Helios Electro, Heraeus Precious Metals, imec, JA Solar, Komax Solar, LDK Solar, LONGi Silicon, Meyer Burger, Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power, Pillar, PVA TePla, RCT Solutions, REC Silicon, RENA, Solon, Suntech Power, TOTAL New Energy and Technology K.

The new ITRPV edition focuses on:

  • Materials (e.g. n-type, p-type, mono-like vs. high-performing mc-Si)
  • Technologies that enable new products such as glass-to-glass modules, bi-facial modules
  • Printing and plating trends and technologies
  • Cell concepts and efficiencies in mass manufacturing

The new ITRPV is supported by the industry, including:

  • 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."
  • 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." 

 For information on PV (including the roadmap) at SEMI, visit www.semi.org/pv.  A PDF of the new roadmap is also available to download at www.itrpv.net/Reports/Downloads/.

Upcoming PV events include Intersolar Europe (June 4-6), Intersolar North America (July 8-10), and PV Taiwan (October 22-24).

April 1, 2014