Why a Roadmap for PV?

Why a Roadmap for PV?

By Stephan Raithel, managing director (Berlin), SEMI

What is always needed, will be more and more advanced, and sets the baseline for sustainable success?

Yes, the answer is TECHNOLOGY! Those are just three of the reasons why SEMI established and maintains the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV).  We are just in the first quarter and considerable progress has already been made: the new questionnaire for the upcoming edition was just mailed out, the date and place for the first public release was announced, and most important two industry experts, and SEMI members from Taiwan just agreed to take over the role as co-chairs of the ITRPV working group.

New co-chair Andy Luan Ph.D., director of R&D Division III and Key Customer Product Alignment Program at NSP, a working group member since 2013, is now a co-chair of the ITRPV group. Luan said, “ITRPV has been a valuable tool in aligning the progress of the PV industry.  Steered by an experienced SEMI team, with global industrial input, ITRPV plays an important role as we move toward a future of clean and renewable energy.  As a global PV player, we are glad to join this very important activity. ”

New co-chair Dr. Kirin Wang, senior director of General Technology Development Division of Motech, “As Motech strives to be the leading manufacturer of solar cells, and to provide the best products to the customers, it is critically important for us to stay on top of the technology development up and down the PV supply chain.  ITRPV is important because it provides valuable input for effective allocation of TD resources.”

The next edition will have a key focus on equipment throughput, availability (including uptime and downtime), a stronger perspective on Balance of System (BOS) parameters as well as a more diversified view on different cell types and technologies. With installations increasing rapidly around the globe, the importance of technology in the production of wafers, cells and modules is critically important. While the pressure on margins will remain, PV equipment and material suppliers play an important role in PV advancements. With the addition of the two new co-chairs, there are now seven co-chairs leading the ITRPV group: Taiwan (Motech and NSP), Europe (Hanwha Q-Cells and h.a.l.m. elektronik), China (JA Solar and Canadian Solar) and the U.S. (REC Silicon). In addition, efforts were made to strengthen participation in the working group along the supply chain over the last few months — ensuring accuracy and reliability of the technical parameters. The list of global contributors to the ITRPV — in addition to the co-chairs — includes Applied Materials, BESI, Ducatt, ECN, Fraunhofer IPA, GD Solar, Gintech, Hareon Solar, Helios Electro, Heraeus, Komax Solar, LDK Solar, LONGi Silicon, Meyer Burger, Pillar, PVA TePla, RCT Solutions, RENA, Sonon, Suntech Power, TOTAL New Energy, and Technology K.

The next update of the ITRPV will be officially released and presented on 29 April 2015 in Shanghai, China during the SNEC PV Power Expo 2015. Attendance is free of charge and registration available here. Register now!

If you have any questions about the ITRPV, please contact me at sraithel@semi.org.

March 17, 2015