SEMI - The Grid, April 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Earnings Call Roundup, U.S. Edition: First Solar, SunPower, and SolarCity

SEMI PV Advanced Manufacturing Forum at Intersolar North America

Workshop on the Assessment of Defects in PV Modules

NREL Releases "Qualification Plus" Testing Protocol

International PV Quality Assurance Task Force Forms PV System Issues Task Group

Are We Headed for a Solar Supply Crunch in 2014?




CALENDAR

June 5, 2014
Workshop on the Assessment of Defects in PV Modules

June 4-6, 2014
Intersolar Europe 2014

July 7, 2014
SEMI PV Advanced Manufacturing Forum

July 8-10, 2014
Intersolar North America 2014


PARTNER EVENTS

August 26-28, 2014
Intersolar South America

November 18-20, 2014
Intersolar India



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Worldwide PV Manufacturing Equipment Book-to-Bill Ratio 0.61
By Dr. Dan Tracy, Sr. Director, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI

Dan Tracy This month, SEMI reported that for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, worldwide photovoltaic manufacturing equipment book-to-bill ratio remained below parity, at 0.61, for the eleventh consecutive quarter. Bookings levels improved some in the quarter to reach the highest value since the first quarter of 2012.

Worldwide bookings, which represent net new orders for PV manufacturing equipment, improved 112 percent in Q4'13 compared to the previous quarter and were up 6 percent year-over-year. Worldwide billings improved 112 percent in Q4'13 versus Q3'13, but declined 14 percent on a year-over-year basis. (More...)



Earnings Call Roundup, U.S. Edition: First Solar, SunPower, and SolarCity
By Ed Cahill, Lux Research
While prominent Chinese solar companies are following up strong Q4 2013 earnings with capacity expansions, American solar companies are responding with different tactics.

SEMI PV Advanced Manufacturing Forum at Intersolar North America
By Lin Tso, SEMI Americas
Presentations from executive perspectives and top tier equipment and module manufacturers, and interactive discussions will highlight recent and future breakthrough PV innovations and technologies to enable greater efficiencies, higher performance and lower costs.

Workshop on the Assessment of Defects in PV Modules
By Stephan Raithel, SEMI Europe
Workshop targets the assessment of defects in modules and their potential impact on the long-term performance to help characterize module defects and to develop methods to eliminate them.

NREL Releases "Qualification Plus" Testing Protocol
By Sarah Kurtz, NREL
The protocol also requires random sampling from a production line, testing of a larger number of samples, and an ongoing program to ensure continued control of the manufacturing process.

International PV Quality Assurance Task Force Forms PV System Issues Task Group
By Sarah Kurtz, NREL
The International PV Quality Assurance Task Force is forming an 11th task group to focus on PV system issues.

Are We Headed for a Solar Supply Crunch in 2014?
By Shyam Mehta, GTM Research
Do recent capacity expansion announcements signal a turning point in solar supply-demand dynamics for 2014?


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