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New ITRPV Edition Focuses on Materials and Enabling Technologies


Feb 21, 2013

By Stephan Raithel, Director, SEMI Europe

SEMI will unveil the new edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV) at the Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum (www.pvgroup.org/pvfmf) in Berlin, Germany on March 11, 2013.

The new 2012 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV was enhanced along the supply chain to feature technical parameters from silicon to PV systems. The accuracy and reliability of the technical parameters presented in this year's edition was enhanced by global contributions from leading manufacturers (Bosch Solar, Cel Celis, Hanwha Q.Cells, Hareon Solar, JA Solar, LDK, Motech, MPO Energy, Pillar, PV Silicon, REC Silicon, Schott Solar, Solarworld, Solon, Sunways). The new edition represents the input from more than 15 global PV manufacturers. In addition, new co-chairs from China and the U.S. round out the global coverage of the supply chain from polysilicon to PV systems.

The PV systems analysis was added in the new edition allowing a look into the cost structure (from module, inverter, wiring, mounting and ground) of systems in different countries.

Dr. Markus Fischer, director, R&D Processes of Hanwha Q-Cells, and one of the European co-chairs who has been an integral committee member since the very beginning of the ITRPV efforts, said, "I am glad to see that the plans and efforts to internationalize the ITRPV finally become reality."

Mr. Liu Yong, CTO of JA Solar, and Dr. Guoqiang Xing, CTO of Hareon Solar from China, assumed the position as co-chairs of the ITRPV steering committee. Liu Yong said, "As I am coming from the semiconductor industry, roadmaps and standards are very common and especially useful tools. It was a surprise to me to see that the PV industry players tried such a long time to work independently and did not join such an initiative. JA Solar contributes to the roadmap— we are convinced that the PV industry needs to jointly develop a technical roadmap to determine and control the path of the technology." With the leading manufacturers involved in this initiative, Guoqiang Xing stated, "We can ensure that the described technology trends and forecasts are accurate and represent the real issues in manufacturing. Also, the annual update guarantees self-regulation of the parameters that are published."

Dr. Stein Julsrud, vice president for R&D at REC Silicon and a new ITRPV co-chair, commented, "As a polysilicon supplier, it is very important for us to interact, understand the present and future needs and also receive feedback from our customers. A global initiative like the ITRPV, steered by an experienced industry body as SEMI, should be a very fruitful engagement for everyone. We hope that more silicon suppliers will join this effort for an industry-wide alignment so we can ensure a more cohesive global PV manufacturing supply chain."

The 4th annual edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV will be officially published at the Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum 2013 in Berlin, Germany (10-12 March, www.pvgroup.org/pvfmf). Attendees can register as of now and benefit from the early-bird pricing until 1 March 2013.






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