The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
According to SEMI, the 2015 edition of the ITRPV will focus on crystalline silicon based manufacturing issues, including a focus on manufacturing equipment throughput and availability from an uptime and downtime perspective.
Importantly, greater emphasis will be placed on the continued diversified number of solar cell architectures and processing techniques that still prevail, recognition that there remains little consensus on streamlining next-generation crystalline technologies over the next five years.
The next edition of the ITRPV will also have a stronger focus on Balance of System (BOS) parameters, which could suggest greater emphasis in tying together technology developments within separate sectors such as wafers, cells and modules in the future.
SEMI also noted that the 2015 edition was the first time that the report will be created with the support of two new co-chairs from Taiwan – Dr. Andy Luan, Neo Solar Power Corp (NSP) and Dr. Kirin Wang, Motech.
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.”
Dr. Kirin Wang, senior director of general technology development division of Motech, latest co-chair of the ITRPV added: “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 update of the ITRPV will be officially released and presented on 29 April 2015 in Shanghai, China during the SNEC PV Power Expo 2015, followed by a presentation on 11 June 2015 during Intersolar Europe (June 9-12) in Munich, Germany.
A version of the latest publication of the ITRPV is available at www.itrpv.net.