SEMI’s new PV standard, “SEMI PV23-1011 – Test Method for Mechanical Vibration of c-Si Photovoltaic Modules in Shipping Environment” has been released so that the cost of damages associated with the transportation of modules can be diminished. The standard was mainly authored by the SEMI Taiwan PV Standards Committee and examined by the global SEMI PV Standards Committee.
SEMI noted that since many module manufacturers guarantee a lifetime between 20 to 30 years, tests to certify that the modules can endure environmental conditions before shipment can help decrease the cost to both customers and manufacturers. Therefore, the new standard outlines a common test method to assess the damage to PV modules due to the mechanical vibration of transportation and shipping. The standard is additionally meant to hasten the development of better module protection to be used for transport.
The standard is intended to help PV cell, module and system makers create internationally-accepted test methods for shipping modules in different conditions and environments. Terry Tsao, president of SEMI PV Group Taiwan and Southeast Asia, stated, “It will not only improve the credibility of product and its packaging design, but also effectively reduce unnecessary losses related to defects generated during transportation.”
“By leveraging the SEMI Standards international platform, we bring together industry experts and facilitate their discussion with the global PV community to exchange ideas and work towards developing globally accepted technical standards to move the global PV industry forward efficiently and profitably,” concluded Tsao.