German engineering association VDMA is to take over the coordination of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) from global semiconductor association, SEMI.
The roadmap offers an annual snapshot of current trends and challenges in crystalline silicon cell and module manufacturing, covering all aspects of the value chain.
VDMA has already supported SEMI in producing the ITRPV, and works with SEMI on its book-to-bill reports, which offer insights into the PV manufacturing equipment market.
The association said its primary focus in taking on the ITRPV would be on identifying potential for further cost reductions through improved materials, new production processes and the transitions towards high-efficiency concepts.
“We have supported SEMI’s road-mapping activities already for the last few years and we can continue our work on an excellent basis. The key to success for long-term competitiveness of photovoltaics lies in consistent technological development. We are convinced that ITRPV is a valuable contribution here,” said Florian Wessendorf, managing director of VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment.
Stephan Raithel, managing director of SEMI Europe, added: “We are glad to have found an association that will ensure a professional continuation of this activity. We are sure that the initiative we have started is useful and that the photovoltaics industry needs an independent technology roadmap.”