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Structuring standards for the photovoltaic manufacturing industry

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By Win Baylies, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee; Marty Burkhart, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee; Don Cook, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee; Dick Hockett, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee; Matthias Meier, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee; Bettina Weiss, SEMI/PV Group Photovoltaic Standards Committee

The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) International Standards Program has a proven track record of more than 35 years of facilitating standards for high-tech industries, and aims to apply its experience to the emerging PV industry. Unlike other pre-established industries, where standard activities are mainly initiated by mature companies with clear requirements to standards, the PV industry, with its huge number of newly founded companies, is currently focused on ramping up their production lines and stabilizing their production processes. By structuring and utilizing standards requirements, it is possible to focus recourses to the most valuable standards in this critical phase of the fast-growing PV industry. SEMI intends to achieve these goals by proving recommendations for new standards activities, linking experts together to accomplish the deliverables, and speed up the process of standards deployment.

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