The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent nonprofit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic fabrication equipment and related raw materials, has developed the PV Matrix, a new solar supply-chain tool.
The IPVEA Matrix illustrates and links the complete PV value chain, IPVEA says. Located at www.matrix.ipvea.org, the tool is designed to provide a central source of information in order to connect solar market participants.
The PV Matrix separates solar technology into four main segments: silicon, organic, research and development, and installation and power generation. Each segment expands to show categories within that technology. From there, each subsection further breaks down. According to IPVEA, this organization simplifies technology and allows visitors to find specific information and locate key suppliers. Visitors and suppliers can both work and interact with other companies.