The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) – a nonprofit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of solar PV fabrication equipment and related raw materials used in PV ingot, wafer, cell and panel manufacturing – says it is expanding its activities in energy storage.
According to the group, much larger opportunities are influencing the development of new energy-storage technologies to meet complex and diverse storage demands, including renewable and decentralized energy production and electric vehicle/transportation infrastructure.
The company says its decision is a result of consultation with many of the association's members. Collectively, PV equipment vendors have extensive expertise and knowledge acquired from designing tools for mass manufacturing across a diverse range of high-tech industries.
This know-how can play a vital role in reducing the cost of energy-storage technologies and products, IPVEA explains. In fact, several of the organization's members – including ABB, Manz, Jonas & Redmann, Oerlikon, Reis Robotics and Applied Materials – are developing tools for energy-storage device production.
IPVEA says that by joining forces with key partners serving the energy-storage industry, the organization will be able to provide new networking opportunities, explore PV and energy-storage market synergies, and open up the association to new members.