SEMI Establishes Global Photovoltaic Initiative, SEMI PV Group

As part of its global photovoltaic initiatives, SEMI has formed the SEMI PV Group to enhance member support in the high-growth PV industry. The organization intends to boost the PV industry through reduced costs, efficient technology transfer, global market development, industry standards, market statistics and other services.

The SEMI PV Group was conceived by leaders in PV manufacturing to address the opportunities and obstacles to bringing low-cost PV technology to the market. The group comprises SEMI members active in PV, the SEMI PV advisory committees, and dedicated staff resources in Europe, North America, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and China.

Currently, SEMI organizes a range of PV-related events, including PV-focused technical events at executive and technical conferences such the Industry Strategy Symposiums (ISS), all SEMICON expositions in Europe, Asia and North America, PV Fab Managers Forums, and executive forums and roundtables held throughout the world.

Additional SEMI services and activities in the PV area include providing market research and statistics programs; supporting public policy initiatives through direct advocacy and coordination with other information groups; offering environmental, health and safety regulatory support; serving as information clearinghouse for PV manufacturing news and information; and facilitating international industry standards that reduce costs and expand business opportunities for SEMI members.

The PV advisory committee is comprised of executives representing major PV regions around the globe, and includes: Karl Hesse, Wacker Chemie; Simon Tsuo, MoTech; Tatsuo Saga, Sharp; Quincy Lin, NeoSolar; Wolfgang Koch, KoSolCo; Hans Autenrieth, Centrotherm; Heiko Moritz, GTSolar; Winfred Hoffmann, Applied Materials/EPIA; Bob Falster, MEMC; Peter Pauli, Meyer & Burger; Yasunori Uchida, JPEA; Heinz Ossenbrink, JRC Ispra; Zhengrong Shi, Suntech Power; Eicke Weber, FhG ISE; and Michio Kondo, AIST.

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