SEMI establishes global photovoltaic initiative

Solar Daily: SEMI has announced details of the association’s global photovoltaic (PV) initiatives, including the formation of the SEMI PV Group to enhance member support in this critically important and high growth area.

With technologies and industry structure similar to the semiconductor industry — and with 20% of SEMI members currently active in PV, including the industry’s largest equipment and materials suppliers — SEMI is uniquely positioned to support the PV industry growth through reduced costs, efficient technology transfer, global market development, industry standards, market statistics, and other service.

While recent estimates project the global photovoltaic (PV) market to grow from US$13 billion today to over $40 billion in 2012, the PV industry is dependent upon continued technological development, cost reduction, responsible public policies, and industry collaboration for continued long term growth. Given the significant growth opportunities for SEMI members, and enormous societal benefits to rapid adoption of solar energy, SEMI has been rapidly escalating services to members in the PV industry for several years.

To expand these services, the SEMI PV Group was conceived by leaders in photovoltaic manufacturing to address the opportunities and obstacles to bringing low-cost PV technology and sustainable, clean energy to the world. As the only global industry group focused on PV materials, equipment, and manufacturing, SEMI believes it can play a critical role in the cost reduction and rapid expansion of solar energy…


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