SEMI International Standards Committee Express Report

Standards Region: North America
Committee: Photovoltaic
Place of Meeting: Sheraton-San Jose, Milpitas, CA
Date of Meeting: 04/01/2009
Recording SEMI Standards Staff: Kevin Nguyen
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Leadership Changes in the Committee
There was no changes in leadership.

Technical Ballot Actions

Document Title
Committee Action
A&R Forms for Approved Ballots
4674Line Items Revision to SEMI PV1-0309 - Test Method For Measuring Trace Elements In Photovoltaic-Grade Silicon By High-Mass Resolution Glow Discharge Mass SpectrometrySee Below
Line Item 1Change the word in the title from PHOTOVOLTAIC-GRADE SILICON to SILICON FEEDSTOCK FOR SILICON SOLAR CELLSPassed as balloted
Line Item 2Delete “PV” in Sections 1.2, 2.1, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5, 2.6.6, 2.6.7, 2.6.8, and 3.3.Passed with editorial changes
Line Item 3Change “photovoltaic-grade (PV) silicon” to “silicon feedstock” in Section 1.1, and “PV silicon” to “silicon feedstock” in Sections 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, title of Table 1 and in the Note of Table 1.Passed as balloted
Line Item 4Delete “such as PV silicon feedstock” in 1.3Passed with editorial changes
Line Item 5Change “PV Si Feedstock or Solar Grade Silicon” to “Si Feedstock” in 5.2.2Passed as balloted
Line Item 6Change “PV silicon, solar grade silicon, high purity” to “Silicon solar cells” in 18.1Passed as balloted
New Task Force Activities
Two new SNARFs were approved:
  1. Doc. 4738, New Standard: Test Methods for Minority Carrier Lifetime in Silicon Wafers and Ingots
  2. Revision of SEMI MF1535-0707 - Test Method for Carrier Recombination Lifetime in Silicon Wafers by Noncontact Measurement of Photoconductivity Decay by Microwave Reflectance

Technical Ballots Expected for Review at the Next Committee Meeting

Special Announcements of the Committee (Workshops, Programs, etc.)
SEMI, Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (ABCs), Arizona State University (ASU), and Department of Energey (DOE) are organizing a workshop on Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic Cells – Supply Chain Prequalification Specifications at Polytechnic Campus in May 13, Mesa, Arizona. This workshop will also include tours at ASU-TUV Rheinland and AAPS STAR PV testing facilities. This whole day workshop is free. For registration and further information, please visit us.

Standards Technology Group (STG) and SEMI are organizing a course on SEMI PV Standards - Equipment Performance and Communications during Intersolar America, July 14-16 in San Francisco. This course is being planned for Tuesday, July 15. For the latest details and agenda, please visit - STG main site - Intersolar America - SEMICON West

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