Recently, the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) released an article announcing the publication of a white paper prepared by its SEMI PV Group. This group supports SEMI members "serving the crystalline and thin film photovoltaic (PV) supply chains." In describing the "Perfect Industry," the paper rightly looks to standards (along with materials and process innovation and productivity improvements) as a means for accelerated cost reductions, identifies efffective international standards as a requirement for enabling innovation, and cites how standards contribute to economic growth and competitiveness.
SEMI is to be commended for their vision of how standards bring benefit to an industry. With an official working relationship with IEC TC 113 already in place, the SEMI PV group should work with TC 113 Working Group 3 to develop international performance assessment standards for their industry.