Solar, Storage

EU c-Si firms gather under SEMI’s PV banner

Eight European crystalline-silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturers have formed a new group to collectively address some of the PV industry’s technology challenges.

March 26, 2010 – Eight European crystalline-silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturers have formed a new group to collectively address some of the PV industry’s technology challenges.

Top priority of the European Crystalline Cell Technology and Manufacturing Group (“CTM Group”) formed at the Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum held earlier this month (March 7-9, in Berlin), will be to define development processes for raw materials, cell technology, and cell manufacturing, in order to improve efficiency and quality, reduce costs, and optimize the manufacturing supply chain — thus strengthening European competitiveness in the global industry. A c-Si solar-cell technology roadmap has been established out to the year 2020, describing development of crystalline solar cell technology with focus on materials, manufacturing processes, and product development.

The group apparently is “bundled” within the structure of SEMI’s PV Group in what is being called “a pre-competitive environment.” Founding members include Q-Cells, Deutsche Cell, Bosch Solar Energy, Schott Solar, Sovello, Sunways, SolarWatt/Systaic Cells, and Solland.

Several executives quoted in the group’s announcement cited the need to collaborate for both individual and regional success:

  • “Tackling the challenges of the very dynamic PV market can best be managed by a close collaboration among the CTM Group members and by bundling the activities of the CTM Group within SEMI.” Gerrit Sames, COO, Schott Solar
  • “This collaboration will help to strengthen the global competitiveness of Q-Cells and the other crystalline solar cell manufacturers with regard to high-quality and cost-effective solar cells.” Gerhard Rauter, member of the executive board, Q-Cells SE
  • “The combined efforts of the CTM Group solar cell manufacturers will underscore the leadership in innovation and quality and is the basis for further leapfrogging technological solutions to the benefit of the entire sector and especially the customers.” Klaus Kubitz, GM, Deutsche Cell GmbH