U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Announces Lineup of Expert Presentations and Workshops at Intersolar 2012

June 18, 2012 — Albany, NY

Leaders and technologists from the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), an industry-led national collaboration headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany in New York that is designed to accelerate next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, will address the importance of a collaborative supply chain in the U.S. and highlight leading-edge research during a series of appearances at Intersolar North America 2012, being held July 9-12 in San Francisco, CA.

Presentations and PVMC-hosted workshops will address PVMC's role in accelerating the development of advanced solar PV-related manufacturing processes and helping the U.S. PV industry meet the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative goal of reducing the total installed cost of solar energy systems by 75 percent over the next decade.

The media is invited to attend the following events:

Monday, July 9, at 4:55 p.m.

Presentation: "Manufacturer Responses – Outlook for 2012/2013 from the Nexus of the Supply Chain"
Session: Third Annual SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum
Speaker: Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy, and Chief Operating and Technology Officer of PVMC
Location: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: PVMC c-Si Feedstock/Wafering Workshop
Summary: Industry experts will discuss new wafering methodologies, energy consumption in polysilicon production, ingot growing/brick casting production processes, silicon feedstock and wafering standards development, and related topics.
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Advanced Module Design Workshop
Summary: This interactive workshop will engage industry participants in defining and ranking the challenges associated with implementing advanced photovoltaic module and power electronic designs.
Location: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: U.S. CIGS PV Roadmap Forum
Summary: Sponsored by the PVMC and hosted by SEMI PV Group, this event will share the vision and expectations for producing the first national CIGS PV Roadmap.
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Thursday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presentation: "Global PV R&D Research"
Session: PV R&D Research Consortia - Global Insights and Activities
Speaker: Ross Goodman CNSE Assistant Vice President, Business Development and Economic Outreach
Location: PV Production and Technology Stage, North Hall, Intersolar North America

Thursday, July 12, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: PVMC c-Si Metrology Workshop
Summary: Industry experts will discuss a wide range of challenges and opportunities associated with c-Si PV metrology.
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Created as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot initiative and led by SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, PVMC is bringing together the solar community – including industry, academia, and government – to accelerate the development, commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film technologies. In partnership with the University of Central Florida, PVMC is also conducting additional R&D in crystalline silicon (c-Si) metrology and wafering methodologies.

Through its collaborative programs and advanced manufacturing development facilities, PVMC is a proving ground for innovative solar technologies and manufacturing processes. Its goal is to increase the performance and speed the implementation of PV technologies, while driving down costs.

Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco's Moscone Center West Hall. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America, focusing on photovoltaics and solar thermal technology.