SEMI International Standards
SEMI New Activity Report Form (SNARF)



Activity Number: 5384
SNARF for: New Standard: Specification for Package protection technology for PV Modules


Originating Global Technical Committee: Photovoltaic
Originating Technical Committee Region: China
Task Force in which work is to be carried out: Crystalline Silicon PV Module Task Force


1. Rationale: With the photovoltaic industry growing rapidly, major PV companies, research institutions, and universities are committed to improve module quality by optimization of production processes.
Packaging plays a critical role in the successful transport of modules from manufacturer to customer. Quality packaging protects module quality during transport, reducing the risk of damage. While standards currently exist for packages, there is no industry-consensus PV modules packaging standard.
By establishing a standardized technical specification for PV module packaging, we can ensure the safety and reliability of PV modules in storage and transportation.

Rate the Estimated Effect on the Industry
2: Major effect on an industry sector - identify the relevant sector

Rate the Estimated Technical Difficulty of the Activity
II: Some Difficulty - Disagreements on known requirements exist but developing consensus is possible

2. Scope:
a: Define the areas to be covered or addressed by this activity or document:
This Standard prescribes terms and definitions, test methods and inspection rules of the package for PV modules.
In order to test the reliability of package, need to test the PV module’s performance, the main test items include: Visual Inspection, cracked test, Maximum power test, etc.


b: Expected result of activity
New Standard

3. Projected Timetable for Completion:
a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 01/20/2012b. 1st Draft by: 09/01/2012
c. Preballot by: d. Technical Ballot by: 03/30/2013
e. Committee Approval By:08/01/2013




Safety Considerations:
The resulting document is expected NOT to be a Safety Guideline


Intellectual Property Considerations:
a. In complying with the standard or safety guideline to be developed, the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required
b. The body of the standard and any appendices or related information sections will NOT include copyrighted material

Comments, Special Circumstances: None.

Approval: Activity approved by Committee/GCS on February 6, 2012