SEMI International Standards
SEMI New Activity Report Form (SNARF)



Activity Number: 4801
SNARF for: New Standard: Guide For Testing PV Connector Ribbon Characteristics


Originating Global Technical Committee: Photovoltaic
Originating Technical Committee Region: Europe
Task Force in which work is to be carried out: PV Ribbon Task Force


1. Rationale: There are several ribbon manufacturing companies serving the PV industry. All these companies manufacture ribbons according customer specifications but use different test methods to characterize ribbon properties. This guide will allow that ribbons manufactured by company (A) have the same properties as compared to ribbons manufactured by Company (B).
Rate the Estimated Effect on the Industry
3: Major effect on a few companies - identify the relevant companies

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 guide will describe the test methods for PV connector ribbon properties. PV ribbon manufacturers, PV module manufacturer and stringer equipment manufacturers will be impacted by this activity

b: Expected result of activity
New Standard

3. Projected Timetable for Completion:
a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 08/01/2009b. 1st Draft by: 11/01/2009
c. Preballot by: d. Technical Ballot by: 04/01/2010
e. Committee Approval By:04/01/2010




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 March 23, 2011