SEMI International Standards
Standards New Activity Report Form (SNARF)
Date Prepared: 02/07/2012Revised (if Applicable): 03/08/2012

Document Number: 5431
SNARF for: New Standard: Test Method for Performance Criteria of Photovoltaic (PV) Wafer, Cell, and Module Package

Originating Global Technical Committee: Photovoltaic
Originating TC Chapter: Taiwan
Task Force (TF) in which work is to be carried out: PV Package Performance Task Force
Note: If a new task force is needed, also submit a task force organization form (TFOF)

1. Rationale:
a. Describe the need or problem addressed by this activity.
(Indicate the customer, what benefits they will receive, and if possible, quantify the impact on the return on investment [ROI] if the Document is implemented.)
The photovoltaic industry, with crystalline silicon as a dominant segment, is expanding rapidly to meet growing renewable energy demands all over the world. Recent failure-rate analysis indicates that a large portion of the accelerated PV module qualification failures are related to the failure of the package itself. That is leading to the loss of cell and module during shipping. Shipping/Packaging damage is always one of the serious problems of the PV failures in the field.

This activity will develop criteria of PV wafer, cell and module package performance. The transportation vehicles will include truck、train、aircraft and shipboard. The wafer/cell/module makers and buyers, or any other party interested, can thus have common standards to refer to when desired. This standard expects also to accelerate the development of PV wafer/cell/module protection design during transportation as well

b. Estimate effect on industry.
2: Major effect on an industry sector - identify the relevant sector
Sector or Company Information:

c. Estimate technical difficulty of the activity.
II: Some Difficulty - Disagreements on known requirements exist but developing consensus is possible

2. Scope:
a: Describe the technical areas to be covered or addressed by this Document development activity. For Subordinate Standards, list common concepts or criteria that the Subordinate Standard inherits from the Primary Standard, as well as differences from the Primary Standard:
The proposed standard aims to develop criteria so that the PV industry could benefit from using a common and baseline specification.

The new standard will specify:
Basic vibration test system requirements
Vibration test method and measurement instruction
PV wafer, cell and module package protect requirement
Performance criteria of all packaging previously not defined in the industry

This standard will not:
Specify the orientation of the wafer/cell /module in the package.

b: Expected result of activity
New Standard or Safety Guideline (including replacement of an existing Standard or Safety Guideline)

For a new Subordinate Standard, identify the Primary Standard here:

For Standards, identify the Standard Subtype below:

Miscellaneous (describe below):

3. Projected Timetable for Completion:

a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 03/01/2012b. 1st Draft by: 03/01/2013
c. (Optional) Informational Ballot by: 04/01/2013d. Letter Ballot by: 04/01/2013
e. TC Chapter Approval By:03/08/2012

4. Liaisons with other Global Technical Committees/TC Chapters/Subcommittees/TFs:
List global technical committees, TC Chapters, subcommittees, or task forces in your or other Regions/Locales that should be kept informed regarding the progress of this activity. (Refer to SEMI Standards organization charts and global technical committee charters as needed.)
Japan PV Materials Committee / Europe PV Automation Committee / Japan PV Automation Committee

b. Intercommittee Ballots:

Identify the recipient global technical committee(s):

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

NOTE FOR "to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is NOT technically sound and complete - Refer to Section 15.1 of the Regulations for special procedures to be followed.

NOTE FOR "NOT to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is still technically sound and complete.

6. Intellectual Property Considerations:
a. For a new Standard or Safety Guideline and for any part to be modified or added in a Revision of published Standards and Safety Guidelines:

If "patented technology is intended to be included in the proposed Standard(s) or Safety Guideline(s) " is selected above, then also check one:

b. For Revision, Reapproval, Reinstatement, or Withdrawal of existing Standard(s) and Safety Guideline(s):

c. The body of the Document and any Appendices, Complementary Files, Related Information sections, or Various Materials that may or may not be a part of the Document by reference:

NOTE FOR "the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required": If in the course of developing the document, it is determined that patented technology or copyrighted item(s) must be used to comply with the standard or safety guideline, the provisions of Section 16 of the Regulations must be followed.)

NOTE FOR "will include reproduced copyrighted material": A copyright release letter must be obtained from the copyright owner.

7. Comments, Special Circumstances:

8. TC Member Review:

Member Review Start Date; None.
Member Review End Date: None.

NOTE FOR ‘TC Member Review’ is required by the Regulations for a period of at least two weeks
before approval of a new, or a major revision of an existing, Standard or Safety Guideline. (See Regulations 8.2.1)
9.. SNARF Approval Dates:
TC Chapter or GCS03/08/2012
Recorded in TC Minutes03/08/2012
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