SEMI International Standards
Standards New Activity Report Form (SNARF)
Date Prepared: 10/23/2013Revised (if Applicable): 11/10/2017

Document Number: 5661
SNARF for: New Standard: Test Method for Electrical Parameters of Bifacial Solar Module

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

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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.)
Bifacial solar modules are becoming more and more interesting to PV manufacturers as they can generate more power. While traditional solar modules only need sunny side testing to get the performance, bifacial solar modules generate power from the rear side. so it is not enough to perform the flasher test according to current flasher testing method.
Despite the advantage of bifacial modules, there is still no consensus power testing standard in the PV industry. Creation of an industry consensus standard will promote the development of bifacial solar, such as PERC bifacial crystalline solar modules, PERT bifacial crystalline solar modules, and HIT® modules.



b. Estimate effect on industry.
2: Major effect on an industry sector - identify the relevant sector
Sector or Company Information: solar module performance testing, certification and simulator

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

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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:
This document will address to perform the I-V characteristic of bifacial module, double sides light source shall be applied to flash the bifacial sample at both surfaces. The synchronized control system flashes front surface at 1000 W/ m2, and rear surface with 100W/m2 at the same time to get the identical combined I-V data.

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:
Test Method

Miscellaneous (describe below):

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3. Projected Timetable for Completion:

a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 10/01/2013b. 1st Draft by: 06/01/2014
c. (Optional) Informational Ballot by: d. Letter Ballot by: 11/01/2014
e. TC Chapter Approval By:10/01/2015

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4. Liaisons with other Global Technical Committees/TC Chapters/Subcommittees/TFs:
a.
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.)
PV Materials Committee

b. Intercommittee Ballots:
will be issued – identify the recipient global technical committee(s):

Identify the recipient global technical committee(s):
Photovoltaic (PV) - Materials
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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.

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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:
the use of patented technology is NOT required.

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 FORthe use of patented technology or the incorporation of Copyrighted Item(s) is NOT required’: If in the course of developing the Document, it is determined that the use of patented technology or Copyrighted Item(s) is necessary for the Document, the provisions of Regulations § 16 must be followed.

NOTE FORwill incorporate Copyrighted Item’: A copyright release letter must be obtained from the copyright owner prior to publication.

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7. Comments, Special Circumstances:
1.SNARF Extension Date on 2016/07/29, Extension Expires on 2017/10/23
2.SNARF Extension Date on 2017/04/18, Extension Expires on 2018/10/23


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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)
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9. SNARF Approval Dates:
TC Chapter or GCS10/23/2013
Recorded in TC Minutes11/05/2013

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10. SNARF Extension Dates:
TC Chapter Extension Granted on 11/02/2018
Extension Expires on10/23/2019


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