SEMI International Standards
Standards New Activity Report Form (SNARF)
Date Prepared: 03/19/2019Revised (if Applicable):

Document Number: 6542
SNARF for: New Standard: Guide for Scrap Judgement of Photovoltaic Modules in Building

Originating Global Technical Committee: Photovoltaic
Originating TC Chapter: China
Task Force (TF) in which work is to be carried out: Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) 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.)
Solar energy is inexhaustible and one of the most important renewable energy resources. Solar power generation is the main force to provide large-scale power supply in the future, which also is the major direction of large-scale development of renewable energy. Solar power generation shifts from ground power station to distributed photovoltaics (PV) and gradually transits to Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) field. At present, the application of photovoltaic modules in building is becoming more and more extensive. The ratio of the amount of discarded PV modules in buildings to that of installed PV modules keeps increasing over time. Photovoltaic modules in building need to meet the photoelectric performance requirements as photovoltaic modules, building material properties requirements as building components and appearance requirements as building envelope. The loss of any dimension performance may lead to the abandonment of modules. So it’s a problems urgent to be solved that how to judge the Scrap of PV modules in building.
Abandon before scrap will result to repeating building, the waste of resources and the increase of cost. No discard after scrap will lead to the decline of power generation performance, the destruction of aesthetic function, the lack of architectural function, etc., and may even cause safety hazards. Scientific and objective scrap judgment can reduce the waste of resources and costs, eliminate potential safety hazards in time, protect the interests of the owners, and provide a basis for recycling enterprises to determine the recovery. Presently, there is no unified international standard for judging scrap of PV modules in building. Therefore, it is starve for studying and formulating the guidelines on the scrap of building PV modules to regulate the market behavior and promote the benign development of the industry.

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

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:
This standard specifies the scope, terms and definitions, technical requirements, and determination rules for the scrap judgement of PV modules in building.
The primary technical content is as follows:
1). Specify the professional terms like scrap judgement.
2). Put forward the technical requirements for scrap judgement of photovoltaic modules in building, including appearance requirements, photoelectric performance requirements and building material property requirements.
3). Determine the rules for photovoltaic modules in building.

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: 03/20/2019b. 1st Draft by: 02/20/2020
c. (Optional) Informational Ballot by: 11/20/2020d. Letter Ballot by: 03/20/2021
e. TC Chapter Approval By:11/20/2021

4. Liaisons with other Global Technical Committees/TC Chapters/Subcommittees/TFs:
List SEMI 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 and scopes as needed.)

b. List any planned Type I Liaisons with external nonprofit organizations (e.g., SDO) that should receive Draft Documents from Standards staff for feedback during this activity and be notified when the Letter Ballot is issued (refer to Procedure Manual 7):

c. Intercommittee Ballots:
will not be issued

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:
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:
the incorporation of Copyrighted Item will NOT be required

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.

7. Comments, Special Circumstances:

8. TC Member Review:
took place between (put dates below ) before approval at the TC Chapter Meeting, or

Member Review Start Date; 2019/4/2
Member Review End Date: 2019/4/16

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. (Refer to Regulations 8.2.1)

9. SNARF Approval Dates:
TC Chapter or GCS04/26/2019
Recorded in TC Minutes


10. SNARF Extension Dates:
TC Chapter Extension Granted on
Extension Expires on

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