IPVEA and EU PVSEC's PV Production Forum 2010 to Provide Educational & Networking Opportunities

"PV Production Forum 2010" will take place at the 25th EU PVSEC and 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-5) on September 7, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.

ORLANDO, FL ― August 2010 ― The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials, has joined with the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) to present the "PV Production Forum 2010" for photovoltaic manufacturing technologies at the 25th EU PVSEC and 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-5) on September 7, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.

The one-day forum will take place from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and will consist of three sessions: Market, Silicon and Thin Film. Experts from within key companies will address best practices and case studies that can provide PV production management, purchasing staff and product managers with ways to increase throughput and efficiency, and to save money in production fabs. A breakdown of presentations in each session follows.

The first tract of the conference is the Market Session, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Salon de Actos/Foro Norte. During this session, several advanced discussions will be presented, including "Fully Integrated and Highly Automatic ― Technology Processes in One of the Most Modern Solar Factories in the World" by Dr. Karl Heinz Küsters, Head of Technology of Conergy. Peter Pauli, CEO of Meyer Burger, will present "Technology Development on Wafer-Cell-Module-Lines to reach lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCoO)". Additionally, "PV Manufacturing Equipment ― A Current Overview and Future Opportunities" will be presented by Mark Watson, Senior Research Analyst at IMS Research. A 30-minute break from 10-10:30 a.m. will allow attendees to network, ask questions, etc.

Following the break, Dr. Klaus Eberhardt, Technology Manager Photovoltaics for Global Technology Services, M+W Germany, will present "Large Scale PV Manufacturing ― Advanced Design and Automation Concepts to Reduce Overall CoO (Cost of Ownership)". Next, "A Roadmap towards Grid Parity Using Integrated Automation Concepts for Large Scale PV Factories" will be given by Dr. Roland Schreieck, Business Development Solar of Siemens. In the last presentation of the Market Session, Elisabeth Schaertl, Manager Sales Asia of KUKA Systems, will present "PV Equipment ― Market and Development."

Immediately following lunch, the Silicon Session will begin and will take place from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sala Ausias March/Exhibition Area. Presentations during this tract include the following: "Power Solutions for a Stable and Efficient Poly-Silicon Deposition Process," by Gladwyn De Vidts, VP Power Control Solutions Division at AEG Power Solutions. Next, Patrick Binkowska, Head of Business Unit Photovoltaics for Singulus Technologies, will present "Modern Production Technology for Silicon Solar Cells." "Diamond Wire for PV Applications ― Bricking, Squaring and Wafering" by Brian Larabee, VP Sales and Marketing at Diamond Materials Tech, will follow.

A short break will be provided from 3-3:15 p.m. and the Silicon Session will resume with "Crystalline Module Fab: Higher Yield with Improved Process Control" by Claudio Meisser, CTO of Komax. "Laser Technology for Manufacturing PV Cells and Modules" will be given by Richard Hendel, International Sales Manager of ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech. Next, Steffen Gunther, Sales Manager Solar of Reis Robotics, will present "Automation as a Key Success Factor for PV Manufacturing.

Following another break from 4:45-5 p.m., Roger Little, CEO of Spire, will present "Advanced Metrology Solutions for High-Volume Module Production." Karsten Busch, Industry Segment Manager Solar PV at ABB Automation, will finish the session with the presentation "Latest Robot Applications for High-End Automated Backend Module Manufacturing."

Held simultaneously, the Thin Film Session will take place from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sala Joaquin Rodrigo/Exhibition Area. Presentations during this tract include "Advancements in Nanocrystal PV Manufacturing" by Dr. Damode Reddy, CEO of Solexant; "In-line Metrology for Thin-Film PV Production" by Dr. Stefan Gritsch, Product Manager, and Dr. Schenk of Industriemesstechnik; and "ALD Production Systems for Manufacturing of CIGS and Enhanced Efficiency c-Si Solar Cells" by Jarmo Skarp, Application Manager Photovoltaics at Beneq Oy.

A 15-minute break from 3-3:15 p.m. will be provided and the Thin Film Session will begin again with "High Reliability of Conductive Adhesives for Thin-Film Interconnects" by Rich Wells, CTO of Engineered Conductive Materials LLC. Next, Dr. Marc Hueske, Vice President of LPKF SolarQuipment, will present "Next Generation Thin-Film Scribing Equipment." Following, "Efficiency Improvements and Shorter Return on Investment on Thin Film PV Modules" will be given by Dr. Thomas Umschlag, Head of Sales -Thin Film Solar at Manz Automation.

Attendees will be given another short break from 4:45-5 p.m. and presentations pick back up with "Is the Backend a Bottleneck?" by Hendrikus Salemink, Product Manager Photovoltaics of Schiller Automation. The session will end with "Industrial Sputtering ― Improvements in Productivity and Control for Transparent Conductive Oxides" by Victor Bellido-Gonzalez, R&D Manager at GENCOA.

To attend the Conference, please use the convenient Online Registration Form or complete the Registration Form and return it by e-mail or fax to the address indicated on top of the form.


About International PV Equipment Association
Founded in May 2008, the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) is an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials used in PV ingot, wafer, cell (crystalline and thin-film), and panel manufacturing.

The overall mission of the association is to provide members with a forum for information, discussion and exchange of ideas, as well as ways to develop business opportunities and strategic partnerships.
The association is the unified voice of the manufacturing segment of the PV industry. As such, the association evaluates and recommends exhibitions, conferences, sales channels and methods of communications that can be effective for its member companies. For more information, visit www.ipvea.org.

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