23 January 2012
Solar Engineering and Manufacturing Association (SEMA) and Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announce the finalised program for the Solar Manufacturing & Reliability Conference, which will take place on 22-23 March 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.
The program will consist of presentations and discussions focusing on the reliability testing of photovoltaic (PV) modules, covering gaps and areas where future work needs to be done. It will highlight various reliability programs being performed in the industry with an assessment of current and evolving standards in manufacturing and reliability. This includes the work of the PV Module QA Forum Task Force groups that will submit their recommendations to the various International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and other international standards groups.
Sessions will cover inverter and microinverter reliability and balance of systems (BOS), as well as future trends. Module manufacturing and general manufacturing issues will be discussed together with a review of the global solar outlook. Areas of concern will be discussed for modules, which include general module hazardous issues and module warranties.
In addition to the conference, two half-day workshops, "A Review of PV Standards Including UL1703 and IEC61215" and "Manufacturing Technology and Troubleshooting PV Manufacturing" are scheduled for Wednesday, 21 March.
A two-day exhibition will accompany the conference on 22-23 March 2012. Exhibitor booth registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available.
The conference is supported by the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA).