IEEE-SA partners SEMI for a photovoltaic standards workshop at SOLARCON INDIA 2013IEEE-Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a globally recognised standard-setting body within IEEE, is partnering SEMI for a day workshop on the August 02, as part of SOLARCON INDIA 2013. The workshop titled “PV Standards–from materials and manufacturing to systems” will see leading industry practitioners and testing/certification firms sharing latest updates on the most relevant aspects of standards for PV. There will also be discussions on global standards development activities, standards needs specific to India and the need for greater participation by Indian firms in global standards development. According to Bill Ash, Strategic Program Manager, IEEE-SA,” India is a significant market for renewable energy globally with solar/PV as a key component. It is also a market where cutting-edge innovation is happening. This workshop provides a platform for us to interact with industry leaders and researchers here and understand the local needs better, to make our standards’ solutions more relevant to local needs. An aspect of particular significance considering some of the issues faced with the grid in India is fairly unique.”Bettina Weiss, President, SEMI India, said, “We are delighted to partner IEEE Standards Association and IEC for this workshop at SOLARCON India 2013 on a topic of great relevance. With rapid growth in installations in India and with components being sourced from across the world, installers, developers and end users have a direct stake in quality, reliability and performance standards, best practices for reliable installations, component benchmarks and field-performance indicators. Similar issues are important across the PV value chain. SEMI’s International Standards Program focuses on manufacturing standards that enable companies to reduce costs, align technology roadmaps, and ensure connectivity and compatibility besides driving positive growth and economic benefit.