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China PV firm is first to lead establishment of international solar tech standards

SEMI establishment for Trina Solar PV modules is “milestone” in the development of Chinese and International standards

PV firm Trina Solar said the standards aim to ensure greater consistency across the solar industry

A China PV firm has become the first company in the BRIC country to lead the establishment of an international SEMI standard for its PV modules. China firm Trina Solar, a global leader in PV modules, has announced Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International ("SEMI") has approved two standards submitted by the PV firm, which marks a "milestone" in the development of Chinese and International SEMI standards.

The first specification aids in the standardisation of packaging, particularly during the transportation of PV modules. The second specification guarantees minimum quality standards around poly ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Trina Solar said both standards aim to ensure greater consistency across the industry and will help continue to meet growing customer needs for more efficient and environmentally sustainable PV solutions.

James Amano, senior director, International Standards and EHS at SEMI, said: "The establishment of the new standards is a milestone in the development of both Chinese and International SEMI standards. The standards reflect the success of increased global collaboration undertaken in recent years."

The standards are the Specification for Packaging Protection Technology for PV Modules (SEMI PV44-0513) and the Test Method for the Content of Vinyl Acetate (VA) in Ethylene-vinyl Acetate (EVA) Applied in PV Modules Using Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)" (SEMI PV45-0513). Trina Solar is the first PV firm in China to lead the establishment of the SEMI standard.

The solar energy news from Trina Solar follows the PV firm making announcements set to move the global solar power industry forward, including in the UK and South Africa.

The PV firm said it would supply 30MW of PV modules to build large-scale solar parks in South Africa, in January 2013. The solar company also announced its aim to develop more projects in the UK PV sector in March, saying it was bullish on UK solar power prospects.

Wei Zhou, vice president of quality at Trina Solar, said of the latest news: "We are proud to be the first PV firm in China to establish new international SEMI standards. As an industry leader, Trina Solar is committed to contributing to and supporting the scientific development and technological progress of the PV industry. We developed these two standards based on our long industry experience. We believe the standards will help the industry continue to meet growing customer needs for more efficient and environmentally sustainable PV solutions."