Promising potential for PV manufacturing in India @ SOLARCON India 2009

SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) India, aleading global PV industry association, in association with IntersolarIndia and partner organizations India Semiconductor Association (ISA)and Fab City, organizing SOLARCON India 2009, the largest showcase forSolar/PV space in India, today held an interactive panel discussiontitled, ”Rising opportunities for Solar/PV in India”.

Eminentprofessionals like Sankar Rao, Managing Director, Titan Energy Systems,SSN Prasad, Vice-president, Solar Semiconductors, Seshagiri Rao, IndiaManager, Sales, Oerlikon and Sathya Prasad, President, SEMI India wereon the panel with BP Acharya, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director ofAndhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corp. (APIIC), chairing it.

Thesession held as part of an overall initiative to raise awareness of theopportunity in the solar/PV space addressed wide ranging topics frommarket potential for PV in India and the current state of PVmanufacturing in India to how India can become a major player in theglobal solar/PV arena.

Setting the context, Sathya Prasad,President, SEMI India, stressed the role & importance ofmanufacturing in PV in India. He said: ‘India has been seeing a sharprise in PV manufacturing. Aggressive targets are being set forinstalled PV generation capacity to the tune of 20GW by the year 2020.While there are challenges, the country has the advantage of being anestablished, high quality, low cost manufacturing base.”

SankarRao, Managing Director, Titan Energy Systems, said: ”The global PVsegment has been growing at 30 percent annually for the last fiveyears. India has been making significant progress as a player inphotovoltaic modules and panel manufacturing units and stands a goodchance of emerging as a global leader in solar PV technology.”

Accordingto SSN Prasad, Vice-president, Solar Semiconductors: “Apart fromoff-grid applications such as home lighting, grid connected solar/PVfarms are increasingly becoming attractive in India and will help solvethe growing gap between energy supply and demand. This, coupled withadoption of new technology will drive growth of the Indian solar/PVspace exponentially. We also expect more players to enter the industryin the near term enticed by the market opportunity.”

In hisremarks, Seshagiri Rao, India Sales Manager, Oerlikon, stated:“Shortage of solar grade feedstock to grow wafers till 2008 hasstimulated renewed interest in thin-film technologies and in particularamorphous silicon and microcrystalline.

“Reduction in thecost of the modules is becoming possible through increasing stabilizedefficiencies and deposition rates of the materials. Currentimprovements in both product and manufacturing process technologieswill see per module price at retail level dropping to Rs.50 by end of2010. Anticipating similar cost reductions in BOS spectrum, dropping oftotal system cost to sub Rs. 100 levels by end of 2011 is also areality.”


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