Guideline for Manufacturing Consistency: Task Group 1

Task Group 1 is focused on photovoltaic (PV) quality assurance guidelines to improve manufacturing consistency.

Task group 1 is developing a guideline that could be used as a base document for a new IEC standard for PV. The guideline is focused on PV manufacturing processes and procedures aiming to ensure manufacturing quality and the consistency of the produced PV modules to the warranties given by the producer. The ISO 9001-2008 standard is considered a starting point for drafting the guideline and an ISO-like structure must be reflected in the guideline.

Progress Update

A first draft has been completed and submitted to IEC Technical Committee 82, Working Group 2, as a Committee Draft. ("Related Resources" (below) gives an indication of the types of changes that are envisioned). A more recent summary of the work was presented at the 40th IEEE PVSC in June 2014 (see below). The IEC has formed IECRE to define a process for certifying PV systems to ensure appropriate component quality and appropriate system design, installation, and operation. IECRE is now defining the rules and committees that will guide the work toward the broader goal of ensuring quality of PV systems, see the description of the work of Task Group 11. As a small part of the effort IECRE will work with IEC Technical Committee 82 to implement the draft standard described below as a part of ensuring quality of PV systems. The community is encouraged to begin using the draft now and to provide feedback to either PVQAT or to the IEC Standards Committee.

Related Resources

Proposal for a Guide for Quality Management Systems for PV Manufacturing: Supplemental Requirements to ISO 9001-2008 —This technical specification provides a guideline for PV module manufacturers to produce modules that, once the design has proven to meet the quality and reliability requirements, replicate such design at an industrial scale without compromising its consistency with the requirements.

The PVSC paper is available as part of the IEEE PVSC proceedings: "Requirements for Quality Management System for PV Module Manufacturing" by Yoshihito Eguchi, Govind Ramu, Sumanth V Lokanath, Masaaki Yamamichi, Sarah Kurtz, John Wohlgemuth, Eiji Yamada, Michio Kondo.

Task Leaders

Ivan Sinicco — Tokyo Electron, representing Europe
Yoshihito Eguchi — Mitsui, representing Japan and leading the IEC work
Gunnar Brueggemann — Tokyo Electron, representing Europe
Govind Ramu — SunPower, representing the Americas and leading regular teleconferences
Zhou Wei — Trina Solar, representing China

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Supporting Organizations

United States Department of Energy (DOE)
European Commission DG JRC
SEMI PV Group

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