2nd North American PV Fab Managers Forum


  Corporate Sponsor


July 11, 2011
InterContinental San Francisco (InterContinental Ballroom B - Level 5)

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Case, Industry Consultant, Solid State Solutions


This year’s North American PV Fab Managers Forum explores opportunities and challenges in thin film manufacturing. You will hear perspectives from CIGS and CdTe manufacturers, as well as equipment and materials suppliers on cost drivers, supply chain bottlenecks and other critical factors that impact manufacturing efficiency and module cost.  Hear the first-hand introduction to the PV Manufacturing Consortium directly from the DOE award recipients.  The consortium activity will include the development of a CIGS technology roadmap and establishing an infrastructure that will help the U.S. maintain a robust manufacturing supply chain and realize the promise of significant growth.


9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Stanley Myers, President and CEO, SEMI

Dr. Christopher Case, Industry Consultant, Solid State Solutions

9:15 am

Keynote: US PV Market Trends and Forecast

Sanjay Shrestha, Managing Director, Lazard Capital Markets

9:45 am

Keynote: Solar PV In The U.S.: Will Domestic Manufacturing Be Able to Keep Pace with U.S. Demand?

Helfried Weinzerl, Manager Business Development & Technology, Solar PV, CH2M Hill

10:15 am

Keynote: Thin Film Solar Cells: Evaluation of its Potential, Challenges, and Opportunities 

Dr. Martha Symko-Davies, Solar Business Manager, PDIL, National Center for Photovoltaics (NREL)

10:45 am Coffee Break

11:00 am


11:15 am



11:40 am



12:05 pm

Manufacturer Perspectives


Key Strategic Drivers for CIGS Manufacturing

Frank Yang, Senior Director, Business Development, Stion


Rapidly Scaling CIGS Solar Manufacturing in the USA

Ben Bierman, Executive Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Solyndra



Dr. David Eaglesham, CTO, First Solar

12:30 pm

Q&A Panel - Manufacturer Perspectives

Eric Wesoff, Senior Analyst, Greentech Media

1:00pm– 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm



2:05 pm

Welcome and Introduction - Supplier Perspectives

Dr. Christopher Case, Industry Consultant, Solid State Solutions


Keynote: Introduction to the PV Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) in Support of the DOE Manufacturing Inititative
Dan Armbrust, President & CEO, Sematech & PVMC

2:35 pm




3:00 pm

Keynote-Current State and Future Trends in the Global PV Equipment Market

Ted Sullivan, Senior Analyst, Lux Research


Keynote-Global PV Chemicals and Materials Outlook: Advancements on the Materials Side

Mark Thirsk, Principal, Linx-AEI

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:55 pm

Equipment Supplier Perspective - a-Si

Dr. Chris Constantine, Director, New Technologies, Oerlikon Solar

4:20 pm

Critical Considerations for Metrology and Inspection in Solar Manufacturing

Jeffrey Donnelly, Group VP, Growth & Emerging Markets, KLA-Tencor

4:45 pm

Technology Directions of Materials for the Photovoltaic Industry

Nandakumar S. Rao, Global Technology Director, DuPont Electronics & Communications

5:10 pm



5:35 pm

The Challenge of Rapid Expansion to a Giga-Watt Scale on Solar Fabs

Mark Willingham, Managing Director, Schiller LLC


Q&A Panel - Supplier Perspectives

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Case, Industry Consultant, Solid State Solutions

You will learn

  • Business Outlook for Manufacturers
  • PV Market Trends and Forecast
  • Supplier Growth Strategies
  • Supply Chain Best Practices
  • Manufacturing Challenges
  • Roadmapping and R&D
  • Production and Cost Drivers
  • Sustainability and Manufacturing
  • Feedback to Manufacturers
  • Customer/Supplier Approaches to Collective Problem Solving

Who should attend

  • PV fab managers and manufacturers
  • PV equipment and materials suppliers
  • Financiers and Venture Capitalists
  • R&D laboratories
  • Market analysts
  • Supply chain management and sustainability experts
  • Academia

Registration is closed.  This event has been held.

(Use Promo Code:  GP35 for a 25% Discount!)

  after June 3
SEMI Members $625
Non-members $625
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