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Sold-Out SEMA Training Course Successfully Provided Hands-On and Academic Benefits to Attendees

Jun 07, 2011

The Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association (SEMA) announces the success of its Training Course on Manufacturing Technology, PV Module Trouble Shooting and Standards, which took place at the Flextronics International campus in Milpitas, CA on May 24, 2011. The training course consisted of two parts.

Part 1 outlined  manufacturing technology and troubleshooting PV manufacturing, and was instructed by Christine Bordonaro, Product Manager for Satcon Technology Corporation. Part 2 focused on UL1703 and IEC 61215 standards and consisted of a standards overview instructed by Allen Zielnik of Atlas.

The event was sold out with attendees from various companies, ranging from PV module manufacturers to solar material and equipment suppliers. Attendee Chris Hrusovsky, Global Business Manager, Photovoltaics of OMG Electronic Chemicals LLC, commented, “I found the day-long training covering photovoltaic manufacturing, troubleshooting and photovoltaic standards and specifications was beneficial. Dr. Bordonaro and Mr. Zielnik did an outstanding job of providing both a hands-on and academic overview of their topics.  I walked away with a more thorough understanding of these areas, and the information will benefit both my organization and myself.”

Wayne Chang, President, Pivotry Consulting Group Inc., added, “The one-day training course provided many insights and perspectives on PV panel manufacturing processes and current standards testing. Both instructors delivered very balanced and updated views of the PV industry, as well as future directions and emerging trends. As subject matter experts, they also shared practical knowledge about troubleshooting and testing for many of the top Pareto chart issues in manufacturing, certification and reliability. This technical course is well-matched for engineers, technical professionals and managers not only in panel manufacturing and standards testing, but also for materials suppliers and balance of systems suppliers.”

Dongkai Shangguan, Vice President of Technology at Flextronics International, commented, “We were pleased to have the opportunity to host this training session to help disseminate knowledge on solar PV manufacturing, reliability and certification, and promote industry-wide collaboration in this important arena.”

To register for SEMA membership, visit www.solar-ema.org. For more information about future SEMA training courses, e-mail Matthew Holzmann at matt.holzmann@solar-ema.org or Jasbir Bath at jasbir.bath@solar-ema.org.

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