SEMI and JPEA to Co-host Comprehensive new Photovoltaic Event and Exhibition


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SEMI and JPEA to Co-host Comprehensive new Photovoltaic Event and Exhibition

TOKYO, Japan – September 7, 2007 – SEMI today announced PVJapan 2008, a comprehensive new photovoltaics event and exhibition. Co-organized with the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), the event will be held July 30–August 1, 2008 at Tokyo Big Sight. Exhibitor registration opens this month.

PVJapan 2008 consists of a new exposition held in conjunction with the JPEA 25th Symposium on Photovoltaic Generating Systems, and is co-located with the Renewable Energy 2008 International (RE2008) Exhibition and Conference, which is moving to Tokyo Big Sight from Makuhari Messe, and is organized by Japan Council for Renewable Energy. The two events will fall under the name Renewable Energy World Fair.

PVJapan 2008 will feature exhibits from a wide range of companies, as well as a variety of technical, market-related and executive programs focusing on new products, challenges and opportunities in the PV industry.

“Roughly 20 percent of SEMI members are already manufacturing, or making inroads into the development of photovoltaic technologies, so to support these companies, we are pleased to be an organizer of Japan’s premier photovoltaic technology event,” said Dennosuke Uchida, managing director of SEMI Japan. “I am confident that through the cooperation and support of our partner JPEA, PVJapan will provide the industry with an international venue for the delivery and exchange of information, and ultimately contribute to the overall growth and success of the photovoltaic industry.”

As greater awareness builds for environmental issues, both industry and society as a whole are looking toward photovoltaic technology as a source of clean energy. In recent years, the photovoltaics industry has experienced a phenomenal growth rate of 30-40% annually, and is expected to reach 40 billion USD by 2010 (source: SEMI). Because of this growth, attendance at PV-related events continues to grow, and there is an increasing demand for a comprehensive event which can provide attendees with the latest information as well as networking opportunities.

“In the 20 years since its establishment, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association has been dedicated to accelerating the spread and adoption of photovoltaic technology”, said Seiichiro Sano, president of the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. “With awareness of environmental issues increasing, photovoltaic technologies have been steadily gaining attention in a number of areas, and in Japan, along with increased production; steps are being taken toward greater adoption. Against this backdrop, JPEA and SEMI have joined forces to launch PVJapan. Through this opportunity, we are looking to contribute to the further spread of photovoltaic technology and the growth of the industry.”

Companies specializing in solar cells and modules, equipment and materials used in the manufacture of these components, and other PV-related systems, are invited to exhibit at the event. The cost per 9m2 booth will be 378,000 yen for SEMI/JPEA members, and 409,500 yen for non-members. The exhibitor application deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2008, and for more information, companies may visit the website: at www.pvjapan2008.org, or they may contact Tetsuya Ono, SEMI Japan at 81.3.3222.5776, or by email at pvj@semi.org.

About JPEA:

Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association was established in 1987 to promote the adoption of photovoltaic technology. JPEA celebrated its 20th anniversary in April of this year. JPEA members include solar cell and module makers, general contractors and residential-related companies.

Web site: www.jpea.gr.jp.

Address:

8F Terada Bldg.

4-29-6 Minato-ku,

Shinbashi, Tokyo 105-0004

Tel: 81.3.3459.6351 Fax: 81.3.3459-6595

About SEMI

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

Association Contacts:

SEMI Global Headquarters

Dan Martin Tel: +1.408.943.7030 Email: dmartin@semi.org
Scott Smith Tel: +1.408.943.7957 Email: ssmith@semi.org

SEMI Europe

Eddy Blokken Tel: +32.2.289.6493 Email: eblokken@semi.org

SEMI Japan

Tetsuya Ono Tel: 81.3.3222.5776 Email: tono@semi.org / 81.3.3222.6012 Email: jpress@semi.org