This dialogue session aims to bring the MNCs in PV solar in Singapore to share information with the local equipment industry partners. Information gathered from this session will help to create an understanding on ways to support the MNCs in their local operations in the areas of complex equipment development which is critical to the them. In this session, operational information to the cohort of companies particularly in the areas of complex equipment development that is important to PV solar industry and the current and future needs of this industry which is relatively new in Singapore will be presented.
REC (Renewable Energy Corporation) is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. REC is also widely recognised as the world’s largest producers of polysilicon wafers for solar applications, and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules. Founded in Norway, REC is an international solar company, employing more than 3,000 people worldwide. The organisation has revenues in excess of NOK 9 billion in 2009. REC Singapore is a multi-million investment in a Greenfield site located in Tuas View, Singapore.
9.30am Opening Address by Ms Wan Siew Ping, Lead, Complex Equipment Initiative, PE COI
9.35am Presentation 1: Overview of a PV Factory, the PV industry and the Difference Compared to Semicon Industry by Dr Rob Steeman, REC Vice President Technology REC Solar
10.15am Presentation 2: General REC Operational Requirements on Supplier Response
and Maintenance Supportby Mr Are Gloersen, REC, Equipment Development
11.00am Presentation 3: REC Wafer Factory, Equipment Types and Possible Future Machines
by Mr Paul Hjemaas, REC, Technology Manager REC Wafer
12.00pm Lunch and Networking (Foyer, Training Room 1 & 2)
1.00pm Presentation 4: REC Cell Factory and its Key Elements of Automation, Technologies and Future Needsby Mr Are Gloersen, REC, Equipment Development &Dr Roland Utama, Device and Process Engineering
1.45pm Presentation 5: REC Module Factory Competitiveness Plans and Future Module
Design by Mr Are Gloersen, REC Equipment Development
2.45pm Event Closing Remarks and Collection of Feedback: Ms Wan Siew Ping, Lead, Complex Equipment Initiative, PE COI
About the Speakers
Rob Steeman is Vice-President Technology for REC Solar, based in Singapore. He holds a PhD in experimental physics from the University of Leyden in The Netherlands. After his studies, he joined the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN, where he was one of the pioneers who built up the now highly acclaimed R&D group for Silicon Photovoltaics. In 1996, he left ECN to join Shell Solar. He was one of the key members in the project team that developed the first fully in-line production line for multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. From mid 2003 to mid 2006, he headed the pilot line for thin-film modules for Shell Solar in Camarillo, California. This pilot line produced the world’s first IEC certified modules based on CIGS. In September 2006, Dr Steeman joined REC Solar in Norway, where he became responsible for all equipment and process engineering activities for the new solar cell manufacturing plant in Singapore. He moved to Singapore in July 2009. In June 2010, he was appointed as VP Technology for REC Solar. Dr Steeman is a member of the global management team of REC Solar.
Mr Are Gloresen is currently working as Assistant Principle Engineer Equipment Design & Development, and Project Manager for the MES system implementation for REC Solar. Mr Gloersen holds a MSc in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from University of Washington in the US, and Master of Space technology from Narvik Univerisity in Norway. After studies Mr Gloersen joined REC at their solar cell factory in Norway where he has worked as Shift Leader, Technical Maintenance Engineer, Process Engineer and Project Engineer for the expansion project locally. Following that, he joined the project team for the Singapore cell project in June 2009. Mr Gloersen was also representing REC Solar as employee voted representative in the REC Board of Directors 2008-2009. His responsibility with the Singapore technology team is in equipment integration, next generation automation, line design and factory concepts.
Mr Paul Hjemaas was tasked to develop and build a REC Wafer technology group in Singapore since 2009, and is currently the R&D Director, REC Wafer Singapore. Paul Hjemas holds an MSc in Material Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. From 2003 to 2007, Mr Hjemas worked in the REC Wafer plant in Glomfjord as Assistant Production Manager and Technical Customer Support and was responsible for technical cooperation and continuous product optimization together with REC Wafer’s customers and driven projects with focus on process optimisation. From 2007 to 2009, Mr Hjemas relocated to Heroya and joined the Technology team in REC Wafer working as an Senior Technologist in the product development group. His main responsibility then was the development of characterization techniques and projects at REC's key-customers with the focus on wafer quality.
Dr Roland Utama holds a PhD in Photovoltaics Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. During his studies, he worked as a collaborative Researcher with Suntech Power in China, where his main responsibility was to transfer and implement advanced solar cell technologies from laboratory to the production line. In 2009, Dr Utama joined REC, first in Norway and then in Singapore, where he was directly involved in the process integration and optimisation of the new solar cell production lines start-up. In his current role as Principal Technologist, Dr Utama is mainly responsible for the cell technology development strategy and planning for REC’s research and development activities in Singapore.
Who Should Attend
Management and staff of complex equipment design and manufacturing companies from the following departments:
(1) business/marketing & sales
(2) equipment design & engineering
(3) manufacturing & Operations
(4) service support
This event is by invitation only. Pre-registration is required for admission. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve a place, please email to Alice Koh at Email: kohth@SCEI.a-star.edu.sg including your name, job title, company name and contact number.
Ms Wan Siew Ping, Email: spwan@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg