to Start Solar Glass Subcommittee; Title and Scope Created During
a Virtual Meeting Today
September 29, 2009
ASTM International held a virtual organization meeting today during
which participants from both the glass and solar industries came
together and voted to form a subcommittee to focus on solar glass.
Attendees of the virtual meeting included representatives of the
U.S. Department of Energy, ASTMs E44 committee on solar, geothermal
and other energy sources and ASTMs C14 committee on glass
and glass productsapproximately 75 in total.
During the call, participants voted unanimously to title the ASTM
activity/subcommittee Glass for Solar Applications.
The group also identified a scope, as follows:
The development and maintenance of standards for glass and
glass coatings for solar applications that include, but are not
limited to, photovoltaic, solar thermal and concentrating applications.
The standards will address the characteristics that affect performance,
durability and reliability.
The work of this activity will be coordinated with other ASTM
Committees and outside organizations having mutual interest.
DOE representative Ed Etzkorn, who worked with ASTM to organize
the call and participation of both industries representatives,
spoke early in the meeting about the goal of the effort.
Our goal is to accelerate the innovation of solar technology,
he said. This effort really plays into that.
The main purpose of the initial meeting was also to design a blueprint
for the work of the subcommittee, explained ASTM director of development
operations Pat Picariello, who led the call.
The group also reviewed an initial overview of what types of work
could come out of the subcommitteeand areas that could be
addressed, such as photovoltaic applications, glass types used for
solar applications, coatings, films, various durability issues,
and glass used in solar hot water and heating systems.
But, overall, Picariello advised what would be addressed would
be nailed down in the futureonce the work begins.
You all are going to have the ability to decide what youre
going to do based on what your needs are, he said.
Though those who participated agreed that a subcommittee will be
formed, it is still to be determined whether that subcommittee will
fall under the E44 committees work or that of C14.
Participants were mixed in their views. One proponent of placing
the subcommittee under the work of E44 proposed that solar glass
has different requirements than that of architectural and that E44
would be better suited to take these on.
A lot the things that are important for glass that goes into
modules are not important for glass that goes into windows,
said the proponent.
One other representative on the call advised that there will be
enough with the work of a solar glass subcommittee with the work
of C14 that it should go there.
Ultimately, Picariello advised, based on the feedback he heard,
hed contact the E44 committee to see if they will accept the
solar glass subcommittee to work under their efforts. He also explained
that E44 has a broad scope that is more open to encompassing various
solar glass standards that might be developed by the subcommittee.
The scope of E44 is so broad that it could handle and take
on an activity such as this, he said.
In the coming weeks, the group will be finalizing its roster (the
initial list will consist of those on the call), locating officers
and beginning work.
Those are the immediate next steps, Picariello advised.
Youve created something new inside of ASTM. You should
be congratulated for that and ASTM is excited to work with you in
this new and exciting subject area.
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