Partners & People – Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste (AIMEN)

Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste (AIMEN)
The Technology Centre AIMEN is a non-profit research private association located in Spain, devoted to materials science and process engineering. AIMEN provides R&D and technological support and services to a wide range of industries. Over 210 skilled staff is dedicated to improve manufacturing processes in the industry and increase their level of competitiveness, through technical development, technology transfer, specialized training and innovation activities. The Technology Centre AIMEN participates in numerous regional, national and international R&D&i and technology transfer activities, in most cases in collaboration with the industry. Research activities with both technology based SMEs and large multinational companies can be grouped into the following research areas: Laser Materials Processing, Robotics & Control Engineering, Manufacturing Process Development and Advanced Materials.
AIMEN will provide intensive research support to the development of the laser related technology of the project, particularly in the area of laser processing of solar cells and silicon for substituting materials and chemicals intensive processes, and in the use of laser ablation for PV cell repair and cut. AIMEN will provide technology development and advances in software, algorithms, embedded processing and NDT to realize the automated inspection, disassembly, and reassembly of eco-designed PV modules. The availability of a first class laser microprocessing lab with short and ultrashort pulsed lasers in a wide range of waveleghts, and large experience in process development, robotics and Non-Destructive Diagnosis techniques, will allow to set up the automation in diagnosis and processing within AIMEN Laser Applications Centre, and benchmark against current practice in terms of productivity, stability, quality and material efficiency.

CV of persons who will primarily be involved in the project

Pablo Romero (male) Researcher in metallurgy and process engineering for more than 15 years. Since 2003 he is project leader for Laser Materials Processing (four patents and over 20 papers), in laser microprocessing, PV, biomaterials and microsensors fabrication. He has coordinated more than 10 National and European projects related with industrial laser processing on diverse materials and applications, including European projects in the field of photovoltaics like REPTILE or PhoSiL. Pablo Romero is AENOR expert and member of the Technical Committee CTN 209 and ISO TC 172 (Laser and Electrooptical Systems), is involved in Work Group 2 of the Photonics21 platform and the Steering Committee of Spanish photonics platform. Pablo Romero is currently Research Stragegy Manager for AIMEN.

Nerea Otero (female) is Industrial Engineer and DAS in Materials Science. She has experience in surface processing by laser and thermal spray. Since 2008 she is a researcher in the Laser Applications Centre of AIMEN, working in laser materials processing and specifically in laser microprocessing of silicon, metals and polymers where she holds several papers and communications to international congresses. She has been involved in the development of applications of laser processing of silicon for PV applications in the European Projects REPTILE and PhoSil, and in the national project DOSIL for development of the knowledge, equipment and methodology to produce new silicon doping process.

Marcos X. Álvarez Cid (male) received his MEng in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2005, followed by an MSc in Environmental Technology in 2009 and a PhD in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2011, both at the University of Vigo. Following a number of years employed as a software engineer, Marcos worked between 2007 and 2012 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering of the University of Vigo. During this period his research interests focused on environmental applications, covering subjects including computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, with particular focus on texture analysis, and 3D representation. In the 2011-2012 academic year Marcos also collaborated with the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the University of Vigo as an Assistant Lecturer in Digital Control Engineering. Between 2012 and 2014 Marcos was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, University College Dublin (Ireland), where he worked under the supervision of Professor Gregory O’Hare on the design and development of middleware to support the management of a network of environmental sensors for the Smart Coasts project. In 2014 Marcos joined the Robotics and Control Unit of AIMEN, where he is currently working on the development of hyperspectral imaging algorithms applied to the food and beverages industry within the SIMOVI project.