Infraestructure and facilities

Dry Room

The Dry Room provides the environment required for the processing of the materials and assembly of the prototyping cells. Dry room platform gives the opportunity to CIC Energigune researchers to perform cutting edge research not only at materials but also at device level. It gives the chance to face and understand the problems for further tuning the performance of the materials.

The main characteristics of the platform are: Dew point: - 60 C degrees Temperature: 21 C degrees + 1 C degrees 7 class ISO clean room Area: 55m2 Overpressure: 30 Pa Conductive floor Every parameter is monitored with a SCADA system, from the air generation system, air flow, recirculation, room parameters, ensuring a safe and comfortable environment to the researches. CIC Energigune is working on the following pouch cell dimensions: 42x62 mm 80x80 mm Thickness: 1mmx5mm Although it is going to be equipped with all the necessary equipment to prototype a 100 x 100 mm maximum size pouch cell if it would require. The Dry Room is the perfect platform to develop pre advanced engineering process with small quantity of active materials and transfer to the advance engineering and process engineering. It offers as well, a perfect environment for some operations in the research lines that are difficult and takes a lot of time to implement into a glove box. Ideal for some Postmortem analysis, Karl Fischer-tritations, etc. The open platform concept, allows the cooperation with universities, another centers or private companies while retaining the confidentiality.

The dry room provides the opportunity to test many different battery technologies, moisture sensitive, under safe environment. After good results of a material in the laboratory, this platform fills the gap between the basic research and the advanced engineering in the industry, generating a real ORIENTED research, going beyond academic approach being able to relate it to long term system (batteries or supercapacitors) and market needs. ELECTRODE MANUFACTURING Available for testing different technologies that requires dry environment. Small quantity of material is required to manufacture electrode slurry under vacuum environment. Continuous or pattern coating Single or double side coating Organic binders coating. Consult for water based binders coatings CELL ASSEMBLY From different technologies electrodes we can assembly a complete pouch cell. Dimensions: 42 x 62 x 1-5 mm 80 x 80 x 1-5 mm Consult for Other dimensions up to 100 x 100 mm Liquid or solid electrolytes battery assembly. POSTMORTEM ANALYSIS Safety issues are critical when testing of the battery is performed. It must be done carefully and in a proper environment. Opening up of the battery and different analysis can be carried out inside the dry room.

Head of the Unit

Aitor Villaverde
Aitor Villaverde

Before joining the CIC Energigune, Aitor worked as a project manager for two years at BATZ cooperative, a member of the Mondragon cooperative corporation dedicated to the automotive sector. He worked in the energy division and was involved in solar-thermal and small-wind turbine projects mainly in California and Nevada in the U.S. In 2005 Aitor received clean room training in California and The Institute of Microelectronic Technology (TiM) at the San Mamés Industrial Engineering School and thereafter became the Clean Room Manager at GUASCOR FOTON S.L. for six years. He oversaw a pioneering manufacturing area that created high concentration solar cell that set the world record in efficiency in an outdoor two-axis tracking module. Aitor also participated between 2005 and 2007 in the set-up of the solar cell assembly process at AGF Solar LLC, a joint venture created in Los Angeles between Guascor and AMONIX Inc. He began his career in renewables energies as a technical electronic engineer in 2004, in Mexico, with a collaboration grant from the Industrial Engineering School of San Mamés-IAESTE. He collaborated in the design and installation of an electronic control system for energy storage in photovoltaic systems installed in centers such as the world heritage Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.


Aitor Villaverde

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