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Celignis - Exciting Irish Spin-Out Analysing Biomass

Irish spin-out providing services for the laboratory analysis of biomass

Published on 28-03-2017 06:57:01 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP Developed from a University of Limerick co-ordinated FP7 project, the company specializes in analysing samples for properties relevant to the production of biofuels and bioenergy.

Celignis is an exciting Irish spin-out providing services for the laboratory analysis of biomass. Developed from a University of Limerick co-ordinated FP7 project, the company specializes in analysing samples for properties relevant to the production of biofuels and bioenergy. Based on IP developed by founder Dr Daniel Hayes for rapid analysis biomass, Celignis currently focus on five core analysis areas:

(1) Lignocellulosic feedstocks destined for use in hydrolysis technologies – including analysis of pre-treated biomass and residues of conversion, using standard chemical methods along with proprietary rapid, accurate, and low-cost infrared method (described below). More detail at: www.celignis.com/cellulosic.php.

(2) Feedstocks for combustion or use in other thermal processes –  Important parameters include: elemental composition (e.g. carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur), heating value, volatile matter, moisture, and ash content/composition. following internationally approved (e.g. EN/ISO/ASTM) analysis methods. More detail at: www.celignis.com/combustible.php.

(3) Physical Properties of Biomass – e.g. particle size, bulk density, basic density, pellet properties.

(4) Liquid Outputs of Bio-Conversion Processes - For carbohydrates and organic acids/furans. The process can determine the oligomeric constituents in liquid streams. More detail is provided at: www.celignis.com/package.php?value=25.

(5) Aquatic Biomass – the company are currently developing rapid analysis models for seaweed.

Celignis offers high quality analytical methods refined over the past 10 years yielding accurate and precise data. The company has also developed a reliable series of models that predict 13 lignocellulosic parameters from the near infrared (NIR) spectra of biomass. While it typically takes ~2 weeks to determine these via standard (chemical) methods, it takes only 2 minutes the Celignis NIR models. Along with saving time, the cost is also significantly reduced (from €60 per sample). This makes Celignis unique in delivering such a rapid and low-cost service. The Celignis method allows clients to analyse many more samples than would otherwise be possible.

Celiginis are also actively involved in research. In September 2016 the company started working on BIOrescue, a research project funded by the Horizon 2020 Biobased Industries Joint Technology Initiative, focused on the bioconversion of agricultural residues (including spent mushroom substrate (SMS) supplemented by wheat straw) through cascading use. The company are also looking to participate in future H2020 projects and research initiatives and have several ideas on how to further advance the art in biomass analysis and feedstock evaluation. On a commercial level, the ultimate target for Celignis is to deploy NIR models online within biomass power stations and biorefineries to allow for real-time (e.g. conveyor-belt) analysis of biomass and process outputs.

Celignis is a great example of how research can be transformed into innovation and commercial application and is one of number of new home-grown biobased industries offering world class services.