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BBI Projects at Celignis
Biomass based industries joint undertaking

The Biomass Based Industries Joint Undertaking of Horizon 2020 is a €3.7 billion public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. It is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry. The undertaking has the following three main focus areas:

  • Feedstock: foster a sustainable biomass supply with increased productivity and building new supply chains.
  • Biorefineries: optimise efficient processing through Reseach and Development and demonstrate their efficiency and economic viability at large-scale demo/flagship biorefineries.
  • Markets, products and policies: develop markets for bio-based products and optimise policy frameworks.

The undertaking expects the following benefits to result for Europe as a result of the implementation of its funding programme:

  • Develop the potential of waste as well as agriculture and forestry residues.
  • Diversify and grow farmers’ incomes: up to 40% additional margins with existing residues.
  • Replace at least 30% of oil-based chemicals and materials with bio-based and biodegradable ones by 2030.
  • Create a competitive bio-based infrastructure in Europe, boosting job creation, 80% of which will be in rural and underdeveloped areas.
  • Deliver bio-based products that are comparable and/or superior to fossil-based products in terms of price, performance, availability and environmental benefits.
  • The new bio-based products resulting from the BBI will on average reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% compared to their fossil alternatives.

Below are listed the BBI projects that Celignis are currently involved in. We are also open to collaborating in future calls.


Celignis is currently participating in a collaborative EU research project, entitled BIOrescue, that is part-funded by the Biomass Based Industries Joint Undertaking of Horizon 2020. This project evaluates ways to valorise the compost residues from mushroom production. Celignis's roles in BIOrescue include the following:

  • Compositional analysis of feedstocks and process intermediates and outputs.
  • The development of rapid analysis models, using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, for compositional analysis at several stages in the process scheme.
  • The scoping of additional suitable undertuilised seasonal feedstocks for co-feeding with spent mushroom compost in a proposed biorefinery based on the BIOrescue technologies.
  • The development of new algorithms, using software such as Octave and R-Studio and involving advanced intelligent regression techniques, to further improve the accuracy of Celignis's NIR models.

BIOrescue runs from Sept 2016 to August 2019 and has a budget of €3.7m. Please refer to the project's website for further information.

BIOrescue BBI project


UNRAVEL will start in June 2018 and focuses on biomass pre-treatment.

Celignis Pitches for 2018

We consider that our expertise in detailed and accurate biomass analysis, as well as our ability to advance the state of the art in rapid biomass analysis through our NIR models, makes us valuable partners in consortia for future BBI projects.

We see huge potential within the topics of the 2018 BBI calls for the development and refinement of our models, as well as the potential for the development of targeted models for individual feedstocks or process conditions.

Our analytical expertise also covers the following: extractives (we are leading a WP on this in the UNRAVEL BBI project); proteins; oligomers (IC-MS system); inhibitors; anaerobic digestion; thermal properties; seaweed; lipids; and lignin.

Click here to see our pitches for specific roles in some of the 2018 topics.