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Current Research Projects at Celignis
biomass research


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 Euros. Please refer to the project's website for further information.

BIOrescue BBI project


UNRAVEL is also part-funded by the Biomass Based Industries Joint Undertaking of Horizon 2020. The project will start in June 2018 and focuses on biomass pre-treatment.


ENABLING is a coordinating and supporting action funded by the H2020-RUR-2017-1 call of the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.

The title of the project is an acronym that stands for 'Enhance New Approaches in BioBased Local Innovation Networks for Growth'. The focus of the project is on supporting the spreading of best practices and innovation in the provision (production, pre-processing) of biomass for the Bio-Based Industry (BBI). Celignis is one of 16 partners in the project, with the coordinator being ITABIA, the Italian Biomass Association.

Celignis will play a key role in the project with regards to stressing the importance of biomass composition in terms of evaluating feedstock and technology suitability. Over the course of the project we will also be contacting a number of stakeholders, both in Ireland and overseas, and will be involved in the organisation of a number of networking events.