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Using the Celignis Database
biomass analysis online

Simplifying the Process of Biomass Analysis


We realise how important your samples are and your need to access data as quickly and as easily as possible. That is why we created the Celignis Database. This is a password-protected website where you can place your orders and view the results of our analysis, even when the order itself has not been fully completed.

The database is responsive to use on laptops, tablets, and mobile phones and helps to take the complexity out of the process of selecting which of our analysis packages are the most suitable for your samples.

We present summary results as well as detailed data for each sample with results represented in tabular and graphical forms. We also use the compositional data to estimate the potential biofuel yields from your samples. Data relevant to thermal processing are shown on dry-mass, as-received, and dry-ash-free terms.

biomass analysis charts

You can download the data any time from the Database as Excel and PDF reports. We also send you final reports by email once we have completed our analysis. These reports provide data for each of the duplicates analysed, the average, and the standard deviation, so that you can see the precision of our analysis.

You can view example data on our guest account, enter user test@celignis.com and password celignis here.

biomass analysis report

Using the Database

Step by step instructions for using this database are provided below:

Step 1: Register


You can log on to the database as a guest and see example results. Simply go to the login page and type "test@celignis.com" and "celignis" (excluding the quotation marks) in the "Email" and "Password" fields, respectively. You can then observe a number of analytical results as described below.

login page

However, to place orders and to view the data for your own samples you need to register on the site. To do this, click "Register on Celignis" on the login page or go directly to the registration page via this link.

registration page

The registration page requires you to input your email and password and, if applicable, information on your company. Following successful registration you will receive an automated email from Celignis and will then be allowed to login using the email and password you provided. Clicking "Remember Password" on the login page will allow automated logins in the future.

Step 2: Input an Order


After logging in you will be directed to the Menu Page. From here you can choose to Place Orders, View and Modify Orders (if these exist), View Analytical Data (if appropriate), and Modify your Profile.

database menu

Click the "Place New Order" button to go to the New Order page. This page presents a table with each line representing each sample that will be sent for analysis. Initially it will be empty since no samples have been added. To add a sample click the "Add New" button and the following screen will pop up:

add new sample to order

This page requires the following details to be entered:

 
  • Sample Name:

      Enter your means of identification of the sample. This should match the label that is attached to the sample when it is delivered to Celignis.

  • Sample Type:

      Select from the drop-down menu which category you think best represents the sample. This will help us to determine the amount of sample that will be required for analysis. If you do not wish to provide such details on the sample, or if none of the categories provided are appropriate, select "Other".

  • Wet/Dry:

      If the sample is wet and has not been air-dried slect "Wet", otherwise select "Dry" (or "Liquid" if it is a liquid sample).

  • Particle Size:

      The option that is selected from this menu will help us to determine what sample preparation steps may need to be used, as described here.

    A "Solid Sample" is considered to be a large, bulky, sample (e.g. a block of wood).

    A "Chopped but Unground" sample is a much less bulky sample which is in small discrete pieces but these pieces do not meet the particle size requirements for analysis. Example of "Chopped but Unground" samples include wood chips, pellets, grasses, and unground composts.

    The "Ground" category should be selected if the samples has been ground down to a particle size of less than 0.85mm or if it already exists in that state (e.g. sawdust).

  • Additional Details:

      Use this box to input further information regarding the sample. Such information could include: the origin of the sample; its species/variety (if a plant or agricultural residue); any physical or chemical treatments that have been carried out on the sample; and any distinguishing features from other samples in the order.

    This information will allow us, if requested, to provide interpretations and evaluations of the analytical data obtained. However, if you wish to keep further details on this sample private you can leave this box empty.

  • Analysis Packages:

      The box on the left-hand-side presents a list of the different analysis packages that can be selected for this sample. When a package is clicked it moves to the right-hand-side box. It can be removed from there by clicking on it, whereupon it returns to the left-hand-side.

    Some anaysis packages include all of the analytes of other analysis packages. For example P10 (Sugars, Lignin, Extractives, Ash) covers all of the analytes determined in packages P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, P8, and P9. If some of these such superceded analysis packages are included in the "Selected Packages" list these are removed when the input form for the sample has been saved, meaning that you will always obtain the lowest cost for analysis.

  • Once the data have been input for a sample, pressing the "Save" button will add that sample to the list for the current order. More samples can then be added to the order by pressing the "Add New" button and entering data for each sample, as outlined above. The data provided for samples in the list can be edited by pressing the "Edit" button and samples can be removed from the order list by highlighting them and pressing "Delete Selected".

    The current order can be saved at any time by pressing the "Save Order" button. That order can then be modifyed by pressing the "View/Manage Orders" button, on the Menu Page or the top banner, which brings you to the Orders Page, and then clicking "Modify Order" for the chosen order, as described below.

    The order can be submtted to Celignis by pressing the "Request Quotation" button. This results in a confirmation email being sent, at which point the order can no longer be modified (until a quotation has been received). Pressing "Request Quotation" does not oblige the user to pay for the chosen order.

    Step 3: View/Manage Orders


    This page lists all of the orders that the user has placed with Celignis. It displays: the order number; the number of samples in each order; when the order was last modified; and the current status of the order. Depending on the status there are a number of actions that can be taken for each order. The different order statuses, and what actions they allow the user to carry out, are outlined below:

     
  • Open:

      This status exists prior to requesting a quotation.

    View/Modify - This button alows you to view and edit an existing order, as described in Step 2.

    Request Quotation - Click this button to request a quotation for your order. This will change your Order Status to Quotation Requested.


  • Quotation Requested:

      Active when a quotation request has been made to Celignis. No changes to the order can be made until Celignis submits a quotation and the Order Status changes to Quotation Submitted.

    View Samples - This allows you to view the samples and requested analysis packages in the order, however the order can not be modified until you receive a quotation from Celignis. Quotations are typically submitted within 24 hours.


  • Quotation Submitted:

      This status is active once a quotation has been submitted by Celignis. You will receive an automated email from the Celignis Database when this occurs. At this point you can confirm the order by submitting a purchase order and/or payment to Celignis. Alternatively, you can make modifications to the order and request a new quotation.

    View Quotation - This allows you to view the quotation for the order.

    View/Modify - Click this button to view the details of your order and, if necessary, to make changes to it, as outlined in Step 2. If you do amend the order then the Order Status will change to Order Amended and the previous quotation will be removed. You will then need to request a new quotation when you are ready.


  • Order Amended:

      If you have modified an order for which a quotation had been previously issued then this status will be displayed.

    View/Modify - This button alows you to view and edit an existing order, as described in Step 2.

    Request Quotation - Click this button to request a revised quotation for your order. This will change your Order Status to Quotation Requested.


  • Analysis in Progress:

      Once we receive your samples you will receive an automated email from the Celignis Database informing you that they have arrived. We then update the Order Status to "Analysis in Progress" and proceed to start with the preparation and analysis of your samples.

    View Samples - This allows you to view the samples and requested analysis packages in the order.

    View Quotation - This allows you to view the quotation for the order.


  • Analysis Partially Completed:

      As soon as we get data for your samples we send an email through the Celignis Database informing you that data have been uploaded. The Order Status then changes to "Analysis Partially Completed". We send additional emails each time more data have been uploaded until the point whereby the analysis has been completed, at which point the Order Status then changes to "Order Fulfilled".

    View Samples - This allows you to view the samples and requested analysis packages in the order.

    View Quotation - This allows you to view the quotation for the order.

    View Cellulosic Data - This button is visible if data for the lignocellulosic analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing lignocellulosic data.

    View Thermal Data - This button is visible if data for the thermal analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing thermal data.

    View Liquids Data - This button is visible if data for the liquids analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing liquids data.

    View Seaweed Data - This button is visible if data for the seaweed analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing seaweed data.


  • Order Fulfilled:

      When we have completed all of our analysis you will receive an email from the Celignis Database informing you of this and the Order Status will be changed to "Order Fulfilled".

    View Samples - This allows you to view the samples and requested analysis packages in the order.

    View Quotation - This allows you to view the quotation for the order.

    View Cellulosic Data - This button is visible if data for the lignocellulosic analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing lignocellulosic data.

    View Thermal Data - This button is visible if data for the thermal analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing thermal data.

    View Liquids Data - This button is visible if data for the liquids analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing liquids data.

    View Seaweed Data - This button is visible if data for the seaweed analysis packages are available. Click here for more information on viewing seaweed data.


  • Step 4: View Analysis Data


    Once we have uploaded data for your samples you are able to view these data through the Celignis Database, even if analysis for the whole order has not yet been completed. This flexibility allows you quick and easy access to your data. A number of different data pages are present on the Celignis Database, according to the analysis packages that have been chosen. These are described below.

    View Lignocellulosic Data


    You can view a table summarising the lignocellulosic data for an order by clicking the "View Cellulosic Data" button on the Orders page. Alternatively, you can view the lignocellulosic data for all orders by clicking the "Ligno. Data" button on the top of the page or the "Show All Samples" button if you are viewing lignocelluloisic data for a specific order.

    view lignocellulosic data

    This table presents data for the most important analytes in the lignocellulosic analysis packages. All data are presented as a percentage of the total dry mass of the sample. Shorthand abbreviations are used for some analytes (e.g. KL = Klason lignin, ASL = acid soluble lignin, Extr. = extractives). The table also presents summary statistics for all the samples in the list, including the average, maximum, minimum, and standard deviation for each analyte. The order of samples in the table can also be sorted for each analyte by clicking its name.

    The table has a column indicating the order associated with each sample. Clicking this number will filter the table to only display the samples in that order. You can click the "Show all Samples" button at the bottom of the page to show the lignocellusic data for all orders.

    There are three charts that can be accessed for each sample on this page. These are described below:

    Pie Chart - Containing data for all the lignocellulosic analytes. The "Unknown" value is calculated as 100% minus all the analytes that have currently been determined. This value may change as more data are uploaded.

    Sugars Chart - This expresses the percentage that each of the lignocellulosic sugars contributes to the total lignocellulosic sugars content.

    Yields Chart - We use a number of formulae to calculate, based on the compositional data we obtain in our analysis, the potential biofuel yields that may be achieved if the sample were to be processed in a number of representative biorefining technologies. These technologies, and the formulae we use, are dscribed in detail here. Please note that the yields provided are only calculated estimates, the actual yields of biofuel when processing your sample in such technologies may differ.

    On the left hand side of the table there is a link labelled View, if you click this then you will go to a specific web page that provides much more detail on the analysis undertaken for that sample. Where analysis has been undertaken in duplicate it provides data for each of the replicates, as well as the average and standard deviation between these.

    view detailed lignocellulosic data

    At the top and bottom of this page you can click on arrows to go forward and backward to see the respective pages for other samples in that order. You can also click on buttons to jump to the section of most interest on the page (e.g. "Biofuel Yields").

    View Thermal Data


    You can view a table summarising the thermal data for an order by clicking the "View Thermal Data" button on the Orders page. Alternatively, you can view the thermal data for all orders by clicking the "Thermal Data" button on the top of the page or the "Show All Samples" button if you are viewing thermal data for a specific order.

    view thermal data

    This table presents data for the most important analytes in the thermal analysis packages. All data are presented as a percentage of the total dry mass of the sample, with the exception of moisture content (expressed in terms of the percentage of total wet mass of the sample, i.e. on a wet basis) and the heating values (expressed in terms of MJ per dry kg of the sample). Shorthand abbreviations are used for some analytes (e.g. HHV = higher heating value (also known as gross calorific value), and LHV = lower heating value (also known as net calorific value)).

    The table has a column indicating the order associated with each sample. Clicking this number will filter the table to only display the samples in that order. You can click the "Show all Samples" button at the bottom of the page to show the thermal data for all orders.

    On the left hand side of the table there is a link labelled View, if you click this then you will go to a specific web page that provides much more detail on the analysis undertaken for that sample. Where analysis has been undertaken in duplicate it provides data for each of the replicates, as well as the average and standard deviation between these. This page presents the thermal data on three bases: dry matter, as-received, and dry-ash-free.

    view detailed thermal data

    At the top and bottom of this page you can click on arrows to go forward and backward to see the respective pages for other samples in that order. You can also click on buttons to jump to the section of most interest on the page.

    This sample detail page also presents estimated biofuel yields for the sample, considering a number of representative biorefining technologies. These values are calculated at Celignis using a number of formulae that consider the the compositional data we obtain in our analysis and the relative efficiencies of the particular technology. These technologies, and the formulae we use, are dscribed in detail here. Please note that the yields provided are only calculated estimates, the actual yields of biofuel when processing your sample in such technologies may differ.

    View Liquids Data


    You can view a table summarising the liquids data for an order by clicking the "View Liquids Data" button on the Orders page. Alternatively, you can view the liquids data for all orders by clicking the "Liquids Data" button on the top of the page or the "Show All Samples" button if you are viewing liquids data for a specific order.

    view liquids data

    This table presents data for the most important analytes in the liquids analysis packages. All data are presented in terms of mg of analyte per ml of sample. The table also presents summary statistics for all the samples in the list, including the average, maximum, minimum, and standard deviation for each analyte. The order of samples in the table can be sorted for each analyte by clicking its name.

    The table has a column indicating the order associated with each sample. Clicking this number will filter the table to only display the samples in that order. You can click the "Show all Samples" button at the bottom of the page to show the liquids data for all orders.

    On the left hand side of the table there is a link labelled View, if you click this then you will go to a specific web page that provides much more detail on the analysis undertaken for that sample. Where analysis has been undertaken in duplicate it provides data for each of the replicates, as well as the average and standard deviation between these. Click here for more detail on the data presented for carbohydrates and oligomers and here for more detail on the data provided for sugar degradation products.

    view detailed liquids data

    At the top and bottom of this page you can click on arrows to go forward and backward to see the respective pages for other samples in that order.

    View Seaweed Data


    You can view a table summarising the seaweed data for an order by clicking the "View Seaweed Data" button on the Orders page. Alternatively, you can view the seaweed data for all orders by clicking the "Seaweed Data" button on the top of the page or the "Show All Samples" button if you are viewing seaweed data for a specific order.

    view liquids data

    This table presents data for the most important analytes in the seaweed analysis packages. All data are presented as a percentage of the total dry mass of the sample. The order of samples in the table can be sorted for each analyte by clicking its name.

    The table has a column indicating the order associated with each sample. Clicking this number will filter the table to only display the samples in that order. You can click the "Show all Samples" button at the bottom of the page to show the seaweed data for all orders.

    On the left hand side of the table there is a link labelled View, if you click this then you will go to a specific web page that provides much more detail on the analysis undertaken for that sample. Where analysis has been undertaken in duplicate it provides data for each of the replicates, as well as the average and standard deviation between these. Click here for more detail on the data presented for seaweed.

    view detailed liquids data

    At the top and bottom of this page you can click on arrows to go forward and backward to see the respective pages for other samples in that order.

    Step 5: Modify Your User Profile


    This page can be reached by clicking the "Modify Profile" button on the menu page or the "Profile" button at the top of the page.

    modify profile

    Here you can change the details (e.g. address, phone number etc.) of your user profile. You can also change your password by pressing the "Change Password" button.

    You can also add extra email addresses that will receive email updates when we upload new data to the Celignis Database. Up to four additional email addresses can be added, using the "Extra Email 1-4" fields on the page.