|Programme||Horizon Europe, LC-GD-2-3-2020|
|Category||Innovation Action (IA)|
|Period||2021 - 2024|
|Links||Website, Cordis, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook|
Biochar for Carbon Sequestration
Biochar for Soil Fertility
Biobased Materials from BiocharIn recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of biochar not just as a soil amendment but also as a material for a wide range of applications. This has led to an increase in research on the properties and potential applications of biochar-based materials, as well as on the production and processing of biochar for these applications.
Pollution ControlBiochar has also been investigated for use in water treatment applications. It has been found to be effective at removing contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals from water, making it a potential tool for improving water quality in both industrial and municipal settings. Researchers are investigating the mechanisms by which biochar removes contaminants from water, as well as ways to optimize its performance in these applications.
Biochar ActivationActivation of biochar has become a popular research topic in recent years due to the potential to modify biochar's properties for specific applications. Activation is the process of creating highly porous biochar by increasing its surface area. Activated biochar has been found to have enhanced adsorption capacity, making it useful for applications such as water treatment, air purification, and soil remediation.
Biochar FunctionalisationFunctionalisation is the process of modifying the surface chemistry of biochar to add new properties or enhance existing ones. Functionalized biochar has been studied extensively for its potential in various applications, such as catalysis, energy storage, and environmental remediation.
Hydrothermal CarbonisationSlow pyrolysis is the conventional method for producing biochar. It involves heating the biomass at temperatures between 350 and 700 oC in the absence of oxygen. However, recently there has been much research into the use of hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) for biochar production.
Feedstock ProfilingIf your project involves the screening of feedstocks with regards to their suitability for the production of biochar then Celignis can be of great assistance.
Biochar AnalysisWe have all the necesary equipment and expertise to fully analyse and assess biochar samples. Our analyses can cover properties relevant to a wide range of potential applications for biochar, including: combustion, soil applications, and biobased materials.
Plant Growth TrialsWe can undertake lab-scale and greenhouse-scale experiments focused on the effect of biochar amendment to soil on the germination and growth of plants.
Biochar ProductionWe have equipment for the lab-scale production of bioochar from feedstocks. With these items of equipment we can explore the effects of varying conditions (e.g. pyrolysis temperature, residence time, heating rate etc.) on the yield and quality of biochar produced from feedstocks.
Biochar UpgradingWe can employ a variety of different approaches to activate and/or functionalise biochar. We can then assess the impacts of these approaches with compositional, physical, and structural analyses of the biochar. These upgrading experiments can be designed according to the desired end-use application market for the biochar or project.
Technoeconomic AnalysisOur technoeconomic experts can work in the project on technoeconomic analysis (TEA) work packages. These will allow for the economic prospects of a future pyrolysis facility, based on the technologies developed in the project, to be evaluated. The TEA can consider various scale, technology, and feedstock options. We apply accurate costing models to determine CAPEX/OPEX of simulated and pilot scale processes which are then used to determine key economic indicators (e.g. IRR, NPV).
Current Research Projects Involving Celignis and Biochar Research
Previous Research Projects Involving Celignis and Biochar Research
PhD (Analytical Chemistry)
Dreamer and achiever. Took Celignis from a concept in a research project to being the bioeconomy's premier provider of analytical and bioprocessing expertise.
A dynamic, purpose-driven chemical engineer with expertise in bioprocess development, process design, simulation and techno-economic analysis over several years in the bioeconomy sector.
A serial innovator managing multiple projects. Has particular expertise related to the upgrading of biochar and on the assessment of its impact on plant productivity and soil health.