Orchestra Scientific S.L. has signed a capital increase to issue shares to its new partner InnoEnergy, a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) that works to build long-lasting integration frameworks among industry, research, and higher education within the energy sector. The new agreement will allow InnoEnergy to join and participate in Orchestra Scientific S.L., while the company will take advantage of InnoEnergy’s experience and partners network.
Orchestra Scientific S.L. is an ICIQ-participated spin-off created with the aim of developing and bringing to the market patent inventions by ICIQ’s Galan-Mascaros group. Over two years ago, ICIQ researchers disclosed a novel metal-organic framework (MOF) with high selectivity to recognize CO₂ molecules, which can be particularly useful for the separation of carbon dioxide in a mixture of gases. Orchestra Scientific S.L. technology will be able to remove CO2 from a mixture of gases, even at very low pressure, where current membrane technologies are not viable. This technological advantage opens promising opportunities to use membrane technology to prevent CO2 emissions from combustion sources, with immediate environmental benefits.
The transfer from laboratory experiments to industrial applications has been supported by the Obra Social “la Caixa” Foundation via ICIQ’s Incubator Call and by an ERC ‘Proof of Concept’ grant (MEMCARB). The company was selected as one of the six CleanTech Camp finalists and joined its 4-month business plan acceleration programme. Since then, Orchestra Scientific S.L. has participated in different programs to refine its business model (Tarragona Open Future, EMPENTA, Barcelona Activa) and received several awards, including: Emergent Award “Categoría Llavor” from the Catalan Efficient Energy Cluster (CEEC); Barcelona Activa Pre-acceleration Award; Reus “Pitch and Win” award; and Tarragona Open Future Accessit. Recently, Orchestra Scientific S.L. has also been selected to participate in the Fondo Emprendedores Repsol.