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Creation of the Technical Centre for Biogas and Methanisation (CTBM)

The CTBM has been set up to manage and coordinate a network that will provide technical resources and expertise to support development of the French methanisation sector.

Centre Technique du Biogaz et de la Méthanisation
Updated on 10/23/2018
Published on 07/13/2018

A favourable context in France

With resources that could be mobilised by 2030 of around 90 TWh of primary energy, the methanisation sector has an essential role to play in achieving French goals regarding the development of renewable energies. It thus constitutes one of the growth areas specified in the French Multi-year Energy Programme (PPE).  This sector already counts more than 500 production plants in France, and this number needs to triple in order to satisfy national ambitions. The dynamic is under way and it is particularly positive because numerous advantages are linked to methanisation: the production of biomethane, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, rural employment, waste recycling and the return of nutrients to the soil. More generally, methanisation is central to the ecological and community transition of all French regions.

THE CTBM: an interface between the biogas sector and R&D

Set up at the initiative of INRA and other important actors in French research (see insert), the CTBM has also received support from the Club Biogaz of the Energy Environment Technical Association (ATEE). Its objectives are to:

  • Manage and coordinate a network of actors in the sector (economic, R&D, public authorities and civil society);
  • Respond to technical challenges linked notably to specific national features, such as the management of “fibrous” raw materials (animal manures, crop residues) or waste;
  • Support funders by identifying reliable and profitable technological solutions;
  • Develop and operate an industrial roadmap in collaboration with the public authorities;
  • Contribute to professionalization of the biogas sector.

The CTBM also has the mission to synthesise and disseminate knowledge to professionals in the sector, and federate scientific expertise by conducting studies on subjects of mutual interest.

Scientific contact(s):

  • Romain Cresson Inra Transfert Environnement–ITe, 102 Avenue des Etangs, 11100 Narbonne
  • Michel Torrijos INRA Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology (LBE),102 Avenue des Etangs, 11100 Narbonne
  • Sabine Houot INRA-AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit for the Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agrosystems (EcoSys), Route de la ferme, 78850 Thivernal -Grignon

R&D actors involved in the CTBM

Academic research: INRA and AgroParisTech, INSA, IRSTEA, Unilasalle, Université Clermont Auvergne, Université de Lorraine (ENSAIA) and Université Technologique Compiègne;
Technical centres: APESA, Critt GPTE,
Industry: Bio2E, BIO-VALO, CertiMétha, SOLAGRO, SUEZ (Bioressources Lab)
Federations and groupings, etc.: GIS Solimétha, i-ferm, Institut Carnot 3BCar

Research units involved in setting up the CTBM

  • INRA’s Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology  - LBE*-, leader in the field of methanisation at both the national and international levels, which works on the recycling of waste using methanisation and on the process itself;
    nd the Inra Transfert Environnement Business Unit -ITe-, attached to the LBE, which can offer private enterprises its services, analyses, experimentation and expertise, in continuity of the R&D activities of the LBE. At the interface between the LBE and industrial actors in the methanisation sector, ITe was at the origin of creating the CTBM;
  • The INRA-AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit for the Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agrosystems –ECOSYS*. One of its research areas concerns the recycling of organic residuals (organic wastes, methanisation digestates, etc.) in agriculture and the management of these residuals at a territorial scale;   
  • The CNRS-INRA-INSA Biological Systems and Chemical Engineering Laboratory –LISBP*-,was the originator of the semi-industrial platform Solidia which focuses on the discontinuous anaerobic digestion of solids;
  • The Waste, Water, Environment and Pollution Laboratory –DEEP-  at INSA in Lyon, specialised in environmental engineering. One of its research areas focuses on solid and sedimented wastes and polluted soils;
    And INSA’s valorisation subsidiary, INSAVALOR
  • IRSTEA’s Laboratory for the Optimisation of Processes in Agriculture, Agrifoods and the Environment -OPAALE, which under the logic of the bioeconomy and the circular economy seeks to produce technological and organisational solutions for the management and processing of biological products from the agricultural, agrifood and environmental sectors.

*Research laboratories that are members of the 3BCAR Carnot Institute network.

INRA’s strategic agreements on methanisation

In parallel, INRA signed two major cooperation agreements in 2018 relative to methanisation. The first agreement with GRDF was designed to develop agricultural methanisation in France, while the second was signed with India in the context of creating International Associate Laboratories.