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Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (LBE)



Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (LBE)

Upper Organisation

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)


Research Center


Anaerobic digestion (effluents, solid residues, biomass), Biological waste-water treatment, Pre-treatments, Fermentation (Bio-hydrogene, Bio-hythane), Platform molecules,  Micro-algae culture and valorization, Microbial Ressource Management, Biofilms in reactors and Bioelectrochemistry, Sanitary risk evaluation & control, Modelling, Instrumentation & control, Life Cycle Analysis & Eco-design


With  a 3500 m²  experimental  hall,  a  performant  scientific  and  analytical  equipment  and
more than 50 digesters (one liter to several m3) operating all year round, the LBE is a world
leader  R&D center  in  the  field  of  anaerobic  digestion and environmental biorefinery. High BMP (biochemical methane potential) capacity: more than 500/year.  It  puts  on  excellence  research and
offers  a  multidisciplinary  approach  on  a  broad  range  of  topics. The  laboratory  efficiently
valorises its research through innovation and technology transfer, with 6 patents, 11 license
agreements, and the Pollutec Innovation Award in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013.
- Core facilities ('omics', experimental fields, microscopy) - Pilot plants that can be installed in an industrial context
- Demonstration plants dedicated to technological transfer


- Scientific & technological
- Study / initial design / Simulation
- Proof of concept / Lab testing of basic experimental set-up/ Characterization
- Component/ breadboard / process development & testing
- Prototyping (integrated system/ sub-system) development & testing
- Pilot line / demonstration line / preseries

Training topics mainly cover WWTP modelling, anaerobic digestion, microbial ecology and process engineering.



102, Avenue des étangs
Halle de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement Parc Méditerranéen de l’Innovation 60, rue Nicolas Leblanc
11100 Narbonne


Service for Industry and SMEs



Diana Garcia-Bernet
Technological Development and Innovation
+33 (0)4 68 46 64 28
This is the SME contact person

Key Enabling Technologies Activities

Biobased chemicals

Technology Readiness Levels

TRL 3: Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4: Technology validated in lab
TRL 5: Technology validated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 6: Technology demonstrated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 7: System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8: System complete and qualified

Market Sectors