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Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (LBE)


Upper Organization: French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Type: Research Center



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



Diana Garcia-Bernet
Technological Development and Innovation
+33 (0)4 68 46 64 28
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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



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.

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