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Tel.: +33 4 67 61 44 75Fax : +33 4 67 61 65 15
Contact : Philippe GIRARD
Job : Energy Activity Leader
Statute : Public Institute Creation date : 1984
Spoken languages : Fr, Eng, Spa
Staff : 1800 Wood-fuel staff : 8
E-mail : philippe.girard@cirad.fr
Web site : http://www.cirad.fr
Research Centre

CIRAD is a centre of international co-operation on agronomic research


CIRAD is a centre of international co-operation on agronomic research. It has inherited the long French tradition in tropical agronomy. Its forestry department (CIRAD-Foręt) endeavours to help the countries from the Southern hemisphere to meet their energy needs by the use of their own energy sources. It works in partnership with the other departments of the Centre (900 scientists and executives) and co-operates with various scientific organisations (universities, laboratories, technical centres…) and with industry.



Wood-fuel expertise


- Carbonisation and torrefaction.

- Gasification (direct combustion or engine feeding).

- CHP (steam).



Region of operation and fields of application


. Tropical areas (Africa, South-America, Asia…)


- Research : design and improvement of processes adapted to local raw materials and contexts : characterisation of energy properties and improvement of the added value of the forest and plantations products ; study of the main thermochemical ways to convert biomass (combustion / carbonisation) and effect on the environment and the greenhouse effect.

- Development : setting up of technologies well-adapted to the countries from the Southern hemisphere ; trials and equipment certification ; realisation of techno-economic studies ; support in process development and technology transfer.

- Training : actions in all the fields of wood-fuel and ligno-cellulosic biomass ; support for research (theses…) and programmes adapted to the needs of organisations and industry.



References and publications


- Industrial Heat and power Generation from biomass or residues, European technologies selection guide, E.C, DG I, 1992.

- Contributing to Guide Biomasse-Energie, G.B.E., I.E.P.F., Academia, 1994.