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