The Agricultural Engineering
Department of the Agricultural Research Centre in Gembloux carries out research and experimentation in the fields of agricultural
mechanisation and energy and industrial use of biomass. The Unit dealing with
Energy and Industrial Use of Biomass studies whether it is feasible to use
biomass as a renewable energy source of energy and industrial material. The
four groups linked to this Unit are mobilisation, conditioning, energy and
CRA Gembloux is also the head contact for the BELBIOM (the Belgian Biomass
Association) and ERBE (the Regional
Biomass Energy Agency).
The BELBIOM aims to promote the
production and utilisation of biomass in Belgium.
For more information, see BELBIOM’s web site : http://www.cragx.fgov.be/belbiom or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERBE is a regional association
created in 1995 in Wallonia. Its activities are assistance to the implementation of bioenergy projects and advice and dissemination of
information. For more information, see ERBE’s web site : http://www.cragx.fgov.be or e-mail to email@example.com.
- Studies on tree-planting for
- Studies on the use of biomass for
- Technical studies (densifying of wood, carbonisation, gasification…).
- Development of equipment (biomass
gasifier with stirling
engine for electricity production).
- Monitoring of experimental
plants, technology transfer and training.
- Rural sustainable development.
- Participation in the Wood-fuel
Group of the Energy Institute comprising French-speaking countries (IEPF), and
in various technical committees (International Energy Agency, Belbiom...).
Region of operation and fields of application
Belgium and tropical areas.
- Firewood for
- Small scale heat
and/or power production.
References and publications
of the biomass resources availability in Wallonia (1993), ERBE/CRA, for the BELBIOM.
Transfer from the European Community to ASEAN in the Field of Heat and Power
Generation from Biomass, EC-ASEAN
COGEN Programme, 1993, 100 pages.
Analysis of the Drying of Ligneous Matter, final EC report (DG XVII), 1986,
- « Biomass-energy guidebook »,
IEPF-ACCT, Bio-Energie-Environnement Group, 1994, 120