ORganic waste management by a small-scale Innovative automated system of anaerobic digestION




The Industrial Systems in Bioenergy Laboratory located within the Thermal Engineering Institute of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland conducts applied research in collaboration with public and private sector partners. Our approach and methods include study of the material, energy, economic, environmental and legal aspects of the entire biomass transformation process from raw materials to production of heat, mechanical energy and chemicals. Our infrastructure includes a normalized stand for testing wood stoves, a 50 kW pellet fueled boiler, torrefactors for batch and continuous operation, anaerobic digesters, grinders, a pellet press and analytical instruments for physical and chemical characterization. Located within a large research institution, we have access to a machine shop, analytical laboratories and specialists in the fields of electrical engineering and automation. Our collaboration with the Center for Engineering and Technology Transfer (CeTT) of the HEIG-VD facilitates the creation of start-up companies. The current research focus is in in the fields of torrefaction, methanisation, flame analysis, combustion product analysis and treatment, small-scale incineration and CO2 capture and transformation. The laboratory participates in teaching activities leading to a Bachelor in Industrial Systems, a Master of Science in Energy Production and Management and continuing education certificates in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Management.

Dr. Jean-Bernard Michel

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Thermal Engineering Institute
Industrial Systems in Bioenergy Laboratory
Centre St-Roch
Avenue des sports 20
CH-1401 Yverdon-les-Bains

Telephone number:
(+41) 24 55 775 94

Fax number:
(+41) 24 55 775 19


This project is supported by the European Commission
under the Research for SME associations Theme
of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and
Technological Development

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