• Energy and Environment
  • Transport and Mobility

Combustion and Energy Platform (CombEner)



This platform is dedicated to the study of systems of conversion of thermal energy in mechanical/ electrical energy or for domestic heating. Stirling or Ericsson hot air engines are coupled to thermal machines such as an internal combustion engine (MCI) or a biomass boiler, for the cogeneration and recovery of the fatal heat of the burnt gases.

For these two types of machines, polluting, gaseous and particulate emissions are characterized at the exhaust, using laser analyzers and optical diagnostics for example in the boiler combustion chamber and in the chimney.

The objective is to improve the energy efficiency of the facility, reduce polluting emissions according to the nature of the fuel (hydrogen, alternative fuels for MCI, natural and roasted wood pellets for biomass boilers) and operating conditions (control of combustion by fuel and air injection).


  • Céline MORIN
    Scientific manager
  • Sébastien PAGANELLI
    Technical manager


Le Mont Houy
59313 Valenciennes cedex 9



Effectif total : 9



• Characterization of thermal to mechanical / electrical energy conversion systems (hot air and internal combustion engines, biomass cogeneration unit).

• Measurement of polluting gaseous and particulate emissions in flue gases.

• Characterization of biomass combustion (wood, alternative fuels).

• Dynamic 0D modeling and CFD.

Example(s) of projects

• Combustion characteristics of natural and roasted wood pellets in a biomass boiler with measurement of pollutant emissions using advanced diagnostics (laser diagnostics in the combustion chamber and chimney, analysis of fumes).

• Coupling a Stirling engine to an internal combustion engine for exhaust heat recovery.

• ANR CEBIC project (Clean and efficient biomass combustion).

• FLUIDAPART project (Carnot ARTS and ESP Institutes).

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

PC2A (Université de Lille), CCM (ULCO), Kent University (Canterbury, UK), ENIM (Monastir, Tunisia), University of Chennai (India)

Services offers

Services provided

Measurements of polluting emissions in flue gases, characterization of different types of pellets

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills



Nom Modèle Marque
Biomass boiler
Micro-cogeneration unit
internal combustion engine coupled with Sterling engine


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Energy and Environment
    • Low-carbon combustion (biofuels, hydrogen, new technologies)
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption