In cooperation with NMBU, NIBIO runs a leading national biogas laboratory at Vollebekk, with facilities for trying out the gas production potential of various waste material fractions and mixtures, and research into the optimization of pretreatment methods and process parameters. The biogas laboratory is closely integrated within many of the research activities on Campus Ås, for example in relation to fertilization and soil quality, environment and climate, bioenergy, molecular biology, microbiology, organic waste and food safety, agricultural technology, plant health and many more.
There is also a fully equipped microalgae laboratory for research on production and use of microalgae for different purposes. This activity includes microalgae cultivation technology for microalgae for use in different food products, feed with optimal nutrient composition, high value products for pharmaceutical use, and nutrient recycling from side streams. Cultivation technology in small and large scale is used in this work, and the Vollebekk microalgae laboratory includes several different analytical instruments for microalgae research and photobioreactor systems, both in laboratory- and pilot scales up to 250L.