European Pellets Conference

Pellets are a clean, CO2-neutral and conventient fuel with rapidly growing market shares in many European countries. The European Pellets Conference in Wels/Austria aims to provide in-depth information on wood pellets and pellet technology, innovation and market trends. It will also offer an exciting platform to discuss new co-operation projects. The international pellets conferences held in Wels in 2004 and 2005 and the European Pellets Forum 2006 were a big success: each event attracted more than 600 participants from all over the world.

Date:28 February - 1 March 2007
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
Conference fee:150 Euro (plus 10% VAT)
Conference language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Organisation and conference office:O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at


28 February 2007


Opening & welcome
Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Austria


Challenges & opportunities in a rapidly growing market
Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria


Global trade with biomass?
Tomas KĂ„berger, Chairman, SVEBIO, Sweden


The perspectives of the European heating market
Hana Herynkova, BRG Consult, UK


The European Biomass Action Plan
Emese Kottasz, Directorate General for Energy and Transport, European Commission


Discussion/Coffee break

Entrepreneurs Round-table: The future of pellets markets & technologies


Herbert Ortner, Managing Director, ÖkoFEN, Austria
John Swaan, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Lars Romney, Head of Business Development, Statoil Pellets AB, Sweden
Markus Mann, Managing Director, WesterwÀlder Holzpellets GmbH, Germany
Francisco Puente-Salve, Project Manager, ESCAN, Spain
Aavo Isak, Managing Director, AS SB KeskĂŒtteseadmed, Estonia
Per Ottosen, Senior Consultant, Energi E2, Denmark
Claus-Georg Nette, Director, Marquard & Bahls AG, Germany
Chairperson: Johannes Jetschgo, ORF


Discussion/Lunch Break

Heating markets around the globe


Pellet "pains", a US perspective on international cooperation
Stan Elliot, Bear Mountain Forest Products, USA


Domestic heating in Japan
Shuichi Miura, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan


Biomass resources in and from Brasil
José Roberto Moreira, CENBIO, Brasil

15.30Challenges in the expanding French market
Frédéric Douard, ITEBE, France

Wood energy in Europe and North America: a new estimate of volumes and flows
Florian Steierer, UNECE Trade Development and Timber Division, Switzerland

16.10Discussion / Coffee break

Production & technology


Fine dust emissions: recent research results
Ingwald Obernberger, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme GmbH, Austria


The quality of pellets made from alternative biomass
Klaus Hjuler, FORCE Technology, Denmark


A field test of combusting pellets from energy crops
Gottfried Eder, Austrian Bioenergy Center GmbH, Austria


From untreated wood to pellets
Gregor Rinke, Seeger Engineering, Germany


Examples for pellet production plants and technologies
Markus Kratzer, BĂŒhler AG, Switzerland



19.30Evening Programm

1 March 2007

Presentation of innovative pellets technologies from Austria (in English only)


GĂŒnther Huemer, Managing Director, Guntamatic Heiztechnik GmbH
Werner Emhofer, Marketing Manager, Fröling GmbH
Gerhard Selinger, Director Business Unit Central Heating Systems, Rika GmbH & Co KG
Bernhard Holzer
, Export Manager, Windhager Zentralheizungen GmbH
Herbert Ortner, Managing Director, ÖkoFEN GmbH



Pellets-Workshop "Current developments on European pellets markets"
(in English only)
14.00Enough biomass to supply Austrian households with heat, power and fuel on pellet basis to 100% and renewable
August Raggam, Austria
Pellet market development in Austria & Italy
Christian Rakos, ProPellets Austria
Pellet market development in Germany
Cornelis Hemmer, DEPV, Germany

Discussion / Coffee break

Pellet market development in Spain
Francisco Puente-Salve, ESCAN, Spain

Pellet market development in Belgium
Didier Marchal, Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W), Belgium
Pellet market development in Sweden
Johan VinterbÀck, SVEBIO, Sweden
Pellet market development in Denmark
Jonas Dahl, FORCE Technology, Denmark
Pellet market development in Canada
John Swaan, Wood Pellet Association of Canada


Discussion / End

This event was organised in the frame of the IEE-Project "PROPELLETS".