European Pellet Forum

Date:5 - 6 March 2008
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria

Conference fee:

150 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

Conference language:

English, German, Italien, 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

Programme, 5 March 2008


Mobilising forest resources
Erik Ling, Sveaskog Förvaltnings AB, Sweden

14.50New "recipes" for agro-pellets
Bengt-Erik Löfgren, ÄFAB, Sweden
15.10"The Top Process" an innovative production method
Jasper Lensselink, ECN, The Netherlands
15.30240,000 tons per year large scale pellet production
Gregor Rinke, Seeger Engineering AG, Germany
15.50Pellet production: efficiency increase & progress report
Markus Mann, Managing Director, WesterwÀlder Holzpellets GmbH, Germany
16.10Discussion/Coffee Break
16.50Strategic options for the pellet heating market
Reinhold Priewasser, UniversitÀt Linz, Austria
17.10Intercontinental trade with pellets
John Swaan, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
17.30The pellet programme of the Alsace region
Sabine Goetz, RĂ©gion Alsace, France
17.50The pellet market of Chile
RamĂłn del Pino Vivanco, Director, FundaciĂłn Chile
18.10Financing schemes for biomass
Peteris Shipkovs, Energy Resources Laboratory, Latvia
18.30 End

19.30 Evening programme

Programme, 6 March 2008

Pellets-Workshop "Current developments on pellet markets" (in English only)



Sweden: Jonas Höglund, SVEBIO


Germany: Martin Bentele, DEPV


France: Frédéric Douard, ITEBE

Switzerland: Andreas Keel, Holzenergie Schweiz

10.30How to "slow down" a prospering market: Manfred Faustmann, Windhager Zentralheizung


Discussion/Coffee Break

11.15Austria: Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria
11.30Italy: Marino Berton, AIEL
11.45Spain: Francisco Puente-Salve, ESCAN
12.00Belgium: Didier Marchal, Walloon Agricultural Research Centre
12.15Baltic Countries & Russia: Lennart Ljungblom, Bioenergy International
12.30Canada: Christopher Rees, BioSystems Group

Chairperson: Christian Rakos, proPellets Austri

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch Break

Presentation of innovative pellet and solar technologies from Austria (in English only)


14.05Gerhard Selinger, RIKA GmbH & Co KG
14.20Werner Emhofer, Fröling GmbH
14.35Walter Wagner, Guntamatic GmbH
14.50Herbert Ortner, ÖkoFEN Pelletsheizung GmbH
15.05Bernhard Holzer, Windhager Zentralheizung GmbH
15.20Alexander Glechner, Glechner GmbH
15.35Discussion / Coffee Break
16.15Marin Marinov, Gasokol GmbH
16.30Klaus Seits, Solarfocus GmbH
16.45Gerhard Rimpler, Sun Master Energiesysteme GmbH


Gerald Jungreithmayr, SOLution Solartechnik GmbH


19.30 Evening Programme

The European Pellets Forum follows the very successful European Pellets Conferences, held in the framework of the World Sustainable Energy Days since 2004 which attracted over 600 participants each year. The European Pellets Forum offers a platform to discuss present market and technology trends, to open up new application possibilities and markets as well as to present innovative products.