Renewable Heating and Cooling

technology trends & innovation for solar and biomass - heating and cooling markets - products & services - programmes & financing - promotion & successful market establishment

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

150 Euro (plus 10% VAT) (Renewable Heating & Cooling AND Pellets-Forum)

Conference language:

English, French, German, 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

Programme, 5 March 2008



Opening and welcome
Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria


Towards a European Directive for Renewables
Hans van Steen, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG for Energy and Transport


Renewables for heating & cooling: Markets in Europe
Kristin Seyboth, ZSW, Germany


What is sustainable biomass?
Ralph Sims, IEA International Energy Agency


The largest solar thermal market in the world
Runqing Hu, Centre for Renewable Energy Development, China

100 % renewable heating for Upper Austria
Gerhard Dell, Energy Commissioner, Director, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria


Discussion/Coffee break

Round-Table: Renewable heating & cooling: How to wake the sleeping giant?

Christof Stein, Director, KFW Bankengruppe, Germany
Raffaele Piria, MSc., European Policy Director, ESTIF – European Solar Thermal Industry Federation
Herbert Ortner, Ökoenergie-Cluster/ Managing Director, ÖkoFEN GmbH, Austria
Mark Joenje, Ecofys, The Netherlands
Branka Jelavic, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pojar, Croatia
Volker Kienzlen, Managing Director, KEA Klimaschutz- & Energieagentur Baden Württemberg, Germany
Sorcha Edwards, CECODHAS, The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
Birger Lauersen, Danish District Heating Association, Denmark

Chairperson: Bärbel Epp, Journalistin


Discussion/Lunch Break


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, Westerwälder Holzpellets GmbH, Germany
16.10Discussion/Coffee Break
16.50Strategic options for the pellet heating market
Reinhold Priewasser, Universität 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, Région Alsace, France
17.50The pellet market of Chile
Ramón del Pino Vivanco, Director, Fundación Chile
18.10Financing schemes for biomass
Peteris Shipkovs, Energy Resources Laboratory, Latvia

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 Austria
13.00Lunch 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 interest in solar and biomass for heating and cooling of buildings as well as for industrial processes is growing: the sharp increase in energy prices, the availability of cost-efficient technologies and the legislative framework of the European Buildings Directive open up new markets throughout Europe. The conference will showcase innovative solutions for heating and cooling with solar energy and biomass and it will present the major technology and policy trends for the coming years. It will also address the challenge of marketing and promoting green heating and cooling to the million building owners and users in Europe, including companies, public bodies, housing associations and individual homeowners.