European Pellet Conference

Date:25 - 26 February 2009
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria

Conference fee:

150 Euro (plus 10% VAT) (incl. Conference "Biomass Action Plans")

Conference language:

English, German, Italian, Spanish, French

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, 25 February 2009:


Opening & Welcome
- Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
- Annick Delhaye, Presidency Fedarene, Vice President, Region Provence-Alpes-CĂŽte-d'Azur, France

09.20The European renewable energy policy
Paul Hodson, European Commission, DG for Energy & Transport
09.40Key issues for pellet market development
Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
10.00Global forest resources for energy production
Antti Asikainen, The Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla, Finland
10.20The ecologically best use of wood for energy production
Reinhard Haas, Technische UniversitÀt Wien, Austria
10.40The Pro's and Con's of different public support models
Veit BĂŒrger, Öko-Institut, Germany
11.00Discussion / Coffee break

Round-Table: "How to cope with the fluctuations of the pellet markets?"


Steve Walker, New England Wood Pellet, USA
John Swaan, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Gerhard Dell, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
Katarzyna Grecka, Association "Energy and Environment Conservation", Poland
Bernd Wollwerth, Ecofys Germany
GĂŒnther Huemer, Guntamatic Heiztechnik, Austria
Francisco Puente-Salve, Cluster Propellets , Spain
Nick Monether, Greenfields Consulting, UK
Manfred Faustmann, Windhager Zentralheizung, Austria
Tomas Isaksson,
Stora Enso Timber, Sweden

Chairperson: Johannes Jetschgo, ORF, Austria


Discussion / Lunch break

Technologies & Innovation


Energy efficient drying of sawdust - examples of realised plants
Lennart Granstrand, Svensk Rökgasenergi, Sweden


Pellet production from different wood raw materials
Gregor Rinke, Seeger AG, Germany


Increasing the ash melting temperature of wood pellets
Jeroen van Soest, Meneba BV, The Netherlands


Agricultural fuels - hope & reality
Elisabeth Wopienka, Austrian Bioenergy Centre, Austria


Eco-design of solid fuel combustion installations
Anne Turbé, BIO Intelligence Service, France


Discussion / Coffee break

Markets & Logistics

16.50European wood pellet market forecast
Morten Tony Hansen, FORCE Technology, Denmark


Biomass resources in Malaysia
Fabio Zafri Marchetto, BIP- University Technology Malaysia UTM


Global sawdust potentials and pellet supply chains
Martin Junginger, University Utrecht, The Netherlands


Pellet-Contracting - realised projects
JĂŒrgen Viehweider, Eneralp, Italy


Logistics systems for pellets
Dan Freihofer, American Biomass Corp., USA

18.30Pellet competition award
19.30directly afterwards Evening programme

Programme, 26. Februar 2009

Pellet-Workshop "Current developments on European and international pellet markets" (in English only)

Ireland: Paul Dykes, REIO

10.00USA: Stan Elliot, Bear Mountain Forest Products
10.15Denmark: Morten T. Hansen, FORCE
10.30Czech Republic: Jan Habart, CZ Biom
10.45Italy: Annalisa Paniz, AIEL
11.00Discussion / Coffee break
11.30Sweden: Jonas Höglund, PiR
11.45Hungary: Peter Szanyi, proPellets Hungary
12.00UK: Richard Smith, Balcas brites
12.15Germany: Sebastian Proske, DEPI


Austria: Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria


Chairperson: Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria

13.00 Lunch break

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

Bernhard Holzer, Windhager Zentralheizung

14.20Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN Pellet heating
14.35Walter Wagner, Guntamatic
14.50Werner Emhofer, Fröling
15.05Sebastian Köck, RIKA

Chairperson: Brigitte BrandstĂ€tter, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria

19.30 Evening programme

Pellets - a sustainable fuel!

Pellets are a clean, CO2-neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares in many European countries. The European Pellet Conference in Wels/Austria aims to provide in-depth information on pellet technologies, innovation and market trends. It will also offer an exciting platform to discuss new co-operation projects. With more than 600 participants every year, the European Pellet Conferences & Fora held in Wels have become the largest annual pellet event in the world.

The European Pellet Conference 2009 is held as a part of the World Sustainable Energy Days which offer a number of other high-profile events:

  • the "Energiesparmesse", a trade show dedicated to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency with about 100,000 visitors. Around 100 companies will present their pellet related products and services there.
  • site-visits (24 February 2009)
  • the "Energy Efficiency Watch" Conference
  • the conference "Efficient Cooling of Buildings"
  • other events

The conference is organised by O.Ö. Energiesparverband, the regional energy agency of Upper Austria, dedicated to sustainable energy market development. Upper Austria is an ideal location for such a conference. The region is home to
a number of Europe's leading biomass boiler producers, and pellet heating systems have become a standard solution.