European Pellet Conference 2011 & International Pellet Business Forum

  Date:   02 - 03 March 2011
  Venue:   A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
  Conference fee:

   180 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

  Conference languages:   English, German, Italian
  Organisation and conference office:    O.O. Energiesparverband
   Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
   Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
   Fax +43/732/7720-14383
   office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at  



01 March 2011

8.30 - 18.00 Site-visits on wood pellets and wood chips

  • Production of fuels & equipment
  • Applications in public, commercial and domestic buildings



02 March 2011

9.00 Opening & Welcome

  • Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
  • MEP Paul RĂŒbig, European Parliament
  • Heinz Kopetz, European Biomass Association
  • Biomass in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans
    Fanny-Pomme Langue, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
  • Biomass flows and markets in Europe and world-wide
    Christiane Hennig, German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), Germany
  • The 25 % top performing pellet boilers
    Birgit Musil-SchlÀffer, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • "25 by 2025" - heating the US Northeast by biomass
    William Strauss, Biomass Thermal Energy Council/FutureMetrics, USA


11.45 Quality assurance in production and logistics

  • The "ENplus" pellet quality certification
    Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany
  • Managing safety in the pellet transport and storage
    Mieke Vandewal, Peterson Control Union Group, The Netherlands
  • Pellet production facilities - experiences from consultancy
    Stephan Herzog, Seeger Engineering, Germany
  • Requirements for pellet bulk logistics
    Karl Stadlober, Holzenergiezentrum, Landforst Knittelfeld, Austria


Panel discussion: quality assurance across the value chain

  • Gerhard Dell, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Steven J. Walker, New England Wood Pellet, USA
  • Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany
  • Mieke Vandewal, Peterson Control Union Group, NL
  • Stephan Herzog, Seeger Engineering, Germany
  • Karl Stadlober, Holzenergiezentrum, Landforst Knittelfeld, Austria

Chairperson: Johannes Jetschgo, ORF, Austria

13.20 Lunch break


14.40 How to develop a pellet market

  • RhĂŽne-Alpes: an exemplary wood pellet region
    Valérie Borroni, RhÎnalpénergie-Environnement, France
  • Sticks, carrots and tambourine for wood pellets
    Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Experiences with developing a pellet heating market
    Harry "Dutch" Dresser, MESys, USA


Fuel and technology innovation

  • User feedback and economics of biomass boilers below 100 kW
    Hans Hartmann, Technologie- und Förderzentrum (TFZ), Germany
  • Blending raw materials for pellet fuels
    Andreas Schneider, University Siegen, Germany
  • Torrefaction in Europe: current situation & outlook
    Jaap Kiel, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), The Netherlands
  • Biomass combustion: influences on particulate matter
    Rudolf Rawe, FH Gelsenkirchen, Germany


17.45 International Pellet Business Forum

  • Lean logistics for wood pellets
    Robert van Muiden, Van Uden Bulk Logistics, The Netherlands
  • Pellet plant design examples
    Andreas Weigle, Andritz Feed & Biofuel, Denmark
  • A pilot plant for biomass torrefaction
    Javier Gil BarnĂł, CENER, Spain
  • A complete pellet supply chain
    Ladislav Zidek, BIOMASA, Slovakia
  • Programmes for sustainable and affordable biomass fuels
    Judi W. Wakhungu, Director, ACTS, Kenya

19.30 Evening programme



03 March 2011

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

  • Welcome
    Nadja Richler, O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Global pellet markets: Hubert Röder, Pöyry Management Consulting, Germany
  • Spain: Marcos MartĂ­n Larrañaga, AVEBIOM
  • Sweden: Hampus Mörner, Swedish Bioenergy Association
  • Bulgaria: Vladimir Tabutov, Hydroenergy Company/Association of Renewable Energy Producers
  • Russia: Olga S. Rakitova, The Bioenergy International
  • Canada: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Australia: Andrew Lang, The Wood Energy Group/World Bioenergy Association
  • Austria: Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria


13.00 End of the European Pellet Conference

19.30 Evening programme


Partner presentations


On Thursday, 3 March, partner companies of the European Pellet Conference held short company and product presentations in English on their stands in Hall 20 at the trade show "Energiesparmesse":

14.00 Fröling - stand 270

14.30 Guntamatic - stand 430

15.00 ÖkoFEN - stand 170

15.30 Solarfocus - stand 70

16.00 RIKA - Hall 9, stand 80

16.30 Viessmann - stand 770

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