European Pellet Conference 2012

  Date:   29 February - 01 March 2012
  Venue:   A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
  Conference fee:

   180 Euro (plus 10% VAT) (29 Feb. - 02 March)

   260 Euro (plus 10% VAT) with site-visit

  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  
  New in 2012:


Tuesday, 27 February 2012

Site visit "pellets and wood chips"

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

09.00 Opening & welcome

  • Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
  • MEP Paul RĂŒbig, European Parliament

  • EU-policy for bioenergy - recent developments
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Current and future global bioenergy trends
    Adam Brown, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • Wood pellets in the European Forest Outlook
    Florian Steierer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

11.20 Pellet business: Economic growth and green jobs

  • The impact of biomass policies on economic growth and employment in the EU
    Peter Biermayr, TU Wien, Austria

  • Progress in the pellet market development in the US Northeast
    Charles Niebling, Chairman, Biomass Thermal Energy Council/General Manager, New England Wood Pellet, USA

  • Scientific challenges and technology outlook for the pellet sector
    Walter Haslinger, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • Sustainability in international solid biofuel trade
    Patrick Lamers, Ecofys Germany

12.40 Lunch break

The "Pellet Academy"

In-depth information and interactive training sessions

14.15 The ENplus pellets in detail

  • Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany

16.30 How to develop a regional pellet heating market

  • Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Roderick Matheson, Aberdeenshire Council, UK

The "World Pellet Business Forum"

A market place for product and service innovation, R&D results, business models and finance

14.15 Torrefaction

  • Current status of North American and European torrefaction initiatives
    Marcel Cremers, KEMA, The Netherlands

  • The world's "largest" torrefaction plant
    Robin Post van der Burg, Topell Energy, The Netherlands

  • Through the valley of death - from pilot to commercial scale-up
    John Swaan, Horizon BioEnergy, The Netherlands

  • Economic & technical challenges of replacing coal for electricity production
    Walt Dickinson, Integro Earth Fuels (NUCOAL), USA

  • The optimal size of a torrefaction plant
    Martin Svanberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

16.30 Business models & product innovation

  • Industrial pellet applications
    Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • Certified use of agropellets in smale scale boilers
    Vincent Naudy, RAGT Energie, France

  • Successful approaches to pellet market development
    Alastair Stevens, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK

  • Finding clients for agro-pellets
    Arunas Bruzgulis, Lithuanian Biomass Energy Association, Lithuania

  • Pellet boiler and stirling engine - electricity and heating for homes
    Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN Pelletsheizung, Austria

  • Biomass trade centres
    Patrick de Jamblinne, Tuzetka, Belgium

  • Life cycle assessment: combustion tests with herbaceous biomass
    Aurélie Leplus, AILE, France

  • Successful pellet heat contracting
    Ramón Båñez Sånches, REBI, Spain

  • Job creation through pellet projects
    Bengt-Erik Löfgren, ÄFAB, Sweden

18.00 End of the conference day

19.00 Evening programme

Thursday, 01 March 2012

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

  • The European wood pellet markets: Current status and prospects
    Richard Sikkema, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • Germany: Martin Bentele, Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband, Deutsches Pelletinstitut

  • Russia: Olga S. Rakitova, The Bioenergy International

  • UK: Nigel Blandford, The Mersey Forest Team

  • Spain: Maros MartĂ­n Larrañaga, AVEBIOM, Spanish Bioenergy Association

  • France: Anne-Catherine Mangel, PROPELLET France

  • Denmark: Morten Tony Hansen, FORCE Technology

  • India: Singaravelan Gomathi, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency

  • Kyrgyzstan: Imil Akkoziev, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University

  • Argentina: MatĂ­as Baumgart, Lipsia

  • China: Li Shizhong, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering

12.30 End of the European Pellet Conference

WSED next! Biomass Programme
Conference Biomass Partnerships Programme


Pellets - a sustainable fuel!

Pellets are a clean, CO2 neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares worldwide. The European Pellet Conference 2012 in Wels/Austria aims to provide in-depth information on pellet innovation and market trends. It will offer an exciting platform to discuss 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 European Pellet Conference 2012 will offer:

  • the meeting place for the global pellet community
  • the latest technology trends
  • updates on policy, legislation and standardisation
  • news from research and innovation
  • an outlook on the developments on European and global markets
  • inspirational case studies and examples
  • exchange of experience among experts and new business opportunities
  • a major trade show, the “Energiesparmesse“, dedicated to sustainable energy with more than 100 pellet-related exhibitors

The event will be organised in the framework of the annual "World Sustainable Energy Days" conference by the O.O. Energiesparverband, the energy agency of Upper Austria.

Upper Austria is an ideal location for such a conference: more than 25 % of all biomass boilers sold in the EU are manufactured by Upper Austria's boiler industry, and pellet heating systems have become a standard solution.


The European Pellet Conference 2012 will offer a range of interesting sessions and events:

  • Plenary sessions
    presentations on policies, potentials, markets, innovation, sustainability etc.
  • The "Pellet Academy"
    in-depth information and interactive training on quality and standards as well as market development issues
  • The "World Pellet Business Forum"
    market place for product and service innovation, business models and finance
  • Country workshop
    updates and outlook on different European and global pellet markets
  • Technical site-visit
    a one-day trip with visits on wood pellets and wood chips (fuel, equipment, exemplary installations)
  • WSED next!
    an event for senior students and young researchers on biomass and energy efficiency
  • Energiesparmesse - the "pellet trade show"
    leading trade show on renewable energy and energy efficiency with annually 100,000 visitors, more than 100 pellet-related exhibitors