European Pellet Conference 2013



27 - 28 February 2013

A-4600 Wels,
Upper Austria/Austria


Programme "European Pellet Conference 2013" (pdf)

Conference fees: 

  • 270 Euro for the European Pellet Conference with site-visit (26 - 28 February)
  • 185 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (27 - 28 February)
The fee also includes an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT

Conference languages:

English, German, Russian, Spanish

Organisation and conference office: 

OÖ Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at 

The world’s largest annual conference on pellets presenting technology and policy trends, markets, innovation, sustainability, finance, business models; includes the
  • World Pellet Business & Technology Forum
  • Pellet Networking Platform
  • Pellet News Worldwide
  • Pellet trade show (more than 100 pellet related exhibitors at the trade show "Energiesparmesse")


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

08.30 - 18.00:Site visit "pellets and wood chips"

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

09.00 Opening & welcome

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

  • EU biomass policies
    Andreas Pilzecker, European Commission, DG Energy

  • The new IEA Technology roadmap: bioenergy for heat and power
    Anselm Eisentraut, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • Cost developments of fossil fuels – a comparison of studies
    Claudia Kunz, Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien, Germany

11.15 Market trends for pellets

  • Market and policy trends in Europe and North-America: a transatlantic comparison
    Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: opportunity or threat for pellet heating?
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Will industrial and residential pellet markets converge?
    Johan Granath, Ekman & Co AB, Sweden

  • Pellet certification and compliance
    Richard Sikkema, Control Union Certification /University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 What will the future bring for the wood pellet sector?

  • Expert views on main opportunities and challenges for the next
    years - resources, technologies, markets

    Olga S. Rakitova, The Bioenergy International, Russia
    Martin Bentele , Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany
    John Swaan, PFIT Consulting, Canada
    Herbert Ortner, ÖkoFEN Pelletsheizung, Austria

15.00 The World Pellet Business & Technology Forum

  • A market place for product and service innovation, business models and finance

Pellet CHP - small and middle scale

  • Technology overview
    Walter Haslinger, bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • A 5 kWel stirling engine using biomass - a challenge
    Josef Frauscher, Frauscher Energietechnik, Austria

  • Integrating stirling engines in log wood and pellet boilers
    Daniel Hegele, Hoval, Principality of Liechtenstein

Business models & product innovation

  • Proper boiler sizing
    Raymond J. Albrecht, BTEC, USA

  • Pelletising biofuel residues for cooking
    Hazir Farouk, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan

  • Pellet production and power stations – examples from 3 continents
    Stefan Döring, Plant Engineering, Germany

  • Torrefaction of straw pellets
    Rafaill Isemin, Tambov State Technical University, Russia

  • Increasing efficiency through heat recovery
    Franz Söllhinger, Scheuch, Austria

  • Pellet supply contracting – a successful business model
    Christian Stettner, Südwärme, Germany

18.00 Pellet Networking Platform

  • A platform for starting new co-operations among pellet actors across the value chain

19.00 End of the conference day

19.30 Evening programme

Thursday, 28 February 2013

09.30 Pellet News Worldwide

Updates and outlook on different European and global pellet markets (in English only)

  • Global pellet markets and price forecasting
    Hubert Röder, Pöyry Management Consulting,Germany

  • Spain: biomass against the economic crisis
    Marcos Martín Larrañaga, AVEBIOM

  • Switzerland: more than the domestic pellet market?
    Martina Caminada, Holzenergie Schweiz / Propellets Schweiz

  • Austria: ENplus certification
    Christian Rakos, ProPellets Austria

  • Pellet markets in Central and Eastern Europe
    Vasil Zlatev, Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • Italy: a regional survey of the residential biomass market in Turin
    Luca DeGiorgis, Politecnico di Torino

  • USA : domestic and export pellet markets
    Jennifer Hedrick, Pellet Fuels Institute

  • Australia and New Zealand: a future pellet exporter?
    Andrew Lang, World Bioenergy Association

12.30 End of the European Pellet Conference

Pellets - a sustainable fuel!

Pellets are a clean, CO2 neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares worldwide. The European Pellet Conference 2013 in Wels/Austria aims to provide in-depth information on pellet innovation and market trends. It offered 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 2013 offered:

  • 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 was organised in the framework of the annual "World Sustainable Energy Days" conference by the OÖ 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 2013 offered a range of interesting sessions and events:

  • Plenary sessions
    presentations on policies, potentials, markets, innovation, sustainability etc.
  • The "World Pellet Business & Technology Forum"
    market place for product and service innovation, business models and finance
  • The Pellet Networking Platform
    a platform for starting new co-operations among pellet actors across the value chain
  • Pellet News Worldwide
    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 Biomass
    an event for young researchers on biomass - more information
  • 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