European Pellet Conference 2014



26 - 27 February 2014 

A-4600 Wels,
Upper Austria/Austria 

Programme "European Pellet Conference 2014" (pdf)

Conference fees:

  • 275 Euro for the European Pellet Conference with site-visit (25 - 27 Feb. 2014)
  • 190 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (26 - 27 Feb. 2014)
All fees include also an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT

Conference languages: 

English, German, Russian

Organisation and conference office:

OÖ Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
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 B2B Meetings
  • Pellet Networking Platform
  • Pellet News Worldwide
  • Pellet trade show (more than 100 pellet related exhibitors at the trade show "Energiesparmesse")


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

08.30 - 18.00: Site-visit "Pellets & Wood Chips"
A full-day trip by bus including technical site-visits on the production of fuels & equipment and innovative applications for heating and electricity production

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

09.00 Opening & welcome

  • Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria

  • Update on EU biomass policies
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy

  • What’s next for bioenergy?
    Anselm Eisentraut, International Energy Agency

  • Pellet market development – outlook to 2025
    Silvio Mergner, Pöyry Management Consulting, Germany

  • Advancing biomass heating through cooperation
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband/Ökoenergie-Cluster, Austria

11.30 Certification schemes & sustainability

  • Forest certification to ensure sustainability in the bioenergy sector
    Clemens Kraus, PEFC Austria, Austria

  • ENplus update: quality certification across the supply chain
    Christian Rakos, European Pellet Council

  • Efficiency criteria for pellet heating systems
    Christoph Schmidl, bioenergy 2020+, Austria

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Financing and operation models

  • Heat supply solutions for more than 100 buildings in Scotland
    Bruno Berardelli, Highland Wood Energy, UK

  • Biomass heat contracting – successful projects
    Robert Stoffers, juwi Energielösungen, Germany

  • Transforming the market and creating financing opportunities
    Harry (Dutch) Dresser, Maine Energy Systems, USA

16.00 World Pellet Business & Technology Forum

  • European Ecodesign Directive: requirements for solid fuel boilers
    Claudia Canevari, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Vermont as a North American leader in wood heating
    Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), USA

  • Optimising small-scale pellet production plants
    Johannes Waselmayr, Albert Knoblinger GmbH & Co KG, Austria

  • Innovative pellet production on three continents
    José Ricardo Castro, Prodesa, Europe

  • Pellet logistics from Russia to Europe
    Alexander Makhonko, Ust-Luga Port, Russia

  • Industrial pellet boilers
    Andreas Roskam, KCO GmbH, Austria

Pellet Networking Platform

  • A platform for developing new co-operations among pellet actors across the value chain (in English only)

19.00 End of the conference day

19.30 Evening programme

Thursday, 27 February 2014

08.20 - 10.00 Pellet B2B-Meetings

  • Finding new business partners in bilateral meetings (pre-registration for meetings is required, see "B2B-Meetings")

09.00 Session: High efficiency – low emissions


09.45 Pellet Market News Worldwide

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

  • Overview of pellet supply and demand
    Arnold Dale, EIPS/Ekman & Co AB, Sweden

  • Italy: striving for market stability
    Annalisa Paniz, AIEL

  • Germany: qualification programme for installers
    Martin Bentele, DEPV

  • UK: Update on the renewable heat incentive
    Edward Billington, UK Pellet Council/Billington Biofuels

  • Russia: the Russian state plan
    Olga Rakitova, The Bioenergy International

  • US: market and policy trends
    David Dungate, BTEC

  • Australia: Tasmania's bioenergy opportunities
    Hon Adriana Taylor MLC, Parliament of Tasmania

  • Ukraine: pellet supply and domestic demand
    Tetiana Ignatenko, Ukrainian Pellet Union

12.30 End of the session

09.00 High efficiency – low emissions

Session co-organised with Bios Bioenergiesysteme (in English only)

09.00 Welcome

  • Keynotes and introduction to the EU project "UltraLowDust" (FP7)
    Ingwald Obernberger, Bios Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • State-of-the-art of small-scale biomass combustion
    Thomas Brunner, Graz University of Technology, Austria

  • Emission limits, measurement methods & factors influencing emissions
    Hans Hartmann, Technologie- und Förderzentrum, Germany

Technologies and results achieved by the EU project "UltraLowDust"

  • New ultra-low emission wood pellet and wood chip boiler technology
    JĂŒrgen Brandt, Windhager, Austria
    Thomas Brunner, Graz University of Technology, Austria

  • New low emission logwood stove
    Marie-Laure Rabot-Querci, Supra, France
    Christian Schraube, EIFER, Germany

  • New rooftop small-scale electrostatic precipitator (ESP) technology
    Peter Launsky, Ruftec AG, Germany
    Heike Oehler, Technologie- und Förderzentrum, Germany

  • Contribution of ultra-low emission technologies to pollutant reductions in the EU & policies for market transformation
    Thomas Götz, Wuppertal Institute, Germany

  • Discussion & closing remarks
    Ingwald Obernberger, Bios Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

13.00 End of the European Pellet Conference

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Pellets - a sustainable fuel!

Pellets are a clean, CO2 neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares worldwide. The European Pellet Conference 2014 in Wels/Austria will provide in-depth information on pellet innovation, market and policy 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 is the largest annual pellet event in the world.

The European Pellet Conference 2014 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
  • new business opportunities and exchange of experience among experts
  • a major trade show, the "Energiesparmesse", on sustainable energy with more than 100 pellet-related exhibitors

The European Pellet Conference 2014 offeres a range of interesting sessions and events:

  • Plenary sessions
    presentations on policies, markets, innovation, sustainability, supply etc.
  • World Pellet Business & Technology Forum
    market place for product and service innovation, business models and finance
  • Pellet B2B-Meetings
    finding new business partners in bilateral meetings
  • 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) - more information
  • WSED next Biomass
    a conference 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 - more information