European Pellet Conference 2016



24 - 25 February 2016

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

Programme "European Pellet Conference 2016" (pdf)

Conference fees:

  • 290 Euro for the European Pellet Conference with Site Visits (includes the Young Researchers Conference: Biomass), (23 - 25 Feb. 2016)
  • 200 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (includes the Young Researchers Conference: Biomass), (24 - 25 Feb. 2016)

All fees include an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT
Conference languages: 

English, German

Organisation and conference office: 

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

With more than 600 participants every year, the European Pellet Conference held in Wels is the largest annual pellet event in the world.

  • World Pellet Business & Technology Forum
  • Pellet Market News Worldwide
  • Pellet Technology Outlook
  • Pellet Business Cooperation Platform
  • Technical Site Visits: Pellets & Wood Chips
  • Poster Presentation


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

08.30 - 18.00: Technical Site VisitsSite 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, 24 February 2016

09.00 Pellet policies and markets

  • Opening & welcome
    Michael Strugl, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • The role of bioenergy in the Energy Union
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy

  • EU bioenergy - market trends and policies
    Fanny-Pomme Langue, AEBIOM

  • Ecodesign requirements and labelling for biomass heating
    Alexander Weissinger, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

The role of bioenergy in the bioeconomy

  • Global potentials and developments
    Hubert Röder, Wissenschaftszentrum Straubing, Germany

  • From innovation to market - biomass in Upper Austria
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • An effective strategy for regional economic development
    Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center, USA

Lunch break

Panel discussion:
Pellets - facts vs. fiction

  • Chairperson: Tim Portz, BBI International

  • Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association, Canada
  • Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany
  • Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN, Austria
  • Francisco Puente, ESCAN, Spain

Successful business models

  • How to improve the profitability of a pellet business
    Henrik Arfwidsson, Agroenergi Neova Pellets, Sweden

  • Financing and operating pellet facilities in Europe and the US
    José Ignacio Pedrajas, Prodesa North America, USA

  • Risk management with wood pellet future contracts
    Ulrich von Fürstenberg, Euronext, France

World Pellet Technology Forum

  • Technology outlook: pellet heating of the future
    Ingwald Obernberger, Bios Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • Comparison of soft and hard wood pellet production
    Peter Lange, CPM Europe, NL

  • "New" pellet fibers require new technologies
    Gregor Rinke, Rinke Engineering, Germany

  • Reducing ash content in pellet production
    Ivan Lipovec, PAL, Italy

19.00 Evening programme

Thursday, 25 February 2016

09.30 Session: Pellet Technology Outlook - a research update (in English only)
09.30 Session: Pellet Market News Worldwide (in English only)

09.30 Pellet Technology Outlook - a research update (in English only)

  • Optimisation of cereal straw torrefaction and pelletisation
    Javier Gil Barnó, CENER, Spain

  • BRISK: combustion characteristics of "HTC pellets" and "vineyard pruning pellets"
    Stefan Retschitzegger, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • BeReal: a test method for pellet stoves reflecting real life operation
    Hans Hartmann, TFZ Bayern, Germany

  • EMPYRO: energy and materials from pyrolysis
    Gerhard Muggen, BTG-BTL, NL

  • ENERCOM: polygenerating energy, fuels and fertiliser
    Thorsten Kläs, Soil-Concept, Luxembourg

  • LogisTEC: innovation in biomass supply chains
    Michiel C. Carbo, ECN, NL

  • SECTOR: final results and torrefaction outlook
    Kay Schaubach, DBFZ, Germany

12.30 End of the session

09.30 Pellet Market News Worldwide (in English only)

  • Chairperson: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • Opening
    Gilles Gauthier, European Pellet Council
  • Price differences and international trade with household pellets
    Lukas Kranzl, Energy Economics Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Canada: wood pellet industry update
    Michele Rebiere, Viridis Energy
  • US: old challenges, new opportunities
    Ben Bell-Walker, Biomass Thermal Energy Council

  • India: increasing opportunities in emerging markets
    Suhas Patel, Saurashtra Agro Briquettes

  • Germany: responding to weak markets
    Martin Bentele, DEPV

  • UK: boom and bust - the pellet boiler market
    Neil Harrison, re:heat

  • Spain: campaign "Biomass in your home"
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, AVEBIOM

  • Romania: potentials for pellets and briquettes
    Dorin Sfaca, Romanian Pellets and Briquettes Association

  • Namibia: biomass opportunities
    Dr. Bruce Brewer, CCF Bush

12.30 End of the session

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