European Pellet Conference 2017



1 - 2 March 2017

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

Programme "European Pellet Conference 2017" (pdf)

Conference fees:

  • 300 Euro for the European Pellet Conference and the Site Visits (includes the Young Researchers Conference: Biomass), (28 February - 2 March 2017)
  • 205 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (includes the Young Researchers Conference: Biomass), (1 - 2 March 2017)
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 Business Cooperation Platform
  • Technical Site Visits: Pellets & Wood Chips
  • Poster Presentation


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

08.30 - 19.00 Technical Site Visits: Pellets & Wood Chips
A full-day trip by bus with technical site visits on fuels and installations

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

09.00 Opening & welcome

  • Michael Strugl, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
  • Andreas Rabl, Mayor, City of Wels, Austria
  • Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

Pellet policies and markets

  • Bioenergy in the EU "Clean Energy Package"
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy

  • The European pellet market – status quo and outlook
    Gilles Gauthier, AEBIOM

  • Effective policy mechanisms for pellets in Europe
    Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy & Technology, UK

  • Smart bioenergy – the role of pellets in the new energy system
    Volker Lenz, DBFZ (German Biomass Research Centre), Germany

  • Pellets for smart buildings
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Biomass CHP – innovation from Upper Austria
    Ernst Höftberger, bioenergy2020+, Austria

Lunch break

14.00 Biomass CHP – innovation from Upper Austria

  • Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN
  • Anton Hofer, Hargassner
  • Wolfgang Aichinger, Fröling
  • Hans-Jürgen Brandt, Frauscher Thermal Motors

World Pellet Business & Technology Forum

  • Challenges in pelletising different raw materials
    Werner Sitzmann, Amandus Kahl, Germany

  • Material changes during steam explosion of bark
    Peter Björklund, Valmet AB, Sweden

  • The range of the pellet quality class A1 – worldwide
    Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany

  • Pellets from scrubs
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, Avebiom, Spain

  • Successful bioheat projects in educational and commercial buildings
    Mark Froling, Froling Energy, USA

  • Cost-benefit analysis of technologies to reduce fine dust
    Hubert Röder, Wissenschaftszentrum Straubing, Germany

  • The gamut of bioenergy: from first nations to the oil industry
    Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources, Canada

Pellet Business Cooperation Platform

19.00 Evening programme

Thursday, 2 March 2017

09.30 Session: Pellet Market News Worldwide (in English only)
09.30 Session: New micro- and small-scale biomass CHP technologies (in English only)

09.30 Pellet Market News Worldwide
Updates and outlook on European and global markets (in English only)

  • Chairperson: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • Austria: initiatives to develop non-domestic use of pellets
    Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria

  • Germany: the energy transition in the heat market
    Martin Bentele, DEPV

  • UK: opportunities and threats
    Mark Lebus, LC Energy

  • Baltic countries: update on Baltic pellet production
    Didzis Palejs, Latvian Biomass Association

  • Norway: challenges of a small pellet market
    Martin Kristensen, Norsk Bioenergiforening

  • Canada: home market and export trends
    Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • Japan: the dilemma of feed-in tariffs and heat markets
    Kenichiro Kojima, Pellet Club

  • Chile: markets and technologies
    Laura Azócar Ulloa, Universidad de La Frontera

  • Tasmania & Australia: challenges and experiences
    Mervyn Jones, Wood Pellets Tasmania

13.00 End of the session

09.30 New micro- and small-scale biomass CHP technologies (in English only)

  • Introduction ER A-NET project "Small-scale biomass based CHP"
    Ingwald Obernberger, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • New micro-CHP technology for pellet stoves with a thermoelectric generator
    Gerhard Weiß, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • New micro-CHP technology for small-scale pellet boilers with an Organic Rankine Cycle
    Paul Roßmann, Technologie- und Förderzentrum, Germany / Jürgen Fernengel, Orcan Energy, Germany

Small-scale CHP system based on a micro-gas turbine

  • Overall concept
    Anders Hjörnhede, Research Institutes of Sweden

  • Numerical modelling and experimental investigation of a high-temperature heat exchanger
    Pawel Bocian, Institute of Power Engineering, Thermal Processes Department, Poland

  • Ash related issues in indirectly-fired gas turbines with biomass fuels
    Marcus Öhman, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

  • Discussion, conclusions and outlook
    Ingwald Obernberger, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

This session is organised as part of the ERA-NET project: "Small-scale BM based CHP" in cooperation with BIOS:

12.30 End of the session

Please also see the related events: