European Pellet Conference 2019



26 - 28  February  2019

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

Programme "European Pellet Conference" (pdf)

Conference fees:

  • 310 Euro for the European Pellet Conference and the Site Visits (includes the Young Biomass Researchers Conference), (26 - 28 February)
  • 215 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (includes the Young Biomass Researchers Conference), (27 - 28 February)
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 450 participants each year, it is the largest annual pellet event worldwide.

This meeting place for the global pellet community offers a great opportunity to get informed about current trends in the pellet and bioenergy world. In just 2.5 days, the event offers delegates:
  • a series of sessions delivering the latest news about markets, technologies and policies
  • a full-day of technical site visits on fuels, equipment and exemplary installations
  • a major tradeshow on renewable energy with over 100 pellet-related exhibitors

Meet. Learn. See. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

08.30 - 19.00 Technical Site Visits: Pellets & wood chips

A full day of technical site visits about fuels, equipment and exemplary installations. Hands-on experience and information directly from technology suppliers and plant operators.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

09.00 What‘s next for pellets?

With the Clean Energy Package, Europe is entering a new era in the energy transition: the new regulatory framework is changing Europe's energy markets. We show what this means for pellets and where we currently stand.

  • Opening and welcome
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • The "Clean Energy Package": What‘s new for bioenergy?
    Robert Kaukewitsch, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Pellets in Europe - market update
    Gilles Gauthier, Bioenergy Europe / European Pellet Council

  • Sustainable bioenergy around the globe
    Maria Michela Morese, United Nations (FAO) / Global Bioenergy Partnership

  • Other renewables and energy efficiency - friends or competitors of pellets?
    Lukas Kranzl, Technische Universität Vienna, Austria

11.00 Leadership panel: Securing the role of pellets in the energy transition

Without biomass, the energy transition will not be possible! Decision-makers from along the pellet supply chain discuss how we can jointly strengthen the role of pellets in this global transformation process. 

  • Stefan Ortner
    ÖkoFEN, Austria

  • Marco Palazzetti
    Gruppo Palazzetti, Italy

  • Johan Granath
    Ekman & Co, Sweden

  • Helmut Schellinger
    Schellinger KG, Germany

  • Adam Sherman
    Biomass Energy Resource Center, USA

  • Volker Lenz
    DBFZ (German Biomass Research Centre), Germany

  • Gilles Gauthier
    Bioenergy Europe/European Pellet Council

  • Christiane Egger
    OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Lunch break

 14.30 Pellet Innovation Panorama

The energy transition offers many opportunities for new solutions, products and services – also in the pellet sector.
In this session, a variety of examples demonstrate the wide range of possibilities.

  • Pellet innovations from Upper Austria applied worldwide
    Werner Emhofer, Fröling, Austria
    Gottfried Baumann-Leitner, Windhager, Austria
  • A strategic approach to fibre supply
    Shawn Bells, Operations for Pacific BioEnergy, Canada

  • Mobilising wood for bioenergy
    Richard Sikkema, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands

  • Pea starch as an additive in pellet production
    Magnus Ståhl, Karlstad University, Sweden

  • Combined production of second generation ethanol and lignin pellets
    Xavier Duret, Résolve Énergie, Canada

  • Wood pellet breakage during pneumatic delivery processes
    Julian Jägers, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • The new safety and storage standard
    Hans Martin Behr, Deutsches Pelletinstitut, Germany

  • Microscale CHP with a fluidised bed stirling engine
    Tanja Schneider, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

  • Pellets from different raw materials
    Tanmay Kotasthane, Trimurti Womens College of Science, India

  • Silometric - a sensor system for pellet silos
    Alexandre Llusera Paredes, MC Systems, Spain

  • Mobile pellet heating systems
    Ivo Bucher, Pellet-Mobil, Switzerland

  • A "pellet torch"
    Tobias Mücke, Mücke Ambiente, Germany

  • Bioflex: combustion of challenging biomass fuels
    Ingwald Obernberger, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • Refawood: Reducing ash-related operational problems during combustion
    Susanne Paulrud, RISE Research Institute of Sweden

19.00 Evening programme

09.30 What‘s new on European and global pellet markets

  • Opening
    Gordon Murray, on behalf of the European Pellet Council

  • Baltic countries: update from the North
    Didzis Palejs, Latvian Biomass Association / Bioenergy Europe

  • Canada: "Vision Biomasse Québec"
    John W. Arsenault, Quebec Wood Export Bureau / Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • UK: insights into the future pellet market
    Neil Harrison, reheat/Wood Heat Association, UK

  • Spain: increasing opportunities
    Pablo Rodero, AVEBIOM, Spain

  • China: pellet production and consumption
    Dou Kejun, China National Renewable Energy Center

  • Germany: consumer satisfaction from 20 years of pellet use
    Martin Bentele, DEPV, Germany

  • Switzerland: new pellet projects
    Martina Caminada,, Switzerland

  • Sweden: competitiveness of pellets
    Gustav Melin, SVEBIO

  • Austria: update on the pellet market
    Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria

  • Italy: the world‘s largest residential pellet user
    Matteo Favero, AIEL, Italy

  • Turkey: a market for pellets?
    Tanay Sidki Uyar, World Bioenergy Association, Turkey

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

12.30 End of the session

09.30 Solutions for the combustion of challenging biomass fuels

  • Introduction to the ERA-NET project "BIOFLEX"
    Ingwald Obernberger, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme,Austria

  • Fuel design concepts to reduce ash relatedproblems and emissions – experiences from singlepellet combustion tests
    Christoffer Boman, Umeå University, Sweden

  • Combustion tests with kaolin additivated fuels inresidential boilers
    Robert Mack, Technology and Support Centre (TFZ),Germany

  • Modeling fixed-bed pellet combustion of fuels ofvarying ash contents
    Henrik Ström, Chalmers University of Technology,Sweden

  • Use of non-wood pellets in adapted small-scale boilers
    Thomas Brunner, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • Burner design for difficult pulverised biomass fuels
    Pawel Bocian, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland

  • Guidelines for fuel design
    Christoffer Boman, Umeå University, Sweden

  • Guidelines for advanced furnace/boiler design
    Thomas Brunner, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

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

This session is organised as part of the ERA-NETBioenergy project "BIOFLEX" in cooperation with BIOS:

12.30 End of the session

09.30 Reducing ash-related problems during combustion

  • REFAWOOD project overview
    Susanne Paulrud, RISE Research Institute of Sweden

  • Elemental approaches to additives: mechanisms and dosage
    Anna Strandberg, Umeå University, Sweden

  • Impact of additives in small-scale combustion of pelletised low quality wood
    Thomas Zeng, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), Germany

  • Reducing downtime with additives in large-scale biomass combustion
    Peter Sommersacher, BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria

  • The effect of additives on boiler corrosion
    Martin de Jong, Dekra Solutions, The Netherlands

  • Forest residues and additives in a medium scale CHP-plant – legal framework
    Magdalena Sajdak/Wojciech Cichy, Wood Technology Institute, Poland

  • Waste wood combustion: environmental consequences of using low-cost additives
    Blanca Corona, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • Economic consequences of low cost additives
    Alwin Hoogendoorn, Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Sara Janhäll, RISE Research Institute of Sweden

This session is organised as part of the ERA-NET Bioenergy project "REFAWOOD":

12.30 End of the session