European Pellet Conference


Tuesday, 22 June 2021


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstraße 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

and online


English, German

Bioenergy for a green recovery!

What is it all about?

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. It offers a series of sessions presenting the latest trends about markets, policies and technologies.

Hybrid Event:

  • Online participation from anywhere in the world
  • On-site participation: following COVID rules in place at the time of the event, registered participants will receive detailed guidance prior to the event.

Why pellets?

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are at the core of Europe’s commitment to a clean energy transition. Biomass is a cornerstone for the success of this transformation in Europe and globally. Pellets are a clean, CO2-neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares worldwide.

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 30 Euro (online and presence) for the European Pellet Conference (22 June)
  • 70 Euro (online and presence) for all WSED conferences (21 - 25 June)

All fees include conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT.


22 June


09.00 Strategy session: A green recovery with bioenergy

Learn how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how the pellet sector can profit from this deep transformation! We present the policies, technologies and markets that can get us there!

  • Opening and welcome
    Silvia Huber, Vice Mayor, City of Wels, Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • The role of bioenergy in the EU energy and climate policies
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Update on European pellet markets
    Gilles Gauthier, Bioenergy Europe / European Pellet Council
  • Best Young Biomass Researcher Award
  • A global look at bioenergy
    Bharadwaj Kummamuru, World Bioenergy Association
  • A green recovery with pellets - a business perspective
    Thomas Meth, Enviva, USA


11.00 Driving out 17 million oil heating systems in the EU

There are still 17 million oil heating systems in the EU emitting over 150 million tonnes of CO2 every year. Pellets can play a key role in phasing out fossil fuels. This session presents concrete examples and solutions on how to make this happen.

  • Ambitious policies and programmes for phasing out oil-heating
    • Upper Austria: Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband
    • Germany: Martin Bentele, Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband (DEPV)
    • France: Axel Richard, SER/Flamme Verte
  • Addressing the air quality challenge: flameless pellet combustion
    Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN, Austria
  • New approaches in ensuring pellet supply: Biomass Exchange
    Andrius Smaliukas, Baltpool, Lithuania
  • How can digitisation help?
    Volker Lenz, German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), Germany


14.00 World of Pellets Session

Leading experts from around the world share their views and insights on the development of pellet markets, which topics are key, and where. They provide market updates and outlooks.

  • Opening
    Gordon Murray, on behalf of the European Pellet Council
  • Spain
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, AVEBIOM / European Pellet Council
  • Italy
    Matteo Favero, AIEL
  • Russia
    Olga Rakitova, Infobio
  • South Africa
    Yaseen Salie, GreenCape
  • China
    Ming Shan, Tsinghua University

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada


15.30 Pellet Innovation Factory

Learn about innovative technologies, projects and solutions for pellets across the bioenergy value chain!

  • Innovations from Upper Austria: mass roll-out of pellet heating
    • Gottfried Baumann-Leitner, Windhager Zentralheizung, Austria
    • Werner Emhofer, Fröling, Austria
  • Digitising the pellet supply chain for more efficiency
    Lina Emilsson, MCD, Sweden
  • Increasing drying process efficiency with heat pumps
    Alessandro Guercio, Guercio Energy & Environment/Turboden, Italy
  • Novel technology for producing high quality straw pellets
    Javier Gil Barnó, CENER, Spain
  • Understanding decision making processes for pellet boiler investments
    Neil Harrison, re:heat, UK
  • A container solution for pellet production
    Christophe Garnier, Prodesa, France
  • Quality range and combustion behaviour of ENplus A1 certified pellets
    Robert Mack, Technology and Support Centre (TFZ), Germany
  • Developing marginal land for bioenergy
    Péter Gyuris, Geonardo Environmental Technologies, Hungary
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