European Pellets Conference



25 - 26 February 2015

Stadthalle, Pollheimer Strasse 1,
4600 Wels/Upper Austria

Conference fees:

  • 280 Euro for the European Pellet Conference with Site Visits (includes also the Young Researchers' Conference: Biomass), (24 - 26 Feb. 2015)
  • 195 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (includes also the Young Researchers' Conference: Biomass), (25 - 26 Feb. 2015)

All fees include 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

  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 B2B Meetings
  • Pellet Networking Platform
  • Technical Site Visits: Pellets and Wood Chips
  • Poster Presentation


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

08.30 - 18.00:<link>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, 25 February 2015

09.00 Changing market structures for pellets

  • Opening & welcome
    Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Recent developments in European bioenergy policies
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Global challenges and opportunities for bioenergy
    Adam Brown, International Energy Agency

  • Analysis of pellet market structures
    Gabor Gafka, Pöyry Management Consulting, Germany

  • Energy resilience through biomass in South America, Africa and Central Asia
    Francisco X. Aguilar, University of Missouri, USA

Round-table: How to make pellets more competitive

  • Chairperson: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

  • James Griffiths, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Switzerland
  • Gilles Gauthier, AEBIOM
  • Tim Knoop, Viridis Energy, Canada
  • Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Gregor Rinke, Seeger Engineering, Germany

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Getting the message across - marketing & branding

  • Promoting pellet stoves
    Marco Palazzetti, Gruppo Palazzetti, Italy

  • Comprehensive communication strategy of a pellet manufacturer
    Markus Mann, Westerwälder Holzpellets, Germany

  • Successfully marketing pellets
    Johan Granath, Ekman & Co, Sweden

  • Branding ENplus
    Marcos Martín Larrañaga, AVEBIOM

  • Communicating biomass heating
    Emanuel Wagner, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, USA

World Pellet Business & Technology Forum

  • Torrefaction technologies - status update
    Jaap Koppejan, Procede Biomass, The Netherlands

  • The new VDI pellet storage guideline
    Hans Martin Behr, German Pellet Institute (DEPI), Germany

  • Worldwide examples of pellet production plants using ORC
    Alessandro Guercio, Turboden, Italy

  • Challenges of transporting pellets to different markets
    Michael Christensen, CM Biomass Partners, Denmark

  • Ceramic lubricants for pellet mills
    Holger Streetz, BVG Vertriebsgesellschaft AG, Switzerland

Pellet Networking Platform

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

19.00 Evening programme

Thursday, 26 February 2015

08.20 - 10.00 Pellet B2B-Meetings
Finding new business partners in bilateral meetings (pre-registration for meetings is required, see <link>"B2B-Meetings")

09.30 Session: <link>Pellet Market News Worldwide
09.30 Session: <link>Pellet Technology Update

09.30 Pellet Market News Worldwide

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

  • European pellet market overview
    Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria

  • UK: update on the renewable heat incentive
    Bruno Prior, Forever Fuels

  • Germany: responding to weak markets
    Martin Bentele, DEPV

  • Sweden: finding new markets for pellets
    Bengt-Erik Löfgren, ÄFAB

  • Baltic States: production and markets
    Didzis Palejs, LatBio, Latvia

  • Russia: new markets and opportunities
    Olga Rakitova, The Bioenergy International

  • China: current situation and development trends
    Dou Kejun, China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC)

12.30 End of the session

09.30 Pellet technology update

Pellet research and innovative technologies (in English only)


Latest results from research projects

  • BioMaxEff: annual efficiency and emissions of pellet boilers - test stand and field results
    Christoph Schmidl, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • Smart residential heat: optimising annual efficiency of pellet boilers
    Ingwald Obernberger, Bios Bioenergiesysteme, Austria

  • BioBoost: converting residual biomass to a high energy density carrier
    Nicolaus Dahmen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

  • AshMelT: an ash melting test for biomass fuels
    Josef Rathbauer, BLT Wieselburg, Francisco Josephinum, Austria

  • SMELL: malodorous emissions from wood pellets
    Barbara Pöllinger-Zierler, Technical University Graz, Austria

Technology news from Upper Austrian network partners

  • BioWIN 2 - low dust and high efficiency pellet boiler technology
    Jürgen Brandt, Windhager

  • Electricity-producing pellet boiler - pilot phase results and next steps
    Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN

  • Heat and power from wood pellets
    Werner Emhofer, Fröling

  • Nano-PK - a highly compact pellet boiler
    Florian Haslinger, Hargassner

12.30 End of the European Pellet Conference

14.00 - 16.00 Project workshops (research projects)

  • <link http: wp-content uploads workshop-on-the-results-of-the-ashmelt-project_wsed-final.pdf _blank>AshMelT
  • <link http: veranstaltungen-und-bildung tagungen-und-vortraege workshop-smart-residential-heat _blank>Smart residential heat (in German only)
  • <link http: trac.fcgi wiki bioboostwsed _blank>BioBoost

17.00 -18.00 B2B Expo Visits

Please also see the related events:

  • <link>Young Researchers': Biomass
  • <link>B2B Meetings
  • <link>Technical Site Visit