European Pellet Conference 2018



28 February – 1 March 2018

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria
Conference fee:
  • 300 Euro for the European Pellet Conference and the Site Visits (includes the Young Biomass Researchers Conference), (27 February - 1 March 2018)
  • 210 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (includes the Young Biomass Researchers Conference), (28 February - 1 March 2018)
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
  With more than 500 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
  • Technical Site Visits: Pellets & Wood Chips
  • Poster Presentation

Meet. Learn. See. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 3 March 2020

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, 4 March 2020

09.00 Strategy session: No energy transition without pellets!

In 2020, many strategic decisions for the energy transition will be taken. It is essential to position pellets as an important solution of climate policy. We show how this could be done.

  • Opening and welcome
    Andreas Rabl, Mayor, City of Wels, Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • How can bioenergy profit from the Green Deal?
    Giulio Volpi, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Update on European pellet markets
    Gilles Gauthier, Bioenergy Europe / European Pellet Council
  • Goodbye oil, hello pellets!
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Blockchain for pellets – transparency and sustainability
    Thomas Meth, Enviva, USA
  • The new wood heat scenario
    Christoph Schmidl, BEST, Austria

11.00 Panel: Pellets – winners or losers of the climate crisis?

There is a heated debate around the role of pellets in the energy transition. Leading international experts share their views and insights on burning topics regarding the future of pellets and the development of pellet markets. 

  • Stefan Wittkopf
    Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Martin Hackl
    Fronius International, Austria
  • Mihkel Jugaste
    AS Graanul Invest, Estonia
  • Eric Vial
    Propellet France
  • Richard Peberdy
    Drax Group, UK

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Lunch break

14.00 Pellets in action: Best practice session

In this session, we showcase innovative pellet technologies, projects and financing solutions from around the globe.

  • Commercial scale projects: solutions from Upper Austria
    Anton Hofer, Hargassner, Austria
    Werner Emhofer, Fröling, Austria
    Gottfried Baumann-Leitner, Windhager, Austria
  • Three decades as a pellet manufacturer
    Bruce Lisle, Energex Corporation, USA
  • Trading Biomass like Electricity: Baltpool Biomass Exchange
    Andrius Smaliukas, Baltpool, Lithuania
  • Pellet heat contracting – financing and operating biomass installations
    Siegfried Aigner, Aigner Energie Contracting, Austria
  • Pellet technologies for industrial decarbonisation
    Alexander Van Heuverswyn, Petrobio, Sweden
  • US bionenergy innovations
    Julie Tucker, U.S. Forest Service, USA

16.30 Pellet Innovation Circle

Learn about new results from R&D projects and pellet technologies for tomorrow! Hear from start-ups what they have in store for the pellet market!

  • Novel concept for the pre-treatment of cereal straw
    Javier Gil Barnó, CENER, Spain
  • Lignin pellets from poplar wood and corn stover
    Sergio Andrés Jaimes Rueda, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Low energy production of standardised pellets
    Tobias Distler, Amandus Kahl, Germany
  • Micro pellet CHP with reversible ORC
    Maximilian Weitzer, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Novel plasma device for reducing emissions
    Adam Harvey, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK
  • Development of biomass briquettes and stoves in China
    Guangqing Liu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Start-Up Session

  • The BTC technology
    Henrik Båge, Phoenix BioPower, Sweden
  • Barbecue pellets made from Jim Beam Bourbon barrels
    Kenny Lisle, Energex Corporation, USA
  • Mobile pellet logistics
    Patrick Grob, Waldenergie AG, Switzerland

19.00 Evening programme

Thursday, 5 March 2020

09.30 Market Update Session: What‘s new in Europe and globally?

  • Opening
    Gordon Murray, on behalf of the European Pellet Council
  • Sweden: pellets for industry
    Fredrik Zetterlund, Svebio (Swedish Bioenergy Association)
  • Spain: biomass quality control
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, AVEBIOM
  • Switzerland: social media activities – new challenges
    Martina Caminada,
  • Finland: medium and large scale pellet heating plants
    Hannes Tuohiniitty, The Bioenergy Association of Finland
  • Austria: revival of the pellet market
    Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria
  • Germany: market support for the "terminating oil" strategy
    Martin Bentele, DEPV
  • UK: how biomass helps the UK meet its GHG targets
    Adam Brown, Energy Insights
  • Ukraine: status and prospects
    Sofiia Levinska, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine
  • Brazil: insights into the pellet market
    Afonso Bertucci, Braspell Bioenergia
  • South Africa: biomass market in the Western Cape region
    Yaseen Salie, GreenCape
  • Vietnam: market outlook
    William Strauss, FutureMetrics
  • China: clean heating for rural China
    Ming Shan, Tsinghua University

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

13.00 End of the session