European Pellet Conference


Wednesday, 1 March 2023


Stadthalle, Pollheimerstraße 1,
4600 Wels/Austria


English, German

What do we offer?

  • leading international conference
  • major tradeshow on renewable energy
  • networking opportunities for pellet actors along the value chain

2023: Pellets - clean and climate neutral

What is the European Pellet Conference?

The largest annual pellet event worldwide!
With more than 450 participants each year, it is the meeting place for the global pellet community. Leading international speakers present the latest trends in markets, policies, technologies and innovations – helping you stay on top of developments in the pellet and bioenergy world.

Pellets – clean and climate neutral! This is the focus of the 2023 edition of the European Pellet Conference. It shows the important role of pellets in responding to the energy crisis, and presents concrete policies, technologies and markets for securing our clean energy future. The event is part of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED), a leading annual conference on the energy transition and climate neutrality.

Why pellets?

The price crisis, climate crisis and threats to energy security urge us to act like never before. REPowerEU provides new momentum for the energy transition. As a CO2-neutral fuel, sustainable bioenergy is a key component in climate protection.

Find out more!

Conference Fees

  • 220 Euro for the European Pellet Conference (1 March)
  • 370 Euro for all WSED conferences (28 February - 3 March)

All fees include an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT.


1 March

09.00 Strategy Session: Pellets – clean and climate neutral

How to make the clean energy transition a reality as quickly as possible is presently at the top of the agenda. As a CO2-neutral fuel, pellets have a key role to play in decarbonising and securing our energy supply. This session presents the policy and market context for the transformation and provides insights on how to deal with the current challenges.

  • Opening and welcome
    Andreas Rabl, Mayor, City of Wels, Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Update on EU bioenergy policies
    European Commission, DG Energy
  • The 2022 Pellet Market Report
    Irene di Padua, Bioenergy Europe
  • Best Young Biomass Researcher Award
  • Mastering the renewable heat transition
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Facts, not fiction, on bioenergy from wood
    Dina Bacovsky, IEA Bioenergy

11.30 Panel: The future of wood pellets

Bioenergy from wood is currently under scrutiny. Issues of the debate include forest resilience, risks of deforestation, competing usages of wood residues, price issues, and security of supply. This session tackles these burning topics head on to demystify facts from fiction. Hear fact-based information from leading international experts.

  • Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Irene di Padua, Bioenergy Europe
  • Hubert Röder, HSWT - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN, Austria

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

13.00 Lunch and networking

14.15 Pellet Innovation Session

Learn about cutting-edge developments and R&D results in the pellets and bioenergy sector: technology innovations, improvements in fuels and system designs, and successful projects that fuel the clean energy transition.

  • Booming markets – growing companies  
    - Werner Emhofer, Fröling, Austria
    - Gottfried Baumann-Leitner, Windhager, Austria
    - Herbert Schwarz, MIB, Hargassner, Austria
  • Improving the quality of biomass fuels
    Agnieszka Drobniak, University of Silesia, Poland / Indiana University, USA
  • Reducing CO2 emissions from lubricants
    Alain Skrobala, Bathan AG, Switzerland
  • AgroBioHeat: examples from Spain
    Pablo Rodero Masdemont, AVEBIOM, Spain
  • Successful projects from the US Northeast
    Mark Froling, Froling Energy, USA
  • Pellet storage – trends and developments
    Raimon Dörr, Schellinger, Germany
  • Increasing fire safety in pellet plants
    Anders Bergström, Firefly, Sweden

Start-up Session

Innovative start-ups present what they have in store for the pellet market!

  • N2AIR for stove efficiency
    Jeremy Hugues Dit Ciles, N2AIR, France
  • MicroCHP with biochar production
    Fabio Pellegrini, KiRa Technology, Italy
  • Optimising biomass power plants through ultrasound
    Markus Loinig, Senzoro, Austria

16.30 World of Pellets Session

Moving forward with pellets! Get up-to-date information on pellet markets around the globe from international experts.

  • Opening
    Gordon Murray, on behalf of the European Pellet Council
  • A global look at bioenergy
    Bharadwaj Kummamuru, World Bioenergy Association
  • Germany
    Martin Bentele, Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband (DEPV)
  • Italy
    Matteo Favero, AIEL
  • Poland
    Adam Sarnaszek, BIOCONTROL
  • Malaysia
    David Wong, Rainbow Pellet

Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

18.00 Conference end

19.00 Evening programme

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