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In-depth learning opportunities tailored to meet your personal business objectives

Maximise your time out of the office by signing up for one of the following:

Each stream will be followed by an ice-breaker drinks reception for the full conference delegation in the Harvest/ Wellington Suite

 Pre-Conference Day: Tuesday 5 April 2016
Option 1: Premium Pellet Focus Day (9.30 - 17.00)

9.30 – 10.00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks on prospects and realities for the premium pellet market
Christian Rakos, Director, European Pellet Council 

10.00 – 10.20 Italy
Annalisa Paniz, Director, AIEL

10.20 – 11.00
Morning Coffee 

11.00 – 11.20 UK 

Edward Billington, Strategy Director, Billington Bioenergy 

11.20 – 11.40 France

Hugues de Cherisey, Director-General, SNPGB

11.40 – 12.00 Germany and Austria
Christian Rakos, Director, European Pellet Council 

12.00 – 12.20 Scandinavia
Bengt-Erik Löfgren, President, Swedish Pellet Association

12.20 – 13.40
Networking Lunch

13.40 – 14.00 A view from the Russian market 
Rens Hartkamp, Sustainability Manager, CM Biomass

14.00 – 14.20 Production developments and challenges for biomass producers in Latvia
Didzis Palejs
, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Biomass Association 

14.20 – 14.50
Afternoon Coffee

14.50 - 16.00 Panel discussion: What are the key challenges facing the residential market? 
  • How are pellets competing with heating oil and alternative fuels?
  • Methods to increase liquidity, even during mild winters
  • What are the fiscal challenges facing the premium pellet market?
  • Is the transportation network adequate to get supply to the market?
  • How do the industrial and premium pellet markets interact and will there be further convergence?
Moderated by Arnold Dale, Vice-President Bioenergy, Ekman & Co.
Hugues de Cherisey, Director-General, SNPGB
Edward Billington, Strategy Director, Billington Bioenergy
Michael Christensen, Trader, CM Biomass Partners
Paolo Perini, Chief Executive, Segatifruili

16.00 - 17.00 Closing round-tables
Join delegates for informal interactive discussions led by conference speakers on topics raised throughout the day

17.00 - 17.10 Closing remarks

This will be followed by ice-breaker drinks for the full conference delegation in the Harvest/ Wellington Suite

Option 2: Logistics and Technical Stream

New for 2016, this stream will provide an opportunity for delegates to dig deeper into the operational aspects of the biomass supply chain. Experienced leaders will guide participants through a series of discussion, case studies and scenarios examining the operational and technical considerations as well as the risks from forest to furnace.

Who should attend?

  • Engineering companies;
  • Project managers
  • Heads of Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Handling and Logistics companies 


9.30 – 10.15 Introduction and key considerations for participants in the biomass market

  • Key components of the biomass supply chain - manufacture, trade and consumption
  • A focus on offtake agreements, fibre supply and other factors to consider
  • Cost efficiencies and risk management for counter parties

Bill Strauss, President and Founder, FutureMetrics
John Swaan, Senior Associate, FutureMetrics

10.15 – 11.00 Moderated round table discussions and interactive case study

11.00 – 11.30 Morning Break

11.30 – 12.00 Optimising wood pellet plant operations

  • Owning Safety – how safety enhances production and quality
  • Operational Key Performance Indicators – Understanding what matters from plant start up to day to day running
  • Managing Performance – as it relates to inbound fibre and end customer needs

Scott Bax, Senior Vice-President Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

12.00 – 12.30 Small working group activity and feedback to the wider group

12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 – 14.45 Achieving operational excellence and firing biomass for power cost-effectively

Yves Ryckmans, CTO, Laborelec
Gerry Riley, Principal Fuels and Combustion Engineer, RJM International 

14.45 – 15.15 Afternoon Break

15.15 – 16.00 Small working group activity and feedback to the wider group

16.00 – 16.30 Wrap-up of the day’s presentations

This will be followed by ice-breaker drinks for the full conference delegation in the Harvest/ Wellington Suite

Option 3: Introductory Workshop (9.30 - 17.00)

Hosted by Michael Wild, W&P and IBTC and Gernot Stadlober, Stadlober

This workshop is an interactive crash course for newcomers to the biomass sector, who will gain the necessary knowledge to make the most of the following main two days of the conference as well as be better prepared to undertake their own activities in the biomass markets.

Who should attend?
From project developers, traders and brokers to distributors or consumers of wood pellets, this workshop will bring synergy to the different elements along the value chain connect the dots to form the bigger biomass market picture.

What will you learn?
  • From the very basics of biomass via the discussion of  processing and consumption technologies the aspects of biomass trading will be reached and discussed in detail
  • Established and new trading mechanisms, contractual terms, price formation and the ever changing framework conditions will be examined
With contributions from:
  • Martin Englisch, Institut für Bioenergie  
  • Roland Kasmanhuber, TECCON 
  • Vincent Roiron, Euronext
  • Yves Ryckmans, LABORELEC
  • Jean Michel Sylvestre, Charmont Investments 
The workshop will cover:
  • Solid biomass, the very basics
  • Understanding versus definitions 
  • The physics, chemistry and measurment 
  • Common problems, misunderstandings, misinterpretation
Industry overview:
  • An introduction to the international biomass market
  • The fundamentals and economics of biomass trade
Morning Coffee 

Technical focus
  • From feedstock to tradeable products 
  • Techonolgies and economics of biomass processing
  • Requirements by the heating market applications
  • Requirements of the power plants and industrial applications 
Networking Lunch

Trading focus:
  • The biomass supply chain and key risk mitigation strategies
  • Quality issues and failures and necessary documentation
  • Challenges with transporting and handling pellets
  • Contracts and contractual terms
  • Typical costs along the supply chain
  • Market prices and  new trading instruments
Afternoon Coffee

Other key areas to be addressed:
  • The regulatory landscape and commercial implications on the industry
  • Overview of how the industrial and domestic markets interact
  • Sustainability: Key criteria and evaluations schemes

This will be followed by ice-breaker drinks for the full conference delegation in the Harvest/ Wellington Suite

Feedback from last year's pre-conference day:

"Thanks for this interesting conference. It was very informative from a premium market perspective.” Annalisa Paniz, Manager AIEL

"What a great idea to add the premium pellet focus day. I found it very valuable. Makes the trip overseas very worthwhile.Scott Bax, Senior VP, Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

"Good session which helped layout the fundamentals of the global biomass markets." Corbbit Simmons, Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions, Hancock Natural Resource Group

 To register for the pre-conference day, select the "3 day pass" on the registration page. You will then be able to select one of the options above.

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