20 四月 - 22 四月 2020
London, UK

Argus Biomass

Alternative fuels mix focus day

Moving to a new fuels mix

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote address: Alternative fuel options and adapting business models
  • Looking at new trends and drivers towards alternative feedstock for fuel blending
  • What commodities are currently being sourced and tested in Europe?
  • What are the supply chain and feedstock availability issues and how can it be overcome?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Keynote panel discussion: The new feedstock landscape: What resources are available and how will they fill the pellet and wood chip supply gap?

This panel discussion will explore the current availability of alternative feedstocks including: agricultural residues, biogas, olive and sunflower husks. Identify cost competitiveness and the supply/demand landscape

  • What new feedstock potential is there in the market: what residues are available?
  • Where will new agricultural residues come from, and what’s the benefit of utilisation?
  • How can alternative feedstocks fit within current or new supply chains?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:00
  • Speed networking
Meet and greet everyone in the room with this quick-fire introduction exercise. Exchange your business cards and set up meetings for later in the show
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Morning coffee and networking

The economics of a new market and pricing levels

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Understanding the economics of alternative feedstock and understanding pricing levels
  • What does the economics look like and how does this differ to biomass?
  • How economically viable is the use of sunflower and olive husks based on current price?
  • Examining the influence of black pellets and biomass on price volatility

Mobilising feedstock and creating value chains

Start End
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Case study: Creating new supply chains by sourcing new feedstock
  • Identifying forestry activity globally and where new residues will be sourced from
  • Sourcing wood more locally and the impact on European-wide dynamics
  • How are import restrictions impacting sources for waste wood?
  • 12:30
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  • 13:30
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • A Port perspective: Increased demand for handling and blending
  • Where do we see growing interest for material handling and in which commodities?
  • What are the requirements for storage and how will cargoes perform under storage?
  • Examining different handling techniques for various feedstock including temperature monitoring

Sustainability

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • How do alternative fuels fit into sustainability and subsidy schemes?
  • Addressing sustainability developments and key challenges ahead
  • How are government bodies viewing sustainability in this new market?
  • Understanding waste classification systems and the impact on trade

Adapting blending options and technology

Start End
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Case study: Blending for production: Testing agricultural residues in the mix
  • Adapting the fuels mix to meet requirements and improve the cost base
  • What technical issues need to be addressed with power production?
  • Understanding how new fuels play a role in sustainability and CO2 reduction
  • 15:00
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  • 15:10
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:10
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  • 16:00
  • Interactive roundtables
Roundtable 1: What are the economic benefits of alternative feedstocks including sunflower and olive husks?

Roundtable 2: How the industry can create a new supply chain for alternative fuels

Roundtable 3: Movements in the bio-coal markets: Economics, viability and new technologies
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Panel discussion: Mobilising feedstock through technology and torrefaction
  • Unravelling the biocoal market and new opportunities through commercialisation
  • What new technologies are available that have made new fuel blends possible?
  • Understanding the economic benefits of biocoal compared to traditional pellets?
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • New technologies that recycle woody biomass into fuel
  • Exploring circulating fluidized bed technology that improves yield and reduces overall costs
  • Creating higher value-added products from lower cost feeds
  • Implementing state of the art, custom-made technologies designed for new blends

Wood chip focus day

Reviewing the current market dynamics of wood chips

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote address: Developments within the current wood chip market: How high will demand rise?
  • What are the demand drivers for increased consumption of wood chips including CHP projects?
  • Examining new trends within the wood chip market – where do we see new demand emerging from mid-sized players?
  • Changing sourcing strategies to meet new demand and sustainability hurdles faced
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Keynote panel discussion: Looking at the trading environment including demand dynamics, investments and sourcing strategies

Hear from trading experts on the supply/demand trends, how utilities are adapting their sourcing strategies and where we see new trading routes emerging

  • What does the current trading landscape in Europe look like?
  • How has supply demand trends impacted wood chip prices in the past?
  • How will the global landscape be shaped in the future – what new shipping routes will emerge?

  • 10:40
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  • 11:25
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:25
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  • 12:00
  • Case study: Investing in a new CHP plant and building a district heating network
  • Exploring the key drivers towards wood chip usage and future growth
  • Addressing new investments to improve operational efficiency
  • What new digital technologies are available for increased data utilisation?

Improving efficiencies across the supply chain and support with new infrastructure

Start End
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Case study: Setting up a more reliable wood chip supply chain
  • Growth in wood chip consumption and improving efficiencies across the supply chain
  • Looking at infrastructure in place and new investments for a consistent supply
  • How companies are improving the sustainability of their sourcing strategies
  • 12:30
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  • 13:30
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Where is the investment happening to meet storage demand in Europe?
  • Improving infrastructure and wood chip supply chains through new storage investments
  • Finding suitable facilities for the storage of wood chips
  • Having the right conditions for storage
  • 14:00
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  • 14:40
  • Live polling panel discussion: What infrastructure is needed to improve the reliability of the supply chain?

Have your say and vote on the biggest challenges and hurdles with wood chip supply based on the lack of infrastructure. Hear whether the panel agree with the audience and engage in an interactive discussion as the market looks to find solutions

  • What are the current infrastructure bottlenecks with wood chip trading?
  • How are Ports managing the rising demand and requirements for handling?
  • Where do we see new investments at Ports dedicated to the wood chip market?

The need for improved sustainability for trading deals

Start End
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Integrating sustainability measures into the wood chip supply chain
  • Understanding sustainability requirements and documentation needed for trading
  • Adhering to the correct sustainability requirements
  • What are the challenges faced in terms of how standards and documents are written?
  • 15:10
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  • 15:20
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:20
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  • 16:00
  • Interactive roundtables, coffee and networking
Roundtable 1: New demand for wood chips – where do we see new demand?

Roundtable 2: Wood chip quality: The issues around contamination with sourcing from new regions

Roundtable 3: The shipping landscape: Emerging new routes to meet more local demand
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Case study: How suppliers can improve sustainability standards to meet sourcing requirements
  • Understanding new requirements and working more harmoniously with buyers
  • How can buyers ensure their suppliers are meeting the right sustainability standards?
  • Examining trading opportunities and setting up more local supply chains

Treatments and increasing quality

Start End
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Wood chip contamination: Treating wood chips to be viable for trade
  • Looking at the main issues surrounding wood chip contamination
  • What needs to be considered when sourcing wood chips from new regions?
  • Are there any new regulations around phytosanitation?

Premium pellets focus day

Helicopter view of the European heating market

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote speech: What the next heating season will bring: Looking at premium pellet demand
  • What are the current demand dynamics for stoves in; Italy, France, UK, Austria, Germany
  • How will future balances look in the next 12 months and how can the industry prepare?
  • What have been the main trading challenges within the market?

Exploring supply demand trends of raw material and pellets

Start End
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Unravelling the fibre basket and availability wood material
  • Understanding raw feedstock availability for premium pellets
  • Examining the shift towards more locally sourced feedstock
  • How will future supply chains be created to secure material at the right price?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:25
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:25
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  • 12:00
  • Trading panel discussion: How the residential market can secure and trade premium pellets at the right price

Join in the debate surrounding the current supply/demand landscape and explore past and current pricing dynamics, and the impact biomass demand has had on the premium pellet supply

  • What does the current and future trading landscape look like globally?
  • How is demand for industrial pellets impacting the residential market?
  • How can companies manage price volatility?

Overcoming public acceptance pressures and showcasing sustainability

Start End
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Identifying local challenges with air emission issues for boiler installations
  • What are the main lobbying and technical challenges with air emissions?
  • Examining country-wide issues with installations and how to improve public acceptance
  • Looking at certificate schemes for heating appliances and rating performance
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • New sustainability criteria surrounding REDII and how users will meet requirements outside of this?
  • Ensuring sustainable production European-wide – how does this impact the trading market?
  • What are the growing concerns of sustainable production outside of REDII?
  • What certificates are required to demonstrate sustainability under REDII?

  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Certification schemes: EN+ developments and how this is changing for the premium pellet market
  • How are certification schemes helping to improve the industry?
  • What will be the impact of new criteria?
  • What do users need to do to ensure they’ve met the requirements?
  • 15:00
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  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:10
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  • Interactive roundtables
Roundtable 1: New trading routes: Developing supply centers and growing demand

Roundtable 2: SmartCHP systems and small-scale solutions for hospitals, universities and municipal buildings – technologies with higher flexibility and integration with other renewables

Roundtable 3: Dealing with new sustainability criteria

Investments within the premium pellet and heating market

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Case study: Heathrow airport going carbon neutral by 2020
  • Looking at Heathrow’s strategy to tackle climate change
  • Onsite biomass boilers and how this is contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Zero carbon footprint on day to day operations by 2050
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Case study: Investments in premium pellet production in North America for future business opportunities
  • Investing in new units to increase pellet production
  • How much will be exported compared with used domestically?
  • Advanced technologies to improve premium pellet economics
  • 17:00
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  • 17:20
  • Chairpersons conclusions of the day and close
  • 17:20
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  • Ice-breaker drinks reception
Venue TBC