08 April - 10 April 2019
London, UK

Argus Biomass

Pre-conference focus day - 8 April 2019

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    200+ Attendees

    Join 200+ industry peers at the Argus Biomass pre-conference focus day
  • implement pricing models

    Extensive networking

    Meet and do business with the international market
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    In-depth analysis

    Address your critical issues with experts and like minded peers

Premium pellet focus day

Security of Supply |Trading Routes | Small Scale Demand

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Morning registration and coffee
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks

Exploring the global premium pellet landscape – supply and demand dynamics

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote speech: Understanding the changing supply and demand landscape
- Reviewing the current supply-demand landscape
- Exploring developments in key regions including Spain, France, Bosnia and Serbia
- How has unfavourable weather impacted the supply of premium pellets in Europe?
- Exploring the trading and supply market in Russia and eastern Europe
- How does demand for industrial use compare with small scale?
- Do we see new industries increasing demand for pellets?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • An SME perspective: New demand for premium pellets from small to medium sized boilers
- Understanding the increasing demand for premium pellets for heating
- How new regulations are incentivising domestic and commercial markets
- Assessing new demand for smaller installation units
- What new entrants are on the market and where will demand come from?

Pricing outlook

Start End
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Addressing the impact of supply and demand dynamics on pricing
- Assessing the historical and current fibre price and changes over time
- How has the increase in price impacted players in the residential market?
- Understanding how much liquidity and flexibility is in the market
- How have prices risen because of difficulties securing material in Europe?
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Morning coffee and networking

Security of feedstock and access to supply

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Exploring the outlook for raw material and competition from pulp and paper demand
- What is the level of demand for fibre from the biomass industry?
- Understanding how the level of demand from pulp and paper is impacting pellet production
- Understanding current trade flows of raw material
- Addressing price volatility for materials and how the premium pellet market can compete
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Speaker interview: Moving into the biomass market from a coal trader’s perspective
- What advantages do you see with the biomass market?
- Where do you see growth potential within the industry?
- What hurdles do you expect to cross in regards to competitiveness?
- How can former coal traders aid the development of the biomass market?
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Keynote panel discussion: Overcoming the challenge of feedstock availability to improve security of supply
- What are the main challenges stemming from the lack of fibre availability?
- How can the industry improve the accessibility of biomass feedstock?
- Which regions are increasing their export potential to meet demand?
- Wood from which new sources can make economic sense to process?
- How are companies looking to improve infrastructure to meet demand?
- Which e-commerce platforms are helping with the distribution of pellets?
- What are the key logistical challenges between borders?
  • 12:40
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  • 13:40
  • Networking lunch

Storage and logistics

Start End
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Investing in infrastructure and storage to improve pellet supply
- Exploring the infrastructure landscape and the availability of storage in Europe
- How a lack of storage capacity impacts smaller scale players
- What logistics solutions are on the market to create stable supply?
- The role of terminals and ports in the market and how expansions can help with logistics

The future of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Start End
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Exploring the RHI post 2021 and understanding current demand
- Assessing how the RHI has incentivised the switch to biomass
- Exploring the demand outlook and new applications for the RHI
- Understanding what support schemes will be available post 2021
- Where do we see new investments in boilers?
  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 16:10
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  • 16:50
  • Roundtables

Roundtable 1: Future sector developments: Ideas from the whole value chain
Roundtable 2: The UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and decarbonisation for heat
Roundtable 3: EU incentives encourage market growth: Exploring regulations across Europe 


  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Roundtable leader’s closing remarks
  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks
  • 17:10
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  • Close of premium pellet focus day

Wood chip focus day

Accessibility | Infrastructure | Pricing

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Brainstorm morning exercise
Write your main objectives for attending the Wood Chip Focus Day and the key questions you would like to address during the day

Exploring the continued growth of the wood chip market

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote address: Meeting the rising demand for wood chips in Europe
- Exploring the demand drivers for wood chip consumption
- Assessing current capacity increases for wood chip consumption in Europe
- How have companies coped with the lack of access to forests across Europe?
- Exploring the rise of wood chips for smaller scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants
- The movement from gas-fired power plants to generation using wood chips
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • A view on the Netherlands: Assessing the current increase in wood chip demand
- What incentives and regulations are increasing the use of biomass in the Netherlands?
- Looking at the rise of co-firing and the impact on wood chip demand
- Where do we see new demand for wood chips coming on line?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Keynote panel discussion: How can suppliers meet the rise in wood chip demand, and exploring new trading routes
- What new supply and demand trends are we seeing in the market?
- What are the main challenges from a buyer’s and seller’s perspective?
- How much of current and future volumes will be used domestically?
- What does the European wood chip trading landscape look like?
- What is the growing demand of wood chips in Asia and how will they be sourced?
- Where do we see future investments in wood chip capacity?
- Is there any threat from alternative sources of biomass to the wood chip market?

The future of wood recycling and its impact on the wood chip market

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Identifying new sourcing strategies for recycled wood
- Looking at the future of waste wood and its place in the biomass industry
- What alternative options are available and integrating waste wood into the supply chain
- Exploring trading trends in Sweden, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands
- Understanding the waste management supply chain

Managing logistics

Start End
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Developing infrastructure and managing logistics to improve supply chain efficiencies
- Exploring the infrastructure to support biomass exports from the Baltics
- Looking at storage capacity and reviewing the need for more investments
- Understanding the transport routes available for the wood chip market
- Where new terminals are being built to support infrastructure and trade?
- How should pellets be delivered, including containers?
  • 12:40
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  • 13:40
  • Networking lunch

Case studies and investments

Start End
  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • Case study: Updates on a new biomass CHP power plant in Vilnius
- Reviewing the status of the wood chip CHP project
- Looking at the benefits of cogeneration
- Identifying biomass sources and the replacement of wood chips with waste
- Preparing an integrated site with planned railway and storage to improve efficiencies
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Case study: New sourcing strategies for the wood chip industry
- Putting in place an efficient and reliable supply chain strategy
- How companies are addressing the challenges of a lack of supply
- Increasing volumes of imports and exploring the infrastructure needed to support supply
- Sourcing wood chips locally versus European wide: what’s the added benefit?

Sustainability and certification

Start End
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Understanding the requirements of certification in the wood chip market
- Identifying the need for certification in the wood chip market
- What will future quality standards be for wood chips?
- Looking at contamination issues and other quality parameters
- How will a harmonised approach help the industry and trading?

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 15:40
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  • 16:40
  • Interactive roundtables

Roundtable 1: Infrastructure: Looking at new expansions to aid distribution
Roundtable 2: Demand dynamics: Where will we see new demand for wood chips
Roundtable 3: Technological advancements: Understanding your wood chip’s water content for more efficient combustion


  • 16:40
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  • 16:50
  • Roundtable leader’s closing remarks

Cost reduction and technology focus day

Supply chain efficiency | Integration | Technology

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Brainstorm morning exercise
Write your main objectives for attending the Cost Reduction and Technology Focus Day and the key questions you would like to address during the day

Exploring cost efficient solutions for the biomass market

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:40
  • Panel discussion: Identifying successful ways to cut costs across the biomass value chain
- How can companies create a sustainable life cycle that can help to reduce costs?
- What mitigation strategies are available to reduce risk?
- How can companies manage pricing and exchange rates?
- How beneficial are combined biomass fibres in cutting overall feedstock costs?
- How can companies reduce shipping costs?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Case study: Utilising waste on site as a feedstock for CHP production
- How can recycling waste streams benefit the overall costs of production?
- Creating a more integrated supply chain to improve efficiencies
- What instruments need to be in place to utilise waste as a biomass feedstock?
- Optimising the production process to reduce overall costs
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Case study: Increasing efficiencies across the biomass supply chain through integration
- Looking at how to integrate the supply chain to help reduce costs
- How can an integrated supply chain improve operations?
- Building next to pellet plants to improve logistics
- Models and methods to optimise biomass supply chains

Using technological solutions

Start End
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Creating black pellets from lignin and its beneficial properties
- Producing high energy black pellets from waste feedstock
- Using new technologies to improve product performance
- Analysing the efficiencies in heat production
- Prolonging storage and handling
  • 12:40
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  • 13:40
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • Waste to energy: Adapting technologies to utilise waste streams for steam generation
- Identifying new movements towards steam generation in gas-fired boilers
- Controlling emissions from boilers and flue extractors to capture emissions
- The benefits of gas-fired boilers for emissions and the environment
- Combining premium and industrial pellets as an energy source

Torrefaction on the map

Start End
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Co-firing with black pellets to significantly reduce costs
- Understanding the opportunities for co-firing with black pellets
- What are the cost benefits of burning black pellets?
- Guaranteeing sustainable product quality
- Exploring the benefits of combining coal and black pellets in Asia
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Exploring the journey of torrefaction and understanding its place in the market
- Current investments in torrefaction processing at a bio-coal plant
- Developing a higher process and identifying the benefits
- Perfecting torrefaction to produce high quality and consistent fuel pellets
- Looking at new investments in torrefaction
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 15:40
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  • 16:40
  • Interactive roundtables
Roundtable 1: Advancements in new technologies
Roundtable 2: Looking at industry case studies in cost reduction
Roundtable 3: How to integrate the supply chain
  • 16:40
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  • 17:00
  • Roundtable leader’s closing remarks

Introductory workshop