20 April - 22 April 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? - CM Biomass, Ørsted, Peltrade, SUEZ Trading Europe

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?

Panellists:

Todd Bush, Partner, CM Biomass 
Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Bioenergy and Thermal Power, Ørsted
James Behan, Director, Peltrade 
Lauma Kazuša, Head of Market Analysis, SUEZ Trading Europe 

  • 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
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Alternative fuels – is it a waste? Redwynn Sterry - Senior Advisor, Waste Regulation, Environment Agency
  • Dealing with new commodities: what do you do if it’s a waste or and what to do if it’s not?
  • How is waste classified, tested and priced?
  • Utilising the right applications and combustion units, and how these are regulated
  • 12:30
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  • 13:30
  • Networking lunch

Mobilising feedstock and creating value chains

Start End
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • US case study: Building a peanut factory in Georgia with 100.000mt capacity to meet new demand Todd Bush - Partner, CM Biomass
  • New activities in the alternative business – what’s the vision for the future?
  • A close look at the planned peanut factory, status and project timelines
  • How will the trading landscape change in the US and globally?
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • A supplier’s perspective: New markets for agricultural feed and available supply
  • How much available feedstock is available for the biomass industry?
  • Generating new supply chains and utilising existing infrastructure
  • Sustainability and quality of feedstocks
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • 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
  • 15:00
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  • 15:10
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 15:10
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  • 16:00
Roundtable 1: What are the economic benefits of alternative feedstocks including sunflower and olive husks?

Roundtable 2: How the industry can integrate a new supply chain for alternative fuels
Led by: Lauma Kazuša, Head of Market Analysis, SUEZ Trading Europe 

Roundtable 3: Movements in the bio-coal markets: Economics, viability and new technologies

Adapting blending options and technology

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Research case study: Use of underexploited agricultural and forestry residues to produce competitive agro-pellets Matthieu Campargue - Director, RAGT
  • Economic interest of biomass residues: the great potential of agro-pellets
  • Specific challenges during agro-pellet production
  • How to handle biomass combustion? The importance of mixing and uses of additives
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • 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 case study: Heathrow airport going carbon neutral by 2020 - Keith Lockhart, Senior Category Manager – Utilities, Heathrow
  • 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
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Spotlight on Germany: Expanding the fuels mix at CHP facilities to include waste wood Markus Süßmann - Head of Special Projects, Danpower GmbH
  • Operating with waste wood, waste plants and pure waste-energy
  • Project timelines and investments in boilers to create a heating network
  • Changing sourcing strategies to meet new demand and sustainability hurdles faced
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:10
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  • 11:50
  • 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?

Supply demand trends

Start End
  • 11:50
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  • 12:30
  • Trading panel discussion: How is the trading environment changing? Demand dynamics, sourcing strategies and new supply markets - Fortum, Danpower, HOFOR

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?

Panellists:

Kristaps Knesis, Biomass Portfolio Manager, Fortum 

Markus Süßmann, Head of Special Projects, Danpower GmbH 

Michael Schytz, Head of Fuel and Logistics, HOFOR


Improving efficiencies across the supply chain and support with new infrastructure

Start End
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Case study: Setting up a more reliable wood chip supply chain Valentas Rutkauskas - Project Manager, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė
  • 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
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Live polling panel discussion: What infrastructure is needed to improve the reliability of the supply chain? - HOFOR, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė

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?

Panellists:

Michael Schytz, Head of Fuel and Logistics, HOFOR

Valentas Rutkauskas, Project Manager, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė
  • 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

The need for improved sustainability for trading deals

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Integrating sustainability measures into the wood chip supply chain Simon Armstrong - CTO, SBP
  • 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?
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Case study: Spotlight on Lithuania – innovative advancements in the wood chip industry to meet carbon emission targets: sustainability and technologies Vilma Gaubyte - Director, LITBIOMA
  • How is the biomass industry developing in a new energy world?
  • New innovative systems in place to meet sustainability requirements and REDII – how the market can adapt
  • Exploring new advanced biomass technologies to improve carbon emissions

Premium pellets focus day

Helicopter view of the European heating market

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote panel discussion: What the next heating season will bring: Looking at premium pellet demand - proPellets Austria, Palazzetti Group
  • 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?

Moderator: Christian Rakos, Chief Executive Officer, proPellets Austria 

Panellists:

Marco Palazzetti, CEO, Palazzetti Group

Stefan Ortner, CEO, ÖkoFEN

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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  • 11:15
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:15
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  • 12:00
  • Trading panel discussion: How the residential market can secure and trade premium pellets at the right price - Ekman, Peltrade, UK Pellet Council

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?

Moderator: Gilles Gauthier, Certification Director, Bioenergy Europe 

Panellists:

James Behan, Director, Peltrade 
Mark Lebus, Chairman, UK Pellet Council 
Arnold Dale, Vice President Bio-Energy, Ekman


Overcoming public acceptance pressures and showcasing sustainability

Start End
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Tackling the air emissions issue, experiences and next steps Marco Palazzetti - CEO, Palazzetti Group
  • What are the main lobbying and technical challenges with air emissions for stoves?
  • Looking at certificate schemes for heating appliances and rating performance
  • Expanding the concept across Europe and how to improve public acceptance
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • On stage interviews: Sustainability requirements – will they play a role in the domestic market? - Ekman
  • Does the market need new sustainability requirements?
  • What are the growing concerns of sustainable production outside of REDII?
  • What certificates are required to demonstrate sustainability?

Moderator: Arnold Dale, Vice President Bio-Energy, Ekman

  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Certification schemes: EN+ developments and how this is changing for the premium pellet market Elena Dumitru - Certification Manager, ENplus®
  • 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
  • 15:00
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  • Interactive roundtables

Roundtable 1: Wood pellet consumers profile and citizen concerns related to wood energy. Which image to push for wood pellet for domestic heating

Led by: Hugues de Cherisey, General Secretary, SNPGB

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: Emerging EN+ regions – Poland, Spain, France

Led by: Georgia Gratton, Senior Reporter, Biomass, Argus


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