20 апреля - 22 апреля 2020
London, UK

Argus Biomass

Pre-conference focus day - 8 April 2019

  • 200+ Attendees

    Join 200+ industry peers at the Argus Biomass pre-conference focus day
  • Extensive networking

    Meet and do business with the international market
  • 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 Christian Rakos - CEO, proPellets Austria
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Brainstorm morning exercise
Write your main objectives for attending the Premium Pellet Focus Day and the key questions you would like to address during the day

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 James Behan - Director, Peltrade
- Reviewing the current supply-demand landscape
- Exploring developments in key regions including Spain, France and Sweden
- How has unfavourable weather impacted the supply of premium pellets in Europe?
- Exploring the trading and supply market in Russia and eastern Europe
- Do we see new industries increasing demand for pellets?
- How does the premium market differ from the industrial market?

  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • An SME perspective: New demand for premium pellets from small to medium sized boilers Tom Cullen - Lead Project Manager, Renewable Energy Investment Programme, National Trust
- 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 Filippo Valdata - Trader, Pellet MyFire
- 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 Hugues de Cherisey - General Secretary, SNPGB
- 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
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Keynote panel discussion: Overcoming the challenge of feedstock availability to improve security of supply proPellets Austria, Peltrade, Ekman, CM Biomass

- 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?

Moderator:

Christian Rakos, CEO, proPellets Austria

Panellists:

James Behan, Director, Peltrade

Arnold Dale, Vice-President, Bioenergy, Ekman

Michael Christensen, Director, CM Biomass


  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • Speaker interview: Moving into the biomass market from a coal trader’s perspective Valerio Borgia - Senior Trader, FLAME
- 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 coal traders aid the development of the biomass market?
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • A focus on the US pellet market Seth Walker - Senior Economist and Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Beyond transition: how to support biomass’s place in the long-term energy mix Adam Brown - Author of the Bioenergy Strategy, REA
- Looking at the REA’s bioenergy strategy and conclusions from the report
- What’s the state of play of the biomass market?
- How crucial biomass is in the long-term energy mix
- Understanding how sustainability could impact stocks and the market

The financial landscape

Start End
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Exploring the financial landscape to boost pellet production to meet supply Justinas Milašauskas - Senior Vice President, DAO Family
- Reviewing the current financial landscape in the biomass market
- Investing in new units to increase pellet production
- How will the increase in pellet production in the Baltics affect supply?
- How much will be exported compared with used domestically?

  • 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

Led by: Arnold Dale, Vice-President, Bioenergy, Ekman

Roundtable 2: The UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and decarbonisation for heat


Roundtable 3: EU incentives encourage market growth: Exploring regulations across Europe 

Led by: Matteo Favero, Responsible for ENplus® and ariaPulita® Certifications, AIEL
  • 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 Christian Rakos - CEO, proPellets Austria
  • 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 Bill Strauss - President, FutureMetrics
  • 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 Michael Schytz - Head of Fuel and Logistics, Hofor
- 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 - Fortum, CM Biomass Partners, Uniper, Wood Pellet Services, LITBIOMA

- 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?

Moderator:

Didzis Palejs, Wood Chip Sourcing and Sales Specialist, CM Biomass Partners, President, Bioenergy Europe 

Panellists:

Marco Arcelli, Chairman, EP New Energies

Jan Groeneveld, Biomass Sourcing Manager, Uniper

Kristaps Knesis, Biomass Cogenaration Process and Purchasing Manager, Fortum

Tiago Andrade, Founder and Director, 3nergy Ltd

Vilma Gaubyte, Director, LITBIOMA
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Morning coffee and networking

The impact of waste wood on the wood chip market - and sourcing strategies

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Identifying new sourcing strategies for recycled wood Mario Montevirgen - Chief Logistics and Project Officer, Falkenbergs Returflis
- 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
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • New sourcing strategies for the wood chip industry Mark Lebus - Chairman and CEO, LC Energy
- Putting in place an efficient and reliable UK supply chain strategy
- How companies are addressing the challenge of lack of supply and sustainable sourcing
- Examining timber price inflation in the UK over the past 6 months
- Quality issues and the impact on supply and price of wood chip
  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch

Case studies and investments

Start End
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Case study: Updates on a new biomass CHP power plant in Vilnius Valentas Rutkauskas - Project Manager, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė
- 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 efficiency
- Preparation for biomass supply during tests and operation

Sustainability and certification

Start End
  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Understanding the requirements of certification in the wood chip market Cristina Calderón - General Manager, GoodChips®
- Wood chips becoming a recognized and standardised commodity
- Identifying the need for certification in the wood chip market
- What will future quality standards be for wood chips?
- How will a harmonised approach help the industry and trading?
  • 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: Wood chip availability: A closer look at the supply landscape

Led by: Didzis Palejs, Wood Chip Sourcing and Sales Specialist, CM Biomass Partners, President, Bioenergy Europe

Roundtable 2: Demand dynamics: Where will we see new demand for wood chips

Led by: Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

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
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Scott Bax - Senior Vice President Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • 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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  • 10:30
  • Keynote speech: Running the biomass supply chain efficiently and areas for cost cutting Rick Taylor - Head of Fuels, Drax Power Limited
- Identifying the Drax supply chain set up: storage, vessel numbers, facts and figures
- Addressing the current infrastructure and storage of biomass
- Exploring the challenges of a seasonal market – the impact of a tight supply chain
- Looking at future optimisation of the supply chain and identifying how to cut costs
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Panel discussion: Identifying successful ways to cut costs across the biomass value chain - Engie, Drax Power Limited, CM Biomass, MGT Teesside

- 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?

Panellists:

Yves Ryckmans, Chief Technology Officer Biomass and Solid Fuels, Engie

Rick Taylor, Head of Fuels, Drax Power Limited

Michael Christensen, Director, CM Biomass

Richard Tyreman, Operations Director, MGT Teesside


  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Case study: Utilising waste on site as a feedstock for CHP production Yves Ryckmans - Chief Technology Officer Biomass and Solid Fuels, Engie
- 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
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Case study: Increasing efficiencies across the biomass supply chain through integration Scott Bax - Senior Vice President Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
- 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
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Reducing costs and improving the optics of pellet manufacturing Andrew Johnson - Vice President, TSI
- Identifying the best practices in keeping plant costs in check
- How to eliminate operational pollution using optics during the manufacturing process
- What are the positive and beneficial aspects of the business of manufacturing wood pellets?

Using technological solutions

Start End
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Realising the green gold with Biotrac continuous steam explosion system Mattias Erixon - Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet
- An introduction to continuous BioTrac steam explosion System for production of black pellets and other bio-products
- What are the benefits with a continuous system?
- What is the technical readiness of the BioTrac?
- Technology background and references

  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 15:30
  • -
  • 16:30
  • Interactive roundtables

Roundtable 1: What are the drivers for running an efficient power plant? 

Led by: Richard Tyreman, Operations Director, MGT Teesside

Roundtable 2: Looking at industry case studies in cost reduction 

Roundtable 3: How to integrate the supply

 


  • 16:40
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  • 17:00
  • Roundtable leader’s closing remarks

Introductory workshop

  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Morning registration and refreshments
  • 09:10
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  • 16:50
  • An introduction to the wood pellet and wood chip business Michael Wild - Managing Partner, Wild & Partner

The interactive workshop will cover:

- Solid biomass, the very basics
- The fundamentals and economics of biomass trade
- Exploring forecasts, price volatility and consumer purchasing behaviours
- Raising capital and assessing new instruments to make way to market
- The regulatory landscape and commercial implications on industry
- Overview of how the industrial and residential markets interact and new trends
- Sustainability: key criteria and certification schemes
- Quality assurance and quality issues
- New technical developments and the economics of biomass processing

Led by:

Michael Wild, Managing Partner, Wild & Partner 

Speakers include:

Gernot Stadlober, Managing Director, Stadlober
Erwin Bogner, CEO, ARS International
Martin Englisch, Managing Director, BEA Institut für Bioenergie 
Roland Kasmanhuber, CEO, TECCON