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LIMITED EXHIBITION SPACE - BOOK NOW - INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PAPER - CLICK HEREThe International Biomass Congress & Expo aims to bring together leading producers, suppliers, regulators and other engaged organisations over a two day period. High-level speakers, experts in their field, will address a range of topical issues relating to the biomass sector.

Brought to you by Bioenergy Insight, the leading international biomass magazine, this year’s conference will be co-located with the International Biogas Congress & Expo as well as the renowned Biofuels International Conference and Expo, making this series of bio events our largest gathering yet of bio related companies, giving participants unrivalled coverage.

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Agenda - subject to change

DAY ONE: 22nd October 2019

9.20 Welcoming remarks from the Chair
Preben V. Messerschmidt, Project Director, Biomass, Ramboll Group

9.30 Renewable Energy Directive Update

  • renewable energy policy post-2020
  • targets to 2030

Giulio Volpi, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission

10.00 Global pellet production and premium pellet market

  • Global pellet production, latest trends
  • European premium pellet market update
  • National highlights

Gilles Gauthier, Bioenergy Expert, Bioenergy Europe

10.30 From biomass residues to heat and power via small-scale gasification: Technical lessons learned from Meva demonstration plant

Dr. Huong Nguyen, Development Engineer, Meva Energy AB

STX11.00 Networking break
kindly sponsored by STX Commodities

11.30 Bioenergy Strategy 2019

  • The current status and contribution of UK bioenergy
  • Industry’s vision of UK bioenergy to 2023 and beyond
  • Supportive policy for UK bioenergy to fulfil this vision

Benedict McAleenan, Senior Adviser, Biomass UK

12.00 Ensuring Biomass Sustainability

  • Current sustainability requirements in Denmark and the means to document compliance
  • The expected impacts of RED2 on Danish sustainability requirements and compliance
  • The challenges of dealing with stakeholder sustainability expectations beyond compliance (e.g. forest carbon balances)

Sune Balle Hansen, Biomass Sustainability Lead, HOFOR A/S

12.30 Q&A with this morning’s speakers

anellotech1:00 Networking lunch
kindly sponsored by Anellotech

2.20 Opening remarks from the chair
Preben V. Messerschmidt, Project Director, Biomass, Ramboll Group

2.30 GoodChips® : the first international certification for wood chips and hog fuel

  • The international landscape of wood chips
  • Wood chips and hog fuel: a matter of quality
  • A certification as the sector’s common tongue on quality

Alessia Gaetani, Project Officer, Bioenergy Europe

3.00 Case study: The advantages of integrating a district heating system into a biomass plant
Ian Calvert, Head of Biomass, RWE

STX3.30 Networking break
kindly sponsored by STX Commodities

4.00 Torrefied biomass for fuel and other applications

  • The highest efficiency along the supply chain
  • Recent implementation
  • Exploring applications different to power generation

Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council

4.30 Full Nutrient Recovery from digestate

  • System to produce clean water and organic fertilizer pellet

Mr. Henk Haaring, General Manager, Dorset Group bv

Nature Energy5.00 Networking drinks
kindly sponsored by nature energy

DAY TWO: 23rd October 2019

9.20 Welcoming remarks from the Chair
Preben V. Messerschmidt, Project Director, Biomass, Ramboll Group

9.30 Sustainable biomass for large scale power generation

  • Meeting European GHG & emission reduction targets
  • Sourcing sustainable feedstocks

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

10.00 Waste & recycled wood: exploring demand, regulations & pricing trends across Europe
Jan Van Mierloo, Wood Market Director, Suez Trading

10.30 Trading biomass: understand risk, improving transparency and analysing market trends

  • Global market trends
  • Risk Management with financially settled futures contracts
  • Integration of Biomass into the mix of renewable energy sources

Robert Seehawer, Senior Business Development Manager, European Energy Exchange (EEX)

STX11.00 Networking break
kindly sponsored by STX Commodities

11.30 Russian pellet market and it’s future role within the European biomass market
Alexander Afanasyev, Managing Director, Peltrade

12.00 Securing the role of pellets in the Energy Transition
Johan Granath, Senior Vice President, Bioenergy, Ekman & Co

12.30 Q&A with this morning’s speakers

anellotech1:00 Networking lunch
kindly sponsored by Anellotech

2.20 Opening remarks from the chair
Preben V. Messerschmidt, Project Director, Biomass, Ramboll Group

2.30 Sustainable biomass supply for industrial pellet production in North America
Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Centre

3.00 Innovations which secure the role of Pellets in the energy transition

  • Smart High Efficiency as the new standard for residential pellet boilers
  • Highest Comfort and Efficiency & Lowest Emissions
  • The 100% independent house with pellets and solar

Stefan Ortner, CEO, ÖkoFEN

STX3.30 Networking break
kindly sponsored by STX Commodities

4.00 Creating a new generation of waste-derived fuels to fire in re-purposed thermal plant
Dr. Gerry Riley, Head of Business Development and Policy, RJM

4.30 Risk reduction with good maintenance plans

  • Reliablility improves with a well structured maintenance schedule
  • Downtimes are a bottleneck and an opportunity
  • Any optimization is a continuous process

Dr. Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG

5.00 Conference closes


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Speaker Biographies

Jan Van Mierloo

Jan Van Mierloo
Wood Market Director
SUEZ Trading

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I graduated in industrial environmental care and have already more than 26 years experience in the waste business (hazardous and non-hazardous waste).

At SUEZ I was 10 years responsible for the Key Account department “Project-management” after this I became for eight years Material Resource Manager responsible for different types of Hazardous- and non hazardous waste.

Currently I am part of the SUEZ Trading Group with the headquarters in Paris. As a Wood Market Director in the SUEZ Trading department, I have the responsibility for managing the SUEZ Wood Waste business in 9 European countries with a total volume of 1,5 MT/Y

Dr Huong Nguyen

Dr Huong Nguyen
Development Engineer
Meva Energy AB

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Huong Nguyen has been working intensively with gasification of biomass for production of bio-energy since 2012, focusing on different gasification technologies and applications of gasification gas. During 2012-2018, she worked with research & development within the world-leading research group in gasification of biomass at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The activities focused on steam gasification of biomass in dual-fluidized bed gasifier for producing biomethane as final product. At Chalmers, the industrial-scale fluidized bed combustion-gasification unit (thermal capacities of the boiler and gasifier are respectively 12 MW and 2-4 MW) are used for experimental work. In addition to the steam gasification process, Huong also invested a significant part of her time in investigating the upgrading of the produced gasification gas using catalytic method in a steam-surplus environment, mimicking the cracking and reforming processes of petroleum refineries. Starting from 2019, Huong has worked at Meva Energy AB, Sweden - a company focuses on cyclonic entrained-flow gasification of biomass residues at small-scale (about 5 MW thermal input for each unit) for producing heat and power. She performs conceptual studies on different biomass residue sources as potential fuel feedstocks with an aim to advise business sector for potential business case and to suggest technical solutions to engineering sector. On top of that, she leads research activity at the 5 MW full-scale Meva demonstration plant (the plant locates in Piteå, Sweden), and she coordinates with university researchers for research activity on lab scale.

Huong holds a M.Sc in Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Energy and Environment with specialization in Energy Conversion. Both degrees are from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Yves Ryckmans

Yves Ryckmans
Chief Technology Officer for Biomass and Solid Fuel
ENGIE Laborelec

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Yves Ryckmans is Chief Technology Officer for Biomass and Solid Fuels at ENGIE Laborelec, with responsibility for managing research and services for bio-energy applications within the ENGIE Group and for third parties worldwide.

Yves graduated from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Belgium and holds a PhD from the same university on modelling heat transfer in furnace. He joined the Laborelec Technical Centre of ENGIE as a research engineer in 1989, working initially in the field of nuclear energy.

From 1996, Yves initiated the development of fixed bed gasification and circulating fluidised bed gasification of woody biomass through several Belgian and European projects. In 1999, he became Head of the Laborelec Biomass Laboratory and Centre of Expertise, which has amassed over 20 years’ experience of working on technical issues, such as biomass lab analysis, biomass fuel characterization, biogas applications, biomass pre-treatment like torrefaction, steam explosion or hydrothermal carbonization and biomass to heat & power applications. His R&D efforts were focused on CFD modelling of PC boilers, slagging and fouling, biomass milling and upgrading, dust, NOx and SOx emissions, ash quality and utilization.

Yves has been involved in the verification of sustainability criteria for solid biomass since 2005, and has contributed to the development of the Sustainable Biomass Program since the early days of SBP’s predecessor, Initiative Wood Pellet Buyers (2010-2012). More recently, he has been nominated as a member of the SBP’s Standard Committee and participated in a number of working groups.

Benedict McAleenan

Benedict McAleenan
Senior Adviser
Biomass UK

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Benedict McAleenan is Senior Advisor to the UK’s Renewable Energy Association, leading its Biomass UK unit. His consultancy, Helmsley Partners, helps clients to assess political risk in the UK and develop strategies in response. Benedict has advised a range of brands across the energy and sustainability sectors, including Shell, Centrica, Sainsbury’s, Balfour Beatty, Starbucks, National Grid, OVO Energy and the Madison Square Garden Company. He also serves as a Senior Adviser to Policy Exchange, one of the UK’s leading multi-sector think tanks.

Stefan Ortner

Stefan Ortner

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- Managing Director, ÖkoFEN global headquarters in Austria
- 10 years of experience in product management, R&D, marketing, developing and managing export markets for pellet heating systems
- Degree in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

Robert Seehawer

Robert Seehawer
Senior Business Development Manager
European Energy Exchange (EEX)

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Robert is a Senior Business Development Manager at European Energy Exchange AG, the world’s leading power exchange which develops, operates and connects secure, liquid and transparent markets for energy and commodity products. He is responsible for identifying business opportunities by developing and implementing exchange products and services that are meeting market demands as well as delivering customer satisfaction. Robert is dedicated to global markets and has a history for development of environmental products.

Prior to joining EEX, Robert worked as senior portfolio manager, senior key account manager and fixed income trader for commodity companies and investment banks in London, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

He has a diploma degree in Economics and a diploma degree in Business Administration from University of Leipzig.

Richard Vlosky

Richard Vlosky
Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land

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Richard Vlosky is Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor in Forest Sector Business Development at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. He received his Ph.D. in Wood Products Marketing at Penn State University, an M.S. in International Forest Products Trade from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Forest Management from Colorado State University. He has authored or co-authored 157 refereed publications, 22 book chapters and 4 books, and has made over 550 presentations on a variety of topics in the U.S. and in 33 countries. Dr. Vlosky is Past-President of the Forest Products Society, Board Member of CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials, Member-Emerging & Critical Issues Committee for the Society of Wood Science & Technology (SWST), and Louisiana Representative for the Southern U.S. Bioenergy Working Group. His areas of research are: Mass Timber, Cross-laminated Timber, Wood-based Bioenergy, Business Development, Sector Strategic Planning, and Market Research.

Internationally, he is Past-President of WoodEMA, the Association of Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing based in Zagreb, Croatia, Adjunct Professor at the University of Timisoara in Romania, and Fellow in the Institute of Wood Science in the United Kingdom. He is the United States delegate for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Research Group on Forest Products Marketing and Business Development. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sustainability in the University of Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. For 10 years up until 2014, he was the Leader of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Team of Specialists on Sustainable Forest Products. He remains a U.S. delegate as well as being an Outside Expert on the Wood Energy Team.

Stefan Ortner

Gilles Gauthier
Bioenergy Expert
Bioenergy Europe

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Gilles Gauthier is working for Bioenergy Europe since 2013 and is mainly in charge of pellet related activities. Gilles manages the certification department but is also the General Manager of the European Pellet Council (EPC). Before joining Bioenergy Europe, he gained experience as R&D and sales engineer for agropellets producers and as pellet expert and coordinator for the Belgian Biomass association (ValBiom). Gilles Gauthier has an industrial engineer background with a specialisation in environment. He speaks French and English.

Michael Wild

Michael Wild
International Biomass Torrefaction Council

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Professional Experience Record 

1980 HVAC engineer with Österreichische Klimatechnik Gesellschaft

1981-1988 Chimney Sweep, during studies -holding masters certificate 1989-90 Expert at Austrian Institute of Energy Economics, Vienna 

1991-92 Senior Consultant at Ökoplan GmbH., Vienna; 
Head of departments: Energy Planning, Alternative Energy Systems 

1993-1997 Director of European Commission Energy Centre Bratislava on behalf of DG XVII, later DG TREN 

1993-99 Consultant to Worldbank, IFC and other IFIs for implementation of Renewable Energy projects in Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Czech Republic 

1996-99 Senior advisor to Energy Centre Ceske Budejovice (CR) 

1997-99 Senior advisor to Energy Centre Bratislava (SK), from 99 till 2000 chairman of the board of trusties 

1993-99 Senior energy expert with O.Ö.EnergieSparVerband, countries in accession, Manager of the Regional Energy Performance Contracting funds 

1999-2003 ABEX GmbH - Austrian Biofuel Exchange, Managing Partner 

Since 2002 Co-ordinator of the international Jury for the “ENERGY GLOBE” award 2004 till 2010 EBES AG - European Bio Energy Services, CEO of the company Since 2005 Member of the Austrian representation to IEA Bioenergy task 40 

2007 till 2010 Board of Supervisors, Ökopellets AG 

Since 2010 Wild&Partner – private consultants in bioenergy/torrefaction - brokerage in biomass for energy, supply chain management, project development 

2012-2015 Board of Advisors to SECTOR (7th framework programme project:Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of Torrefaction) 

Since 2012 Senior Advisor to Biomass Supply Group and Carbon Wealth Group of companies, Sweden/Norway 

Since 2012 International Biomass Torrefaction Council, president 

2013-2015 Bridgewell Resources Ltd, Portland, Oregon, European Sales Manager Bioenergy

Key experience and qualification

At Institute of Energy Economics development of a methodology for energy planning and substitution of traditional fuels by renewables in Austrian private households and smaller municipalities. Within Ökoplan establishment of a department specialising in the development of regional and municipal energy plans based on the utilisation of regional, renewable energy sources. Planning of some of the very first biomass fired district heating systems as results of municipal energy planning. (references: Biomasse-Nahwärmesystem Bramberg; Biomasse- Nahwärmesystem Tamsweg; Zell am See, Flachau, Seeham, Fuschl, Hohenruppersdorf etc.). Annual department turnover 1992 16 Mio ATS. 

1993 till 97 establishment and operation of the EU Energy Centre Bratislava on behalf of DG XVII of the European Commission. Representative of the EC Programmes THERMIE, ALTENER, SYNERGY, SAVE etc. Promotion and Dissemination activities. Project development Renewable Energy Sources. Assistance to build international joint ventures. Integration of the Energy Centre Bratislava into the OPET (Organisations for the Promotion of innovative Energy Technologies) network of the EC. Numerous projects within the network with partners from all member states and accession countries, mostly in position of project leader. Assistance to project implementation with international co-financing like Energy Efficiency revolving Funds of EBRD, Worldbank finance via GEF and IFC involvement. After initiating the building of the Slovak Energy Agency SEA integrating the Energy Centre Bratislava within the Agency and handing over the management responsibility to Slovak employees. The ECB has had 16 employees at this time and was Slovakia’s No. 1 international contact in the energy sector. 

While responsible for building national and regional Energy Centres in Slovakia and the Czech Republic deep insight and rich experience in energy policy, administration building and organisation setup, integration of national structures in international contexts and international (grant) financing gained. 

At O.Ö. Energiesparverband, an Austrian Energy Agency, responsible for Eastern Europe. From 98 managing the Energy Performance Contracting Funds of the regional government of Upper Austria (in co-operation with banks) 

Beside the activities in the countries in accession involvement in diverse projects within the EU. Mostly focused on utilisation of Renewables. Businessplan development and technical assistance to project developers. 

Excelent contacts in the “biomass scene” of all Europe, North America and Far East and Asia, research to implementation, industry to NGOs 

Within ABEX initiated and established the first ever internet based trading platform for solid biomasses in close co-operation with an IBM software team. 

Despite plenty of recognition and awards limited economic success of the exchange drove ABEX into taking position in trade itself. This resulted in building of supply chains, first regional but soon international (Wood chips from Bosnia to Southern Italian biomass power ). With ABEX “invention” of Palm Kernel Shell for the energy sector and building of first supply line from Indonesia to Europe growing this to stable supplies. Establishment of EBES for growing international activities. 

The building and operation of ABEX/EBES as final responsible manager resulted in comprehensive experience in building web based trading platforms, the commodities forward and futures markets, trading contracts and logistics of biogenic energy sources on regional, national, international and intercontinental basis. 

Within the ABEX/EBES years building of profound know how in handling and shipping of bulk energy commodities as well as experience in train logistics for Biomasses and extensive experience in all aspects of commodity trading, from finance to risk hedging. Building and operating supply chains of wood chips, Pellets and Palm Kernel Shell within Europe and from Asia, the Americas and Africa to Europe. De-risking international supply chains to single large scale consumers. Building of national and regional biomass harvesting and processing schemes for regional and interregional supplies. Frequent presentations at key events within the sector helped building a vast network of contacts in the sector. 

From 2007 leading the development of torrefaction technology for the upgrade of biomass becoming one of the standard bearers of this new products and the implementation of the new technology. Establishment of a consortium for the completion of technological development with ANDRITZ AG and Polytechnik GmbH. 

Also from 2007 onwards till today assistance in the development of energy grass plantations on abandoned land for further processing of fuels making at the same time the land farmable again on mid term. 

Involvement in several initiatives to develop greenfield torrefaction projects in Ukraine, Brazil, Mozambique, US, Canada, diverse African countries and Indonesia. 

Pellet and wood chip trading to the European heat market. Building of logistical concepts, supply chains, and all kind of supply contracts for supplies within Europe of from overseas into Europe.

Alessia Gaetani

Alessia Gaetani
Project Officer
Bioenergy Europe

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Alessia Gaetani is Project Officer in the Certification Department of Bioenergy Europe. She has been involved since the beginning in the creation of GoodChips®, the first international certification for the quality of wood chips, and she provides technical support to ENplus®, the world-leading wood pellet certification. Since recently, she also coordinates the Bioenergy Europe’s Working Group wood chips.

Alessia holds a master’s degree in Ecobiology from the university La Sapienza of Rome, Italy, and has a previous research experience in the biogas field.

Alexander Afanasyev

Alexander Afanasyev
Managing Director

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2005 Graduated from Moscow State Technical University with degree in Engineering and 2007 in Economics. Since graduating, became a trader performing roles in Banks and Asset management companies, trading various asset classes. In 2012 acquired a Master of Business Administration degree from Cass Business School, London.

Graduating together with another graduate founded Peltrade - wholesale supplier of biomass fuel to the UK and other EU countries. The company has grown significantly from exporting single container loads, up to tens of thousands of tonnes per month now to become one of the biggest exporters of wood pellets from Russia and is a major UK premium pellet trader and wholesaler.

2016 started Reneport Trading - company specialises in supplying the bulk UK market via a chain of ENplus screening depots.

Sune Balle Hansen

Sune Balle Hansen
Biomass Sustainability Lead

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Sune is Biomass Sustainability Lead in the Section of Biomass Procurement and Logistics in HOFOR, the Greater Copenhagen Utility. HOFOR is an end user of pellets and wood chips with its combined heat and power plant feeding into the Copenhagen district heating grid. His career includes engineering and sustainability research in the private sector as well as in academia including directorship of an academic research centre.

Sune currently holds the responsibility for operational compliance with HOFOR’s biomass sustainability policies, regulatory requirements and biomass sustainability certifications including regular direct contact with HOFOR’s biomass supply chains. He has also been an active member of SBP committees since 2016.

Sune holds an MSc and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr. Holger Streetz

Dr. Holger Streetz
Director of Business Development
Bathan AG

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Holger Streetz studied at Europe-University Viadrina in Germany, at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Since 2010 he oversees international projects at Bathan AG. Holger is responsible for project development in pellet production and several other renewable energy industries and other applications. His work includes on-site support, consulting customers in Best Practice implementation, and managing strategic partnerships. Prior to his current activities, he was a consultant for a leading online fashion shop, Business Development Manager for a Swiss company, and Assistant to the Management for a German group of control and energy solutions companies. Holger holds a doctor and a business degree.

Henk Haaring

Mr. Henk Haaring
General Manager
Dorset Group bv

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Henk Haaring studied animal husbandry at the Agricultural University at Wageningen and started a pig farm. For health reasons he decided 30 years ago to start other business: Dorset Group. First Dorset Farm Systems, nowadays this company is specialized in aircleaning systems for farms.

25 years ago Dorset ID was founded, that now exports all over the world RFID equipment. The electronic Identification is used in logistics and for animal ID.

Last founded was Dorset Green Machines, that specializes in the equipment for handling biomass ( since 2000 ).

In other words: drying, aircleaning, pelletising and sanitation systems for biomass.

Johan Granath

Johan Granath
Senior Vice President, Bioenergy,
Ekman & Co

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Johan Granath is a graduate from the Gothenburg School of Economics. After two years at General Electric in the UK and Sweden, he joined Ekman & Co in 1998 as Credit Manager and later Vice President of Finance.

In 2008 Johan set up Ekman & Co’s Bioenergy division, which trades with most large European end-users of biomass as well as the residential and commercial wood pellet market segments in Europe. Ekman also operates wood pellet plant in Denmark and operates several bagging plants.

Johan is a member of the board of the Swedish Bioenergy Association.

Ian Calvert

Ian Calvert
Head of Biomass

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Ian has twenty years’ experience working with energy and, in particular distributed power generation plant. Between 2005-2007 he was the Senior Policy Analyst for the UK Combined Heat and Power Association and worked with Government on implementing positive changes for the UK cogen industry on emissions trading, tax and power market rules at both European and national levels.

Between 1999-2007 he worked for British Sugar plc with responsibility for UK and EU regulatory and government affairs in energy and environment with a particular focus on CHP, power pricing, biofuels and renewables.

In 2007 he was appointed Head of Strategy at npower Cogen and then in 2010 moved to work at npower Renewables, becoming a Director at RWE Innogy UK in 2012. He is now Head of Biomass UK at RWE Supply and Trading and is currently working on a large district energy project in Fife.

Ian is the immediate past Chairman of the UK Association for Decentralised Energy (

Ian was formerly the Commander of a Specialist Territorial Army unit and since then has gone on to run a world beating renewably fuelled motorcycle road race team. At home he has a gas fired micro CHP unit and an electric car.

Ian has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Dr. Gerry Riley

Dr. Gerry Riley
Head of Business Development and Policy

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Career summary
Over 36 years’ experience in the power sector, focusing on engineering, design, construction and commissioning of fossil-fuel and biomass-fired large industrial and utility boilers, burners and ancillaries. Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Executive Member and Division chair for the combustion division of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum.

Five years with RJM International
36 years of experience

Area of expertise Language
Fuels, Thermal Power Plant, other Large Combustion Plant, Biomass Plant English

BSc Mechanical Engineering, Queen Mary College, University of London Doctor of Philosophy, Queen Mary College, University of London 1981 1987

Professional memberships

Chartered Engineer - CEng Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers - FIMechE

Professional history
RJM Corporation (EC) Limited, Head of Business Development and Policy 2018-Present

RJM Corporation (EC) Limited, Principal Fuels and Combustion Engineer 2014-2018

CEGB and successor companies ending with RWE

Post-Doctoral Research 1987–2014 1984-1986

Professional experience
Sales Manager and combustion specialist, first contact point for technical consultancy and project scope defining as well as problem-solving, trouble-shooting and focus on solutions delivery.

Previous Experience

2014 – 2018 Principal Fuels and Combustion Engineer at RJM International.
Fuels and Combustion expert involved in engineering and design, technical assessment of new and existing projects, combustion system analysis, fuels assessment and advice on all matters relating to combustion system performance as required. He has a wide experience of fuels and combustion, both on test rigs and power stations; working directly with stations and on-site when necessary and has a wide experience of practical problem- solving at power stations, in the UK and overseas.

2000 – 2014 Corporate Engineer for Fuels and Combustion
His roles and responsibilities covered providing fuel and combustion advice to all of RWE Generation’s UK operations. Core competencies included strategic views of fuel, giving advice on fuel quality evaluation, fuel and combustion problem diagnosis, fuel quality impact assessment and due diligence. Gerry was also responsible for the technical input into all solid fuel procurement in the UK.

1996 – 1999 Senior Engineer
Responsible for writing National Power’s Technical Procedure on Fuel Selection and Assessment. Completed projects on ash-refiring for Pego Power station, the assessment of Bovial by-product disposal and the impact of blending on slagging.

1992 – 1996 First Engineer
Responsible for advice on fuel quality assessment, impact evaluation and the day to day management of the CTF programme and finances. In 1994, the CTF was relocated to Didcot A Power Station. As project manager, completed the £2m installation ahead of time and within budget.

1989 – 1992 A founder member of National Power’s Combustion Group
based at the Leatherhead Research Laboratory (CERL). Continued to support power stations in minimising the impact of coal slagging and fouling on their normal operation and played a key role in the slagging task force that successfully modified boilers at Ironbridge power station to minimise slagging problems. Technical project manager for the design and build of NP’s Combustion Test Facility (CTF). He was also responsible for the day to day management of the CTF programme and finances.

1987 – 1989 Joined the Combustion Group
at the CEGB’s Marchwood Engineering Laboratories (MEL) in 1987. In the first two years, worked in support of power stations in the area of coal slagging and fouling. During this period, undertook training to become a chartered engineer. In April 1989, took on responsibility for running the research programme on the MEL ash deposition rig. Also undertook in-furnace video work that contributed to the successful solution of a severe slagging problem at Drax Power Station.

1984-1986 Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine.
Post-doctoral research assistant to Professor David Gosman working on mathematical modelling of particle dispersion and oil sprays.

Selected projects SIMEC Uskmouth Power Limited (SUP), Wales, UK
2018 - present

Key involvement in the origination of the project through pre-FEED and FEED. RJM technical lead for the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) Study for this world-first conversion of a coal-fired plant to fire a new, low carbon, waste-derived energy pellet.

AES Mong Duong II, Vietnam
2014 – present

Oversight role for all aspects of this complex project to resolve various combustion issues, especially instigation of complex coal characterisation research.

Tilbury biomass conversion project

Origination of concept; demonstration of concept and support in delivery of the project. Technical input into the Industrial Wood Pellet Buyer specification. Working on pellet quality with Georgia Biomass (pellet producers). Technical input into the development of the commercial pellet specification. Evaluation of strategies to combat ash deposition problems with biomass combustion, e.g. additive/pfa options.

Lynemouth biomass conversion project

Technical lead on feasibility study, lead on proof of concept and support to project development. Technical input into the development of the commercial pellet specification.

Enna FBC, Sicily

Key member of Engineering’s project team looking into poor operation of the newly-commissioned wood-fired bubbling bed combustor, with particular focus on ash deposition.

Aberthaw power station, UK

Advice on coal strategy and operational coaling issues.

RWE Hard Coal Quality Working Group / Biomass Centre of Competence

UK representative on these RWE working groups.

Fuel Testing Research on RWE’s Combustion Test Facility

Technical lead for the design and construction of the CTF and manager of the facility. During its 20 years of operation, research was carried out on an extensive range of fuels; these included a wide range of coals, biomass, liquid fuels and waste fuels.

Selection of Publications

- Jones, A.R. and Riley, G.S. (1987), “Deposition Characterisation of a CEGB 660Mwe Coal-Fired Boiler”, Paper presented at EPRI conference on “The Effects of Coal Quality on Power Plant”, Atlanta, 13-15 October 1987.

- Lee, F.C.C., Riley, G.S. and Lockwood, F.C. (1996), “Prediction of ash deposition in pulverised coal combustion systems”, Applications of advanced technology to ash-related problems in boilers, Ed Baxter and DeSollar, Plenum Press, 1996.

- Manton, N.J., Riley, G.S. and Williamson, J. (1996), “A laboratory assessment of the slagging propensity of blended coals” 212th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Fuel Division Vo1. 41, No 3, pp. 1113-117

- Manton, N.J., Riley, G.S. and Williamson, J. (1997), “Assessing the changes in slagging propensity with composition for blended coals”, Presented at 9th International Conference on Coal Science, Essen, Germany, September 1997.

- Beeley, T., Cahill, P., Riley, G., Stephenson, P., Lewitt, M., Whitehouse, M. (2000), "The effect of coal blending on combustion performance", Report No Coal R177, DTI/Pub URN 00/509

- Malmgren, A. and Riley, G: Case studies | Large-scale biomass power generation. Comprehensive Renewable Energy: Volume 5 - Biomass and Biofuels (2012)

Preben V. Messerschmidt

Preben V. Messerschmidt
Project Director

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Originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer within Thermodynamics, Preben has spent some 28 years working in the Energy and Power generation fields in both the Public and Private Sector.

His career includes Design Management, Commissioning, Operational management positions as well as Project Management on projects across the world, from Canada over the UK and Denmark to Bangladesh.

In recent years Preben has been involved with Business and Project development in the Power and Biomass sectors for Ramboll, dealing in particular with the development, management and execution of numerous biomass projects internationally, ranging in size from dedicated biomass facilities of a few or few tens of MW, to biomass conversions on a Gigawatt scale.

He is a regular speaker at international energy conferences, and has also been an Author and Contributor to technical documents for thermal energy processes.

Giulio Volpi

Giulio Volpi
Directorate General for Energy
European Commission

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Biography pending.



Sponsors & Exhibitors


Lunch Sponsor


Consumers increasingly value products, packaging and fuels produced from sustainable resources. Sustainable technology company Anellotech wants to help meet this demand by commercializing technology for the production of cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels.

Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat™ process produces 100% bio-based BTX (i.e. benzene, toluene and xylene) ‘drop-in’ aromatic chemicals, offering a solution to the lack of efficient, scalable processes for producing BTX from renewable, non-food biomass. In addition to BTX, Bio-TCat technology produces a heavier aromatics product, which can be used as bio-marine fuel, or can be upgraded to make diesel or jet fuel blendstocks.

Anellotech was founded in 2008 and has raised US$80 million in cash and in-kind contributions to date. These considerable investments come from our highly-motivated strategic partners, who are working alongside us to develop and commercialize Bio-TCat, our efficient, eco-friendly thermal catalytic process which helps chemical producers and brand owners economically meet environmental sustainability goals. A recent Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) review of Anellotech’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), by Jacobs Engineering Group showed that renewably-sourced Bio-TCat products produce significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to identical petro-based chemicals.

Anellotech’s bio-aromatics are currently produced using loblolly pine feedstock from the southern United States at Anellotech’s T-Cat8® pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas. Commercially-viable process yields and catalyst performance have been demonstrated and TCat-8 has shown stable, consistent and safe process operations in multi-month studies. As a result, Anellotech has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant.

Anellotech’s world-class R&D team is jointly developing the Bio-TCat process through long-term partnerships with leaders in process development, catalysis, engineering design, and licensing. Anellotech’s alliance network includes:

  • Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company which is co-developing and providing catalysts for the development program and will manufacture catalysts for commercial use
  • IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), the French public research entity, is collaborating with Anellotech throughout the process development program.
  • Axens, an international provider of licensed advanced technologies, is our partner for commercialization, global licensing, basic engineering design, start-up and technical support for licensees.
  • Suntory, one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies, has partnered with Anellotech to advance the development and commercialization of cost-competitive bio-aromatics, including bio-paraxylene, the key component needed to make a 100 percent bio-based PET beverage bottles
  • Toyota Tsusho Corporation, is the Toyota Group's general trading company that develops diversified businesses. Toyota Tsusho announced publicly its investment in Anellotech in July 2016.  

Want to find out more about Anellotech? Contact us to request a copy of an overview presentation about Anellotech and the Bio-TCat process.


Networking Drinks Sponsor

Nature Energy

Nature Energy Biogas – Biomethane production environmentally and economically sustainable
Nature Energy has clear goals in developing and operating large scale biogas facilities. This results in efficient biogas and biomethane production and ensures society gets the highest sustainable yield.

We develop and operate biogas facilities in all parts of Denmark, locally run, and centrally monitored. Biogas plants such as this one help to consolidate the renewable energy industry in Europe and contribute to low-carbon development by reducing fossil fuel dependence with a clean and viable alternative.

Nature Energy market the produced biomethane to various consumers in Europe. Examples of these are major car manufacturer, Utilities adding biomethane to the natural gas mix, to the production of biomethanol, and for CNG driven buses and garbage trucks throughout Denmark.


Coffee Break Sponsor


STX Commodities is an international environmental commodities liquidity provider. STX’s mission is to facilitate energy producers, utilities, industrials, oil majors and corporates in Europe and North America to manage their environmental portfolio by offering market access and tailored solutions. STX has built an extensive network and knowledge in European biomethane and electricity market and is therefore able to offer a wide range of products and arbitrage opportunities. Visit


Silver Sponsor


About Shell New Energies
Shell established its New Energies division in 2016. Shell New Energies focuses on two main areas: new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen; and power, being involved at almost every stage of the process, from generating electricity, to buying and selling it, to supplying it directly to customers. Shell aims to make electricity a significant part of its business. Shell’s New Energies business is seeking to leverage the company’s strengths in fast-growing and commercial parts of the energy industry. For more information, go to

Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit


Lanyard Sponsor


SCB is the world’s largest biofuel brokerage group of companies and is a market leader in European Grains and Softs as well as carbon reduction credit markets. Founded in 2006, the company’s goal is to promote the adoption of a low carbon future. As broker, SCB connects buyers and sellers of commodities across the globe covering both physical and derivative markets. We serve the commodities industry through increased price transparency and by lowering trading costs. Our commitment is to a relentless pursuit of our clients’ goals. Our integrity guides us, and our clients benefit from our focused vision. SCB Group has offices in Chicago, Puerto Rico, London, Nyon and Singapore. The firm also offers global expertise in RINS and other government credit markets as well as glycerine, UCO, tallow and paper swaps on biofuels.


Bronze Sponsor

Texaco Havoline

Texaco Havoline has been established in Europe for over 100 years. Havoline engine oils have delivered advanced technology, outstanding engine protection and proven performance since 1904. Today, Havoline with Deposit ShieldTM technology continues to protect engines against harmful deposits, help improve performance and optimise fuel economy.

Texaco Havoline range of products includes high performance engine oils, transmission fluids and antifreeze and coolants.


Wifi Sponsor

Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas has been shaping a world of trust for over 190 years.

We are a world leading inspection and testing organisation for the growing commodities industry. Focused on our clients, we’re driven by society and the industries we serve.

Our global network of state-of-the-art laboratories located at every major shipping port and petroleum terminal hub, offer independent laboratory testing and related services across Oil & Petrochemicals, Metals & Minerals and Agriculture & Food markets.

Our experts offer invaluable industry experience with the added value of local knowledge, specific to each region we represent.





Corrocoat Ltd
We manufacture and apply glass flake coatings to protect equipment from corrosion in aggressive areas. We work heavily in the BIO-ENERGY market and have proven success in protecting many areas. Ducting, stacks, pipework, tanks, vessels, concrete and work in the baghouse We have 37 operation around the world and can save you time and money by using our systems which provide long term protection in aggressive service environments.

Dorset Green Machines


Dorset Green Machines, a Dutch machine manufacturing enterprise. Our focus is on “commercially attractive solutions for treatment of biomass waste products”.

We are specialists in using available residual heat for drying biomasses, such as:

   - manure,
   - digestate,
   - woodchips,
   - sewage sludge,
   - other biomasses

Dorset produces anything from plug-and-play solutions up to complete processing factories.

Dorset manufactures complete pelleting plants in plug-and-play container solutions. Pelletizing makes the dried product more marketable and significantly decreases the volume.

Other treatment options we offer:

   - Vacuum evaporation can be used for effective separation of water from substance.
   - Pyrolysis for processing biomass into ash, oil and gas.

Our dryers are frequently provided with biological or chemical Air Cleaning, which reduce odour, dust and ammonia emissions.

Let us know the material you want to process and what your situation is. We will tell you what solutions we would recommend.

Weverij 26
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)543 472103



Stocker lndustrie has been providing service to customers since 1952. We offer products from Bacharach, Danfoss-Safag, Monarch, MRU, De/taOhm, as well as our own manufactured Spirafiltre line of oil and hydraulic filters.

We specialise in providing equipment which improves efficiency and reliability in all oil and hydraulic pumping and filtration systems. We offer a full range of equipment including:

- high capacity/pressure pumping systems
- fluid dynamic based filters
- advanced combustion analysers
- precision nozzles

All of our products are provided with Stocker lndustrie's full service and maintenance coverage which reduces downtime and unplanned service interruptions.

Our Mission

We deliver the highest quality and most reliable products for you, our customers.

We work closely with you for the long-term so we can anticipate your changing needs and can provide solutions in the shortest time possible.

The Oil Market Journal


The Oil Market Journal was founded with the aim of providing large volume oil buyers with reliable intraday assessments on Rotterdam Spot Market trading in refined products such as road diesel, gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.

The OMJ has expanded rapidly and today offers a broad range of biofuel and feedstock prices, news and analysis which are delivered to clients via a suite of innovative delivery systems.

The company is managed by a team of experienced oil and technology professionals and has a proven track record of combining accurate market analysis with reliable intra price assessments and innovative technologies.



Changing the world through biotech - Ductor

Our groundbreaking technology revolutionizes the biogas industry while addressing major global issues surrounding waste management, increased food demand and clean energy needs.



We are a family-owned enterprise based in Neckarsulm-Obereisesheim, Germany, which manufactures high quality and durable portable and stationary Emission Monitoring Systems for the HVAC / Installers market and industrial applications. Our wide range of products includes instruments for mobile and stationary gas analysis, biogas and syngas analysis, automotive exhaust gas analysis as well as precision digital manometers.

MRU was founded on 1st, June 1984 with just two employees and developed into a nationally as well as internationally respected enterprise. At its headquarters in Neckarsulm-Obereisesheim, MRU develops, produces and sells Emission Monitoring Systems for portable and stationary use all around the world. Today MRU Emission Monitoring Systems are being exported in more than 70 countries worldwide.

MRU is managed by the founder and Managing Director Erwin Hintz and the Assistant Managing Director and Sales Manager Martin Seegräber. The next generation of the family business daughter Helena Hintz and her partner Jörg Renner entered the family enterprise in 2014 and 201



SARETCO is a French company specialized in supplying spare parts for Waste-To-Energy (WTE) plants (Pushers, Grates ...) for over 35 years.

With its maxim “Let's not waste our waste”, a source of energy, company has innovated numerous solutions to deal with the operator’s daily problems that ensure a long life and reduction of maintenance costs, and patented a number of combustion grate designs.



Gazpack BV was founded in 2006 as a daughter company of Airpack Netherlands BV and has since developed a unique system for upgrading biomass to green gas. The patented Sulaway® system is unique in its kind because it produces no waste; all outputs of the process are reusable. It’s a regenerative process that separates the sulphur from the biogas or oil gas, producing almost pure and usable sulphur gas and clean gas without any waste.

The Gazpack Sulaway® system can be applied in various gas streams and processes. Due to the modular building configuration and custom engineering, the Gazpack Sulaway® system can be integrated into any existing facilities and manufactured according client requirements. Our experience in both oil and gas industry as well as the agricultural sector allows us to build the best suitable installation for the required application.



Bees, a specialist bio-event organiser, is an independent company operating within a network of international strategic partnerships to actively raise the profile and uptake of bioenergy and the bioeconomy worldwide. In the context of current and the predicted future effects of climate change, Bees is driven by the simple conviction that we must act and act now to implement sustainable solutions to this “life as we know it” threat - solutions such as those offered by the bioeconomy and bioenergy. Our current event portfolio includes bio360, the Salon Bois Energie (wood energy), Biogaz Europe and ReGen Europe.



Official Magazine

Bioenergy Insight

Partner Magazine

Association Partners

European Biogas Association World Bioenergy Association BBE
biogasrat bg biom nternational Biomass Torrefaction Council
kompost & biogas verband REA Bioenergy Australia
oekoenergie Holzenergie SCHWEIZ bg biom

Media Partners

Advanced Biofuels USA Alternative Energy Africa Magazine German Biofuel Portal
Magazyn Biomasa greenea
Bio Based Press BioRefineries Blog biomass-events
Be sustainable Biomass Magazine Pellet Mill Magazine
Wood Bioenergy Energybss Green Journal
Green Match PV Europe energy central
Ukranian Biofuels Portal    

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Hotel Le Plaza
Blvd Adolphe Max 118-126
B-1000 Brussels

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delegate rooms


FREE plant tour for all delegates

EngieNetworking really is at its best with the ENGIE plant tour at Les Awirs kicking off this year's Biomass Congress & Expo.

Register NOW or miss out

Only 40 places available so reserve your seat NOW and take advantage of the 10% Earlybird discount. Tour date 21 October 2019

The Engie PlantAlways seen as a great ice breaker - begin networking at this year’s event with the Engie plant tour.

The Les Awirs power plant is located on the left side of the Meuse, upstream of the industrial area of Liège. By 1973 it developed a power of 670 MW distributed among five groups; the main fuels were coal and natural gas. Three units have been definitively decommissioned in 1998. Whilst unit 5 is still powered by natural gas, unit 4 experienced in 2005 an unprecedented conversion: coal has been completely replaced by wood residues as fuel, a world first!

Join your fellow delegates and speakers and really get to know them before the conference and expo starts on the 22nd October.

The next day following the conference, we have a networking drinks reception. These are just some of the FREE networking opportunities we have lined up for you this year, all included in your delegate pass. And don’t forget your pass gives you free access to the concurrent Biogas Congress & Expo & the Biofuels International Conference & Expo, now in its 12th year.


Save €1,395 - 3 for 2 -Only pay for 2 delegates when registering 3 from your companyThe 2019 delegate rates start from €699 + vat for one day or €1,395 + vat for 2 days.

All fees include lunches, networking functions and post event access to presentations.

Please note that delegates have full access to both the Bioenergy Conferences and the Biofuels International Conference at no extra cost. You only need to register once for all events.

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