8th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power
第8回 バイオマス・ペレット会議 ~貿易と発電~

15-18 May, 2017 - Tokyo, JAPAN

Tokyo Marriott Hotel
About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano

Graduated from Waseda University's Faculty of Law, joined Sumitomo Coporation in 1978, experienced two times assignments in overseas office in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. My business carrier covers pulp & paper industry, particularly woodchips procurement for paper making as well as management of overseas tree plantation project. Biomass business involvement starting from 2007 and now continuing.

Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano, General Manager, Biomass Business Team
Sumitomo Corporation
Growth of Japan’s Biomass Demand & Import Outlook
Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 09:10 AM
Mr. Weiquan Wang

Wang Weiquan is the Vice Secretary General of China Renewable Energy Industry Association.

Since 2006, Weiquan has been focusing on renewable energy, including solar PV, wind power, solar heating water, biogas, biomass power, MSW project, biomass heating, bio-liquid fuel, etc. His work covers policy analysis, market study, conference and expos, study tour, etc. He has participated many studies and programs about renewable energy such as "Chinese Wind Power Development Report in2012", "New Energy Development Planning in Tibet", "Study on Financing Mechanism of Distributed Solar PV Power Project". He is also the team leader of high-level biomass conferences named as Bio-Energy China 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, respectively.

Weiquan began to work on CDM project development in 2005 on a professional level, in all matters related to CDM projects. So far, he has been involved in over 50 CDM projects, including wind power, hydro power, biogas, landfill gas, biomass, waste heat recovery, etc. He successfully developed the first biomass CDM project in China.

Mr. Weiquan Wang, Vice Secretary General
China Renewable Energy Industry Association
China Biomass Energy Policy & Implication on Biomass Demand & Imports
Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 11:35 AM
Mr. Matt Bovelander

Matt Bovelander, Senior Consultant Biomass Solutions, holds a Masters degree in Science (first class honours) from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Management) from Massey University.

Mr Bovelander has worked for many years in forest industry consulting bringing a wealth of experience based solutions to a broad range of client challenges from Asia to West Africa and South America. Specifically Mr Bovelander’s bio solutions focus has concentrated primarily on agricultural feedstocks for biofuels (e.g. oil palm and Jatropha for biodiesel and sugar cane for bioethanol) as well as biomass (e.g. wood chips, wood pellets and EFB pellets) for energy generation and bio based economies. This work has included investigation into the development of short rotation woody crops in support of industry initiatives.

Typical assignments undertaken by Mr Bovelander include market research, feed stock assessment, technology evaluation, due diligence and project feasibility assessment for a wide range of clients covering forest industry, investors, lenders, project developers and trading houses.

Mr. Matt Bovelander, Senior Consultant Bio Solutions
Indufor Asia Pacific Ltd
China & Taiwan: Emergent New Markets in North Asian Biomass Trade
Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 12:00 PM
Mr. Daichi Kamite

Mr Kamite graduated Keio University with a Master degree in Administration Engineering.  He is certified “Energy Risk Professional” of Global Association of Risk Professionals.

He has worked in the Japanese utility sector for 14years, and mostly in power marketing and risk management.  Since two years ago, he has been with eREX and involved in developing biomass power plants.  He is now in charge of energy trading dept. which is established last October.

Mr. Daichi Kamite, General Manager, Head of Energy Trading
eRex Co. Ltd.
IPP Biomass Power Operation in Japan – eRex’s Experience with Current Operation & Biomass Requirements
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 09:05 AM
Mr. Shuzo Watanabe

Shuzo Watanabe has been General Manager of development for Gasification technology(TIGAR) since 2007, which is applied to Biomass gacification.  In 2006, he took on the position of Guest Researcher of Tsinghua Univ.(Beijing China) , relating to Clean Coal Technology.  Between 1998-2002, he developed the Circulating fluidized bed boiler applied for waste-fuels/biomass fuels and those CFBs have been delivered for domestic customers.

Mr. Shuzo Watanabe, General Manager, Gasification Technology
IHI Corporation
Various Biomass Utilization Technologies
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 09:35 AM
Peter Bjorklund

Peter is currently senior process engineer at Valmet Biomass Conversion Technology based in Sweden.  He is responsible for development of steam explosion based fuel pellet solutions.

Peter Bjorklund, Senior Process Engineer
Valmet AB
Mass-Yield Loss & Heating Value Uplift during Steam Explosion Treatment of Hard Wood
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 10:00 AM
Ms. Rachael Levinson

Rachael Levinson joined Argus Media in 2014 to cover the biomass markets. She currently leads the biomass editorial team at Argus and edits the Argus Biomass Markets weekly report.

Argus Biomass Markets is the leading publication for the international wood pellet and wood chip sectors, covering premium pellets, industrial pellets and chips. The service includes full market coverage, news, and analysis, as well as publishing weekly wood pellet and chip prices.

Rachael has been a financial journalist for 8 years.  

Ms. Rachael Levinson, Acting Editor, Biomass Markets
Argus Media Ltd
Growth of Biomass Power Capacity in the Asia-Pacific Region & Corresponding Demand Expansion for Biomass
Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 02:10 PM
Mr. Oliver Mauss

Oliver is a Managing Director and founding Partner of ARP Holding Pte Ltd. The Asia Resource Partners group was established in 2006 and is made up of a number of privately owned companies rapidly expanding into South East Asia and Japan. Headquartered in Singapore, the group's business activities focuses on the following segments:

Biomass and Coal Marketing, Export/Import - ARPH's biomass business focuses on palm kernel shells sourced via reputable and reliable business partners in Malaysia and Indonesia. ARPH is actively stocking biomass and managing stockpiles in South East Asia for marketing to Asian and European end customers via its distribution partners.

Fuels and Logistics, covering both conventional vehicle and bulk fuels; Hauling and Mine Logistics.

Oliver formerly worked at Morgan Stanley , Credit Suisse, and A.C. Nielsen in Singapore and Tokyo. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude from Babson College with a Major in International Business Studies/Minor in Japanese Studies.

Mr. Oliver Mauss, Managing Director
Asia Resource Partners Pte. Ltd.
Japanese Biomass Demand Shift – Analysis of Increasing Japanese Biomass Demand, Requirement for a Multiple Feedstock Strategy & Solutions Required to Increase Supply Stability
Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 03:45 PM

Day 2 [Tue 16, May], at 04:15 PM
Mr. Kitti Chulasamaya
In 2012, BioPellets started developing energy plantation for power plant by co-ordinating with local farmers under the concept of OTOM (One Tambon One Megawatt; Tambon in Thai mean District which is averaged for 2,000 house hold). In 2015 their pellet plant came on-stream by using sawdust and wood shaving from wood industry.

Mr. Kitti Chulasamaya, CEO
BioPellets Thailand Co Ltd
Thai Wood Pellet Market Update & Supply Outlook for North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 11:40 AM
Mr. Scott Bax

As Senior Vice President of Operations for Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Scott is responsible for the safe and productive operations of Pinnacle’s seven pellet plants located throughout BC, Canada. Scott is also Chair of the Wood Pellet Associations of Canada’s Safety Committee and is active in driving safety conversations across the entire pellet supply chain.  Before joining Pinnacle, Scott acquired over 20 years of forestry experience in wood manufacturing facilities and logging operations throughout Canada and the USA. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Forestry (MF) both from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Scott Bax, Senior Vice-President, Operations
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Review of the Western Canadian Wood Pellet Supply Chain to Asia
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 02:05 PM

Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 03:00 PM
Seth Ginther

Seth Ginther is Executive Director of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association and co-managing partner of Hirschler Fleischer's renewable energy group. Seth represents the interests of the US based industrial pellet industry with a focus on issues such as specifications, certifications, sustainability, uniformity of contracts, shipping and other exporting issues such as port infrastructure and transportation. Seth earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.

Seth Ginther, Executive Director
US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA)
Pathways for the US to Provide Secure, Sustainable Supply of Pellets to Asian Markets
Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 12:10 PM
Mr. Thomas Meth

Thomas Meth is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Sales and Marketing team of the Enviva family of companies. Thomas has led Enviva’s global Sales and Marketing team since the company’s inception, developing strategies and contracts for utility, industrial and commercial customers in the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also responsible for Enviva’s sustainability and public affairs initiatives. Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) completed its initial public in April 2015, becoming the first publicly traded, master limited partnership that focuses on renewable energy production. The publication Environmental Finance named Enviva’s IPO its “Bioenergy Deal of the Year”.  He has been with Enviva for over 12 years.


Mr. Thomas Meth, Executive VP, Sales & Marketing
Enviva LP

Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 03:00 PM
Mr. Ian Sandeman

Ian Sandeman has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Altus since 2007. Ian has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sector including State Forests of New South Wales, Mondi Limited and Hancock Victorian Plantations. Ian has had more than 30 years of international experience working with companies in Japan, the USA, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Honours B. (Business & Administration) and a Master of Business Administration all from the University of Stellenbosch.

Mr. Ian Sandeman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Altus Renewables Limited

Day 3 [Wed 17, May], at 03:00 PM