13th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power, 第13回 バイオマス・ペレット会議 ~貿易と発電

16-18 May, 2023 - Tokyo, JAPAN

Tokyo Marriott Hotel


Conference Registration


CMT & Chairman’s Welcome


Keynote Address

Mr. Seishi Narita, Chairman, Biomass Power Association; President & CEO,

Marubeni Clean Power Corporation


Sustainable Bioenergy: A Critical Enabler to Decarbonizing the Japanese Economy

  • Latest policy development of FIT highlighting the new GHG regulation
  • Emerging growth opportunities beyond the FIT; black pellet, SAF, and biomaterials
  • Sustainability: the basis of the bioeconomy growth

Dr. Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher

Renewable Energy Institute


Networking Coffee Reception at Biomass Pellet Trade & Power Exhibition Area


Korean Wood Pellet Market & KOEN's procurement


The Future of Biomass Power Generation & Biomass Demand in Taiwan

Dr. Chia-Chi Chang, Senior Researcher

Taiwan Bio-energy Technology Development Association


Topic to be advised


Networking Luncheon Reception

Sponsored by:


Agricultural Biomass Utilisation Outside the Power Sector

  • Agri biomass competitiveness against coal without subsidies
  • Kilns: from lime to expanded clay to refractories
  • New entrants SAF, bedding & etc

Mr. John Robert McFarlane, Biomass Broker for Kilns and Boilers



Alternative Biomass & Where to Find them?

  • METI recently approved list of agricultural biomass
  • Drastic changes in wood pellet prices while PKS fairly stable
  • Solving existing environmental problems by utilizing agricultural biomass

Mr. Ryuu Lee, Head of Asia Trading

CM Biomass


Opportunities & Environmental Benefits of the US-Japan Pellet Trade, with Focus on Residual Biomass in the US Pacific Northwest

  • The US Pacific Northwest region produces large amounts of residual biomass (over 9 million dry tons annually), a significant proportion of which is treated as waste and disposed of.  This ‘waste’ biomass, consisting of mill residues and harvest residues, is increasingly converted to wood pellets (black and white pellets) as a bioenergy alternative.
  • Based on a UW study, black and white pellets produced from residues and exported to Japanese power plants have 90% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal, even after factoring in transportation emissions from US manufacturers to the Japanese power plants. The physical and chemical properties of the pellets produced with residual woody biomass (primarily bark and branches) meet or surpass all ISO and Japanese standards.
  • Given the high percentage of certified (FSC and SFI) industrial forests, it provides the necessary requirement for sustainable procurement of biomass used for bioenergy solutions.

Indroneil Ganguly, Associate Professor

University of Washington


Networking Tea Reception at Biomass Pellet Trade & Power Exhibition Area


The Battle for Fibre in South East Asia

  • Update on pellet production capacity in SE Asia with a focus on Vietnam
  • An introduction to feedstock types in the region
  • The interaction between pulp chip markets and pellet production
  • The impact of increasing pulp demand on feedstock availability
  • Prospects of future capacity expansions in Vietnam

Ms. Rachael Levinson, Biomass Research Manager

Hawkins Wright Ltd.


Global Wood Pellet Panel

Moderated by:

Ms. Rachael Levinson, Biomass Research Manager

Hawkins Wright Ltd.

Mr. Mads Thomsen, Director

CM Biomass Partners


Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by:


End of Day One


CMT & Chairman’s Welcome


Biomass Co-Firing Prospect in Indonesia & Impact on Exports

  • 1.2GW coal power plant case study
  • Captive coal power plant biomass sourcing for multinational enterprise
  • PLN co-firing plans and progress
  • How co-firing plans affects biomass export volumes

Mr. Santeri Rantala, CEO

Solcofin Pte Ltd


Oil Palm Biomass as Means to Increase Renewable Energy Adoption & Reducing Carbon Emission to Sime Darby Plantation’s Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) net-zero commitment

  • SDP overall carbon emission reduction initiative
  • Oil palm biomass availability & its relevance to carbon emission reduction.
  • Forest plantation option for land banks & combining net-zero commitment with new growth area of renewable energy

Mr. Hirzun Mohd Yusof, Head Innovation & New Ventures

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad


Changes in Trading Dynamics for PKS: A Market Update

  • PKS price volatility drivers: demand vs supply fundamentals
  • European demand potential for PKS
  • Market impact from certification requirements

Ms. Erisa Senerdem, Editor

Argus Media Ltd


Networking Coffee Reception at Biomass Pellet Trade & Power Exhibition Area


Global trend towards High Efficiency Wood Pelleting Plant


Mr. Olaf Naehrig, Senior Area Manager

Amandus Kahl GmbH & CO. KG


Topic to be Advised

Mr. Naoki Kawamoto, Manager

Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd


Industrial Green Carbon Solutions

  • Biocoal – Biochar – Biocarbone
  • Clean power & heat generation
  • Carbon-negative materials
  • Green steel & metal production

Mr. Yvan Guay, Vice-President, Business Development

Airex Energy Inc


Black Pellet Supply Chain: From Long-Delayed Dream to Present Reality

  • Solving the chicken & egg problem requires visionary investors
  • The first FlashTor® plant in Asia is operational & the further roll-out has started
  • Torrefaction makes agricultural residues a viable source of feedstock

Mr. Maarten Herrebrugh, CEO

Blackwood Technology B.V.


Networking Luncheon Reception

Sponsored by:


Roundtable 1 – Feedback from Japan Domestic Biomass Industry (in Japanese Language)


Roundtable 2 – Dialogue between the Japanese Biomass Buyers & Suppliers (in English language)


Closing Tea Reception at Biomass Pellet Trade & Power Exhibition Area


End of Conference

Post Conference Site Visit

18th May 2023 - Post Conference Site Visit to


Kanda Biomass Power Plant

(Limited availability, confirmation upon completion of payment and ticketing)



The Kanda Biomass Power Plant in Kanda Town, Fukuoka Prefecture, and is one of the largest power plants in Japan that uses 100% bio-derived woody biomass as fuel. https://www.kb-energy.jp/


Output scale : About 75MW (annual power transmission of 500 GWh/year (approx..  170,000 households)
Main biomass fuels utilised in this plant : Wood Pellets, PKS and Wood Chips
Shareholders : RENOVA Inc., Sumitomo Forestry Co.Ltd., Kyuden Mirai Energy Co.Ltd., Mihara Group Co.Ltd.


06:30    Depart Marriott for Haneda airport
08:00 Flight from Tokyo to Kita-Kyushu
09:30 Arrive at Kita-Kyushu airport
10:00 - 15:30 Proceed to KBE site visit and overview of projects in the vicinity (Bento lunch served during tour)
15:30 Depart for Kita-Kyushu airport
16:50 Flight back to Tokyo
18:20 Arrive at Tokyo, and bus transfer to Marriott
19:00 Arrival at Tokyo Marriott Hotel; End of site visit


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