Biomass Trade & Power

10-12 Mar, 2010 - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

Golden Tulip Rotterdam-Centre
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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. Peter-Paul Schouwenberg

 Peter - Paul Schouwenberg has a legal and business administration background and currently working as Senior Officier Regulatory Affairs and Project Manager Biobased Economy within Essent. Previously Peter-Paul was Vice-President Biofuels & Development within Essent Trading International SA in Geneva, and for more than 10 years responsible for the sourcing, trading and development of biomass (solids and liquids) on a global scale. Due to his leadership Essent became one of the authorities in the biomass market.


He developed furthermore an unique track and trace system, which can be used worldwide in the discussions regarding the sustainability of biomass. Furthermore he was one of the initiators of the standard Gafta (trading) contract for Biomass and the introduction of a forward curve for woodpellets. He was also involved in the development of several new (bio)fuels for the production of sustainable green electricity. The most important one, a worldwide primeur, was the development of a fair-trade coffeehuskpellet in Brazil. For this project he received the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America's) Sustainability Award.

Mr. Peter-Paul Schouwenberg, Senior Officer - Regulator Affairs, Essent''s Corporate Affairs
Essent Business Development
Nidera - Pooling for Success: Pooling Production & Conversion Capacity Strategy for Growth
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 11:05 AM

Mr. Guido Rivolta ***

 Guido Rivolta is Partner of Ambienta Sgr S.p.A. Mr Rivolta has extensive experience in the automotive and environmental sectors. He was General Manager of Pirelli Ambiente Eco Technology (Pirelli group) from 1997 to 2007. The Company, is active, in Italy and abroad, in the clean technology sector. The turnover in 2006 was more than €70m. The Company
has developed, produces and sells:

i) an alternative fuel - branded with the name "Gecam - the white diesel"; a diesel/water emulsion that reduces by 40% the particulate emissions from diesel engines.
ii) a diesel particulate filter system DPF that, installed as retrofit on heavy duty vehicles, reduces the particulate emissions by over 95%. During this experience he acquired a deep knowledge in analysing technologies to reduce pollution from engines, heating and power plants.


He has analysed all alternative fuels (bio-diesel, bio-ethanol, vegetable oils, etc) and all types of energy conversion devices (fuel cell, micro turbines, hybrid drivelines, etc).


Prior to this he worked for McKinsey as a consultant for a year and for a decade in the automotive sector. He worked for Piaggio as engines plant manager and for the clutches division of Valeo in England and in France.

Mr. Guido Rivolta ***, Partner
Ambienta SGR SPA
Financing Requirement for Biopower Value Chain
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 11:30 AM

Arnold Dale

 Arnold is Vice President Bioenergy with Ekman & Co in Gothenburg Sweden. Ekman is one of the world’s leading sales and marketing organizations, focusing on the global forestry industry with an annual turnover of $2.5 billion.  He is responsible for the sales and marketing of wood pellets including the 900 000 tons of wood pellets produced by Vyborgskaya in Russia.


Before joining Ekman & co Arnold was the Sales Director with the Swedish pellet producer Latgran in Latvia.


Arnold is the  Chairman of EIPS the European Industrial Pellet Suppliers group and is a board member of EPC the European Pellet Council. EPC is best known as the organization which administers the EN Plus trade mark. 

Arnold Dale, Vice President Bioenergy
Ekman & Co AB
Export Potential of Biomass from the Baltic (with Focus on Latvia)
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 01:15 PM

Mr. Chris Malins ***
Chris joined the RFA as the Communications Specialist in the Carbon and Sustainability Team as it became operational in 2008. He is Editor of the Renewable Fuels Digest, was Communications Coordinator for the Gallagher Review and regularly represents the RFA at conferences in the UK and abroad. He was heavily involved in producing the RFA's 'Year One of the RTFO' report, and lead author of the RFA's recent 'Malaysian Palm Oil' case study.

Before joining the RFA Chris did a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Sheffield University.

Mr. Chris Malins ***, Communications Specialist
Renewable Fuels Agency
"Roundtable" on Biomass Certification & Implications for Trade
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 09:30 AM

Mr. Andreas Feige
 Andreas Feige is married and has two kids. He received his degree in mechanical engineering at the RWTH in Aachen and the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London and worked ten years in several industry positions. Before he became partner and vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton he was partner and director of Arthur D. Little and supported clients in implementing their growth and innovation strategies.
Since more than six years Andreas Feige is acting as a partner of the meó consulting team where his work is focused on renewables. He was intensively involved in developing solutions for safeguarding sustainability within biomass and bio fuel supply chains and is experienced in balancing regulative requirements and market aspirations. His scope of work also includes comparative studies regarding the suitability of bio fuels for different power train options. Further on he was instrumental in various due diligence activities assessing the investment into bio fuel conversion plants. Currently Andreas Feige is helping to establish the ISCC certification system as a leading standard for sustainable biomass and bio fuels.

Mr. Andreas Feige, Managing Director
ISCC System GmbH (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification)
"Roundtable" on Biomass Certification & Implications for Trade
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 09:30 AM

Dr. Judy Libra

 Judy Libra worked as a chemical engineer in the petrochemical industry before getting her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in cooperation with UCLA and the Technical University Berlin. After researching and lecturing in environmental management and wastewater treatment processes at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus as well as the TU Berlin (Habilitation in Environmental Process Engineering), she worked in the Department Water Protection at the German Federal Environmental Agency, before moving to the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) in 2009.

She is currently co-coordinator of the acatech project group Geo-Resource Water, which is developing recommendations for the sustainable management of water resources under the conditions of global change. The interactions between water and land use is the focus of one of its working groups.

Dr. Judy Libra, Project Coordinator
German Academy of Science & Engineering
Environmental Challenges in Biochar Production & Soil/Water Applications
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 12:50 PM

Dr. Maria-Magdalena Titirici ***
 Dr. Maria-Magdalena Titirici was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1977. She graduated in 1999 from the Department of Chemistry of Bucharest University. After, she conducted her PhD study (with Dr. Bo¨rje Sellergren) first at the University of Mainz and after on at the University of Dortmund in the field of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers. In 2005 she joined Prof. Antonietti's group as a postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Currently Maria-Magdalena Titirici is currently leading the group of ''Functional Carbonaceous and Polymeric Materials'' in the same research institute and her scientific interests include sustainable and green chemistry, carbon materials for energy storage and CO2 capture, photo-catalysis, molecular recognition and development of novel stationary phases for chromatography.

Dr. Maria-Magdalena Titirici ***,
Max-Planck-Institut fur Kolloid-und Grenzflaechenforschung ( Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces )
Hydrothermal Carbonization- Economical Route towards Modern Materials Chemistry
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 12:25 PM

Mr. Sipke Veer

- Studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Amsterdam, graduated in 1996;

- Worked in Financial Business for more than 10 years for trading companies as AOT/Binck and Van der Moolen in the function of market maker/proprietary trader; experience as risk manager/project manager at Van der Moolen as well.

- Traded in stocks, bonds, futures & options on several exchanges: Euronext (Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Paris), LIFFE, Borsa Italiana and Eurex/Xetra;

- Started in January 2008 as Business Analyst at ENDEX, responsible for application of risk management tools, cash-management activities, management reporting and product development;

- Since beginning of 2009 active as Product Manager within APX-ENDEX; goal is to maintain, monitor and adjust current product portfolio where needed and work on product development to launch new products as well. Amongst others, I'm responsible for development of the biomass project within APX-ENDEX so far.


Mr. Sipke Veer, Product Manager
Development of Exchange-Traded, Standardized Biomass Products
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 03:50 PM

Mr. Andreas Pilzecker
Andreas PILZECKER studied agricultural economics at the Universities of Munich-Weihenstephan (Germany), Brussels (Belgium) and Göttingen (Germany). Work as a research assitant on international commodity markets, as an economist in an international grain trading company, in general logistics, and as a consultant on farm management. Joined the European Commission as a policy analyst in 2005. Current work on bioenergy including aspects of availability, sustainability, food-fuel competition, and supporting policies.

Mr. Andreas Pilzecker, Policy Officer - Biofuels
European Commission
EU’s Sustainability Requirement of Biomass for Use in Power & Energy
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 08:40 AM

Mr. Wijnand Schonewille

Mr. Wijnand Schonewille is employed at the Port of Rotterdam since 1998. Before this, he had several project management positions with various engineering companies.

He finished his Polytechnic process technology study in 1988.

His present position at the Port of Rotterdam involves innovation management with a focus on bio-based economy aspects. Wijnand Schonewille is member of the Biobased Raw Materials Platform, an advisory panel for the Dutch government that focussus on bio-based resources.

Mr. Wijnand Schonewille,
Abstraction - Biobased Opportunities
Backcasting the Pellets Market
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 04:15 PM
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 08:20 AM

Mr. Bo Hektor
 University degrees in Forestry and Business Economics. Have worked in various types of international projects in forestry, business organization, and in the last 30 years in bio-energy. Longer project engagements in Thailand, the Philippines, Russia, the USA, Canada, and Bolivia. In the 1990´s engaged in building and leading a research group, SIMS, at the SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). At present working with international bio-energy projects in the private sector. Swedish representative in IEA Task 40.

Mr. Bo Hektor, Senior Advisor
First Bioenergy FBIO AB
Bio-Energy  – The Avenue Towards Energy Sustainability. The Swedish Case.
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 10:45 AM

Dr. Martin Junginger
Dr. Martin Junginger is a senior researcher and assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute since 2005. His main working field is the development of sustainable International Bioenergy Trade. He is coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 on International Bioenergy Trade, and currently works amongst others on charting international trade in biomass and biofuels, and sustainability criteria for both solid and liquid biomass. He is a contributing author to the biomass chapter of the forthcoming IPCC special report on renewable energy sources, and published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of biomass trade and technological learning.

Dr. Martin Junginger, Assistant Professor
University of Utrecht
"Roundtable" on Biomass Certification & Implications for Trade
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 09:30 AM
Afternoon Chairman's Remarks
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 01:10 PM

Mr. Paul Romijn
 More than 1 year working as a developer, focusing on sustainable asset development for Essent's portfolio. Essent is part of RWE group. I have studied Science and Management, University of Utrecht, and after that worked for ICI, chemical industry in procurement and logistics for 5 years and for almost 3 yeears at Essent Trading, responsible for procurement of European biomass.

Mr. Paul Romijn, Business Portfolio Developer
RWE Supply & Trading Netherlands B.V.
Renewable Power Generation from Biomass - Essent's Perspective
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 09:05 AM

Dr. Yves Ryckmans
 Yves Ryckmans graduated from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and conducted a PhD study at the same university on modeling heat transfer in furnaces by finite elements techniques. In 1989, he joined Laborelec research Centre of Electrabel as a research engineer in the field of nuclear energy. From 1996 on, he initiated the development of fixed bed gasification and CFB gasification of wood through several Belgian and European projects. In 1999 he became Head of the Biomass Competence Centre of Electrabel at Laborelec. This competence centre covers more than 15 years technical issues like co-firing biomass in pulverised-coal power plants, biomass gasification, biomass fuel quality, biogas applications and biomass sustainability verification. His R&D efforts were focused on CFD modeling of PC boilers, slagging and fouling, NOx and SOx emissions, biomass milling and upgrading, ESP, ash quality and utilisation, as well as the verification of sustainability criteria for solid biomass. Currently, Yves Ryckmans is Chief Technology Officer Biomass at Laborelec. As such, he is managing research and services for bio-energy applications within GDF SUEZ Group.

Dr. Yves Ryckmans, Chief Technology Officer Biomass
Electrabel (GDF Suez)
Large-Scale Usage of Solid Biomass for Power Generation in Belgium
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 09:25 AM

Mr. Steven Addicott

Mr Stephen Addicott, is the Forest Business Manager for Willmott Forests, a leading plantation development company based in Australia.  With 18 years forestry experience Stephen’s role involves plantation management, plantation valuations and acquisitions and new business opportunitites relating to biomass and carbon plantations. 


Stephen has also worked for a number of years with one of Australia’s leading forestry consulting companies, URS Forestry.  Through this work Stephen was involved in wood supply and demand analysis and plantation estate valuations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Mr. Steven Addicott, Plantation Resource Manager
Willmott Forests Ltd ###
Australia’s Pellets Export Outlook
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 01:40 PM

Mr. Douglas Bradley

Douglas Bradley is President of Climate Change Solutions, a consulting firm focused on development of renewable biomass and opportunities in climate change, with clients in Europe, the US and Canada.

Since taking over as President of the Canadian Bioenergy Association in June 2007 he has led two Canadian missions to Scandinavia, delivered CanBio's largest ever annual bioenergy conferences, and has re-focused the organization on project development. At World Bioenergy 2008 in Sweden he was appointed to the Board of Directors on the World Bioenergy Association.

Prior to running his own business he spent 10 years running strategic planning for a $ billion forest products company. He has an Honours degree in Mathematics from Queens University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.


Mr. Douglas Bradley, President
Climate Change Solutions
Bio-Trade Equity Fund – The Vehicle Needed for Biomass Trade
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 02:30 PM

Mr. Albert de Haan

Albert de Haan began his career as a trader in banknotes and bullion at ABN bank in 1974, 1975 - 1980 forward trader at ABN Rotterdam.


1980 - 1985 forward trader at Slavenburg s bank became head of dealingroom in 1983 after name was changed into Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland.


1985 - 2004 deputy head dealing room Mees & Hope Rotterdam.
In 1992 appointed European Head FX and short term intrest rates at Mees & Hope. After merger to MeesPierson Global Head Sales and Marketing Global Financial Markets MeesPierson since 1994. Fortis Head of business development Global Financial markets responsible for starting Energy trading desk in Amsterdam in 2000. 2001 member Advisory Board FinEdge BV Rotterdam.Currency overlay models initiated for Fortis Asset management with Shell Pension Fund and Global Markets Brussels.(Robert Meyer)Since 2003 responsible for Fortis Carbon Banking Venture.


September 2004 - August 2008 co - founder of European Climate Exchange and Commercial Director of ECX.ECX and its parent Chicago Climate Exchange were bought by LSE AIM listed Climate Exchange Ltd in September 2006.(code CLE)In August 2007 I started Carbon Rooster and Carbon Rooster Advisory Services to offer advisory services in the range of carbon project and via Carbon Rooster invested in several sustainable energy projects.

August 2008 - present started to work full time for Carbon Rooster after leaving ECX . Incidently have joint projects with Climate Exchange PLC ( who also owns IFEX ECX and CCX.


Recently Albert has advised:

- Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs re auctions.
- United Group ( on energy projects in Eastern Europe.
- Hong Kong stock exchange re CER futures contract. Click here for the pdf
- Several private companies for PPA - ERPA - project funding.
- Chaired ETS-auction workshop organised by IFIEC Europe in Brussels. Oct 09 - Unesco MAB advisory contract was signed in September 09 - part-time consultancy on forestry and other eco diversity projects. CRAS aims to improve economics of Unesco MAB projects.

Mr. Albert de Haan, CEO
Carbon Rooster Advisory Services BV.
Carbon Markets and Impact on Biomass Power Generation
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Gerhard Muggen
Gerhard Muggen is managing director and shareholder of BTG Bioliquids BV (BTG-BTL). As managing director he is responsible for the strategy of BTG-BTL and the world wide marketing and sales. Gerhard has been working for Stork Thermeq for 8 years as Sales manager and the last four years as Vice President Marketing and Sales. Before that he worked for Wartsila Diesel and Holec in the Netherlands. In the last job he was responsible for the international marketing and sales department and directly involved in the marketing and sales in China, India and Russia. Gerhard was also responsible for organizing and initiating new developments and marketing new technologies. Besides his activities for BTG-BTL Gerhard gives lectures about export, business development and innovation and is Gerhard president of the Fenedex Export Manager Award in the Netherlands.

Mr. Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director
BTG Bioliquids BV
Pre-Treatment Biomass Using Pyrolysis Technologies
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 11:05 AM

Mr. Fabio Azevedo Marques Flores
 Mr. Flores worked for Private Equity firms ING Barings BPEP Partners and Angra Partners. His expertise includes M&A deals, private equity investments and corporate turnarounds. Co-founder of Biotimber Biomass Brazil, a forest manager company focused on developing energy eucalyptus forests to attend European power plants with woodchips, a solid renewable fuel. Mr. Flores holds a Bachelor degree in business administration at FGV and specialization degree in corporate finance also at FGV. Mr. Flores speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish

Mr. Fabio Azevedo Marques Flores, Partner
Biotimber Biomass Brazil
Export Potential of Solid Biomass from Brazil
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 02:55 PM

Dr. Kyoung S. Ro
 Dr. Ro is a research environmental engineer for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) located at Florence, SC. He has BS in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, respectively. Before joining the USDA-ARS, Dr. Ro has worked as a faculty for 15 years for the Louisiana State University (LSU) and the City University of New York (CUNY). He is recognized as a national leader in municipal, military, and agricultural waste management. He has published more than 100 technical articles and reports, made numerous invited presentations in the U.S., Asia, and the Europe, participated in many USDOE, USDA, USEPA, and NSF workshops, and organized several international and national research symposia on wastes-to- bioenergy. He is currently involved in research projects in using biochar made from municipal and agricultural wastes to improve soil fertility and reduce fugitive and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Kyoung S. Ro, Research Environmental Engineer
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)- Agricultural Research Service
Biochar – Potential Commodity from Biomass Waste & R&D progress (Production & Appln)
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 12:00 PM

Mr. Ron van Erck ***
Ron van Erck works as policy officer on renewable energy in the European Commission since the beginning of 2009. Currently, he is responsible for elements of the implementation of the sustainability regime for biofuels; the definitions of biodiverse grasslands and recognition of voluntary sustainability schemes. Furthermore, Ron works on the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive in the Energy Community (Western Balkans) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Before working for the Commission, Ron worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands on the development of a new support scheme for renewable energy and on the negotiations for the new Renewable Energy Directive.

Mr. Ron van Erck ***, Policy Officer, Regulatory Policy & Promotion of Renewable Energy
European Commission - Energy and Transport (TREN)
"Roundtable" on Biomass Certification & Implications for Trade
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 09:30 AM

Mr. Michael Wild
 Michael Wild, economist and engineer by education, is active in renewable energies for practically his entire 24 years professional career. He has pioneered Biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries. The first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) was started by him in 1999. Until 2010 he led the international biomass trading company EBES creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips. From 2007 he took a leading position in torrefaction technology development forming also a consortium with Andritz AG. Today he is acting in project development, as supply chain consultant and represents selected producers, traders and consumers in both torrefied and regular biomasses to the market. In 2012 he helped setting up within AEBIOM the International Biomass Torrefaction Council  IBTC whos members elected him president.

Mr. Michael Wild, European Sales Manager
Wild & Partners KG
Torrefaction – Accelerated Carbonised Biomass, Optimal CO2 Neutral Substitute for Coal
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 11:35 AM

Prof. Andre Faaij
André P.C. Faaij (1969) is appointed as Professor 'Energy System Analysis' at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development (Faculty of Science) of the Utrecht University. He has a background in chemistry and environmental sciences and holds a Ph.D. on energy production from biomass and wastes. He is a member of a variety of expert groups in bio-energy and energy policy, research and strategic planning. He works as an advisor for governments, the EC, IEA, the UN system, GEF, OECD, WEF, the energy sector & industry, strategic consultancy, NGO's, etc. He is Task Leader of Task 40 under the Bio-energy Agreement of the International Energy Agency on 'Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade' and, in the same framework, acted as national representative in several other tasks. He is an advisor to the UN Biofuels Initiative and FAO's bioenergy activities, supported by the G8 Global Bio-energy Partnership. In 2008, he joined the IPCC team as Convening Lead Author to draft the Special Report on Renewable Energy, the new Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and he became member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Alternative Energies.

Prof. Andre Faaij, Technical Manager
Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development
Chairman’s Welcome and Remarks
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 08:30 AM

Ir. Jaap Koppejan
Jaap Koppejan is involved in bioenergy market development since 1993. He was involved in bioenergy policy strategy at UN and coordinated various R&D projects at TNO related to resource assessments, technology development, policy advice and market implementation. He started Procede Biomass in 2007 (a bioenergy consulting company) and more recently Bio Forte (a bioheat service company). Jaap also coordinates IEA Bioenergy Task 32 (Biomass Combustion and Cofiring).

Ir. Jaap Koppejan, Managing Director, Biomass
Procede Biomass BV
Main Challenges & Opportunities in Biomass Cofiring in Pulverized Coal Power Plants
Day 2 [Thu 11, March], at 08:30 AM

Mr. Ben Goh

 Ben Goh is a Biomass Fuel Developer within E.ON's Climate & Renewables business; this entails establishing and managing sustainable fuel supply for existing and planned biomass projects, such as the 44 MWe wood-fuelled Steven's Croft Power Station. Interests include:

- Socio-environmental impacts of biomass production and use
- Bioenergy conversion technologies
- Bioenergy infrastructure and logistics
- Biomass resource identification and assessment

Ben has worked in the power industry for 7 years. His previous role was as a biomass consultant within E.ON's technical consultancy arm, E.ON Engineering, where he headed up their internal R&D programmes as well as providing operational support to their generation assets.

Mr. Ben Goh, Senior Biomass Fuel Developer
E.ON UK plc
A Power Generator’s Role in International Biomass Trade
Day 1 [Wed 10, March], at 10:20 AM