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Past events

3rd international SafePellets workshop, 15th of October 2014, in Berlin

The workshop was organized in the course of the 13th Pellets Industry Forum. Overall 120 participants were registered for the workshop. The Research Technology and Development partners of the SafePellets projects provided contributions and presented them during the workshop. Topics of the workshop were the diversity of pellets and off-gassing and self-heating in laboratory and in real scale storages. Moreover, a relation between off-gassing and self-heating was shown and possible impacts of the SafePellets project results on the pellets industry were presented.

The various presenters are listed and the workshop contributions are shown below.
Jan Hari Arti Khalsa, DBFZ, Germany
No pellet is like the other

Mehrdad Arshadi, SLU, Sweden
Monitoring and reducing emissions from wood pellets

Anders Lönnermark, SP, Sweden
Self-heating of biomass pellets

Jan Hinnerskov, DTI, Denmark
Results from verification tests of self-heating and off-gassing in small and large scale storages

Waltraud Emhofer, BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH, Austria
Relation between off-gassing and self-heating from biomass pellets – will it impact the work of the pellet industry?

Swedish National Workshop on safety in relation to handling and storage of pellets, 4th of June 2014, Jönköping, Sweden

The workshop was held on June 4th, 2014 at Scanic Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden. The title of the workshop was: “Seminarium om säkehet vid hantering och lagring av pellets” (Seminar on safety in relation to handling and storage of pellets) arranged by PelletsFörbundet, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The meeting was arranged in cooperation with the so called Pellets platform (Pelletsplattformen) in Sweden. It was arranged in connection to World Bioenergy 2014, but was not part of that conference. Therefore, during the day studies both from SafePellets and from Pelletsplattformen were presented. In total 29 persons from 14 different organisations participated.

In total 14 different presentations were held covering subjects: Introductions to SafePellets, Pelletsplattformen and PelletsFörbundet, results from small-scale tests on additives, off-gassing, and self-heating, respectively, large-scale storage tests, detection, and plans for new ISO standards. Following the links below you find pictures of the workshop and workshop programme .

2nd international Workshop on Pellet Safety, 5th-7th of May 2014, Fügen, Austria

Because of the huge success of the 1st Workshop on Pellet Safety in 2013, the European Pellet Council (EPC), in cooperation with the SafePellets project, the European Industry of Pellet Suppliers (EIPS), and the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC) organized the 2nd International Workshop on Pellet Safety. The workshop took place at the impressive conference venue at the Binderholz pellet plant in Fügen, Austria.
This year room for open space discussion as well as presentations of people working at the cutting edge of these safety issues were given offering their experiences and results. Moreover, project members of the SafePellets project presented also some of the more interesting findings coming out of that project.
Christian Rakos, President of the European Pellet Council, chaired this workshop. The workshop was divided in different sessions, namely, Health risks and self-heating, Safety in Logistics and Safety in Production. The workshop participants were able to put forward the issues that they saw as having a high level of importance.
A comprehensive documentation of the results of the workshop is available in electronic form (and free of charge) after a short web-based registration:

Danish National Workshop of the SafePellets Project, 8th of April 2014, Taastrup, Denmark

Around 40 invited people joined the Danish National SafePellets Workshop on April 8th 2014 at The Danish Technological Institute. The workshop was combined with dissemination of another project dealing also with safety issues among others. The presented topics included: Sustainability of pellets, sampling techniques for suspended wood dust, self-heating issues, off-gassing issues, fire protection and prevention on large scale facilities, ATEX and safety regulations, dust and health, potentials for increased use of straw pellets, and ISO standardization work on safety issues. The day ended with a discussion on the challenges to be faced in the future with wood pellet utilization. Following the links below you find pictures of the workshop and workshop programme .

Pellet workshop, 17th of January 2014, Graz, Austria

During the 4th Central European biomass conference the SafePellets project together with the AshMelt project, a second project also funded by the European Commission in the frame of FP7, was hosting a workshop on the topics of fuel characterization and the impact on standardization. The very successful workshop could draw the attention of around 45 participants from various players of the pellet industry from all over Europe. A special focus was given to the ongoing activities on the ISO standardization levels with respect to the development of new safety standards for pellet storage and characterization. Using the link below the abstracts of topics presented and the program of the pellet standards workshop appears. Under the following link you can find pictures of the pellet workshop

1st international Workshop on Pellet Safety, 4th-6th of March 2013, Fügen, Austria

Over 70 experts from 13 countries attended the First International Workshop on Pellet Safety organized by SafePellets in cooperation with the European Pellet Council and AEBIOM. SafePellets partner decided to have an independent event to get more input and discussion time with industry specialists. A side-event to a large bioenergy conference would be more beneficial at a later stage in the project in order to present the results.
Participants included safety experts from SafePellets researchers, pellet producers, utilities, producers of pelleting and safety equipment, representatives of associations, of inspection conpanies, investors and companies involved in pellet logistics.
The workshop was organized as an open space event, meaning that the participants convened sessions on topics they considered relevant. Overall 27 sessions where convened covering a wide range of safety issues. The two most intensively debated issues were safety issues related to pellet storage and pellet production followed by human health and safety, and safety issues in transport and related to second-generation pellets.
A comprehensive 60 page documentation of the results of the workshop is available in electronic form (and free of charge) after a short web-based registration:
Under the following link you can find pictures of the workshop: pictures of the pellet safety workshop

Pellet standards workshop, 15th of May 2012, Leipzig, Germany

The first project workshop on pellet standards took place at partner DBFZ (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum) on May 15th 2012 in Leipzig, Germany. The very successful workshop was organized by the EU projects SolidStandards (IEE) & SafePellets (FP7).
Aim of the workshop:
Various players of the pellet industry were informed about the newly introduced European quality standards for wood pellets. Moreover, further developments regarding pellet standards were presented. Sustainability as well as safety related topics concerning pellet storage and transport were talked about. In a common conversation by participants and experts different topics were critically discussed. Therefore information for the further development of practically relevant standards was generated. Using the link below the invitation of the pellet standards workshop appears.
Under the following link you can find pictures of the workshop: pictures of the pellet standards workshop

EU research project SafePellets started

The kick-off meeting of the SafePellets project took place on January 25th and 26th 2012 in Wieselburg, Austria. The duration of the project is three years. The project consortium consists of SME-industry partners and research institutes coming from five EU member states, in total 15 partners.
For further information follow the link below: About the project