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★★★2024 Taiwan Solid Biofuel Conference-Global Market Supply and Demand (For foreign participants)

發佈日期:2024/02/15

Taiwan is currently facing the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonizing coal. Existing coal-fired facilities are actively seeking low-carbon emission alternative fuels to replace industrial coal and other fossil fuels. The international community is actively adopting solid biomass fuel as a carbon reduction measure in various countries. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it can also create a circular economy.

In order to help domestic industries and government agencies understand international solid biofuel development and market trends, the Taiwan Bio-energy technology Development Association will hold the "2024 Taiwan Solid Biofuels Conference" on March 14, 2024 at the GIS MOTC Convention Center in Taipei City. We invite solid biofuel market authorities and major suppliers to explain and discuss the production, transportation, loading and unloading, price, trading, storage and other aspects of solid biomass fuel, and provide international solid biomass fuel development, Information on current usage and future prospects is provided to provide competent authorities and industries with reference for planning low-carbon transformation.

 

Date: March 14th, 2024

 

Location:

Plenary Hall at GIS MOTC Convention Center

3F No. 24, Sec. 1, Hangzhou S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan.

(https://maps.app.goo.gl/97DDuTJZoMXkV4w1A )

Highlights:

-The role of solid biomass fuel in renewable energy

-Outlook for the Global Solid Biofuels Market

-Overview of potential and actual supply of solid biomass fuels

Network:

      Conduct face-to-face discussions with potential users of solid biofuel, including coal-fired power plant operators, cogeneration operators and industrial boiler owners in Taiwan.

Organizer:

       Taiwan Bio-energy Technology Development Association    

Co-organizer:

 

Registration Link:

https://forms.gle/mZVcqVm8fGQjqxEK6      

 

 

 

Speech Outline and Speaker Introduction

 

Keynote Speech: Why Renewably Sourced Solid Biofuels are Essential to the Transition to a Decarbonized Future.

Speaker: William Strauss, President and founder of FutureMetrics                   

Outline:                                                                                                                      


  • Why should we care about decarbonizing the energy sectors?
  • The grid needs baseload and on-demand power.  How converting coal fueled power stations to wood pellet fuel complements wind and solar generation and energy storage solutions.
  • How properly sourced biomass solid fuels are CO2 beneficial.
  • White pellets and black pellets explained.
  • Case studies of successful conversions of PC boilers:  Reliable on-demand full output generation (no derating) using pellet fuel.
  • Pathways forward: How the use pellet fuels should be part of the portfolio of solutions for Taiwan’s transition to a decarbonized future.

Speaker introduction

William Strauss is the president and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC. (www.FutureMetrics.com). Over the past two decades, the FutureMetrics’ consulting team has grown and is currently recognized as the leading set of experts in the wood pellet sector. Bill continues to publish papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems (www.MaineEnergySystems.com), the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fueled central heating systems in North America. Bill has been named as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 and again in 2017 by Argus Media and is the 2012 recipient of the International

Excellence in Bioenergy award. In 2021 a dashboard built by Dr. Strauss won the Limitless Business Intelligence Dashboard award at a major business intelligence conference, IBIS. Bill has more than forty years of experience in the renewable energy sector including 10 years operating large waste-to-energy plants in the 1980s. He has an MBA (specializing in finance) and a PhD (economics and earth systems science) both from the University of New Hampshire.

 

 

Topic 1: Outlook for the Global Solid Biofuels Market 2025 and Beyond

Speaker: Ms Fiona Matthews, Director, Hawkins Wright                                          

Speaker introduction

Fiona is a bioenergy consultant and market analyst with more than fifteen years’ experience in the renewable energy industry. She joined Hawkins Wright in 2013 and is now responsible for overseeing the company's bioenergy activities. She is the co-author of Hawkins Wright’s market-leading Outlook for Wood Pellets service and Editor of the monthly Forest Energy Monitor. Fiona regularly undertakes consultancy projects for clients in Asia, Europe and North America on topics including wood pellet and biomass markets, sustainability, and energy policy. She has a degree in Physics from the University of York.

 

Topic 2: Canada: A Global Supplier of High-Quality Wood Pellets

Speaker: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada   

 

Outline:

  • Overview of Canadian wood pellet industry
  • Plant locations and capacity
  • Potential capacity growth and appetite for exporting to Taiwan
  • Canadian business practices and reputation
  • Fibre sourcing, sustainability and GHG benefits
  • Production methods
  • Storage and transportation
  • Wood pellet quality
  • Safety considerations
  • Achieving bilateral supply agreements

 

Speaker introduction

Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well working in as the corporate finance aspect of the industry - working in mergers, acquisitions and project financing - Gordon Murray joined the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of Canadian producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in growing a safe and prosperous wood pellet industry.  

Gordon Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry. He is a Registered Professional Forester and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

 

Topic 3: How We Deliver: Canada’s Supply Chain to Asia,

Speak: Tony McCrae, Director of Sales, Drax Group, PLC                                              

 

Outline:

  • Overview of wood pellet supply chain and quality considerations
  • Fibre supply transportation
  • Handling in the plant
  • Plant to port - rail and truck
  • Port handling, storage and loading
  • Ocean transportation
  • Maintaining pellet quality throughout the supply chain

Speaker introduction

Tony McRae is the Director of Sales for Drax Group PLC based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is responsible for managing Drax’s 3rd party customer sales portfolio covering markets in Japan, Korea, and Europe, and also leads Drax’s North American domestic sales initiatives. Tony joined Drax through their acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. (Pinnacle) in 2021 wherein he spent the previous 10 years managing similar responsibilities for Pinnacle.

Prior to working within the global biomass sector, Tony had an extensive career within the British Columbia Forest products industry having spent over 20 years working with major companies such as Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), Westar Timber, and Balfour Guthrie Forest Products. During this time, he was stationed in Vancouver and London trading high value specialty timber for window and door plants in Europe, along with merchantable commodity lumber worldwide. Tony graduated with a degree in Wood Products Manufacturing at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 

Topic 4: Recent trends in the southeast Asian biomass markets and how the market is adapting to shocks

Speak: Saurabh Chaturvedi, Deputy editor of the Asia Solid Fuels team, Argus Media.   

 

Outline:

  • Key supply-demand hubs and how they shape the market
  • How the market adapted to the 2022 crisis
  • How new sustainability requirements are shaping the market
  • Biomass vs coal-fired power generation economics

 

Speaker introduction

Saurabh is deputy editor of the Asia Solid Fuels team at global price-reporting agency Argus Media. He has nearly eighteen years of experience in the energy and commodity space and currently helps steer Asia-Pacific thermal coal, biomass, and petroleum coke market coverage, as well as in the compilation of key benchmark price indexes. He joined Argus in 2019 from The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.

Saurabh is the recipient of the prestigious Society of Publishers in Asia award for excellence in reporting. In the biomass sphere, Saurabh contributes to the Argus Biomass Markets report, a weekly that publishes price assessments for the industrial wood pellets, chips, residential pellets, and palm kernel shell (PKS) spot markets globally, and provides in-depth market commentaries and analysis, as well as related data.

 

Topic 5: Classification and application of non-wood pellet solid biofuel

Speaker: Ryuu Lee, Head of Asia Trading, CM Biomass

Outline:

  • Introduction of CM Biomass
  • Why non-woody Biomass
  • What have CMB done
  • What else have potential

Speaker introduction

Ryuu is the Head of Asia trading at CM Biomass, a world leading independent full-service biomass supplier based in Copenhagen. With 11 years of experience in the Asian Biomass market, his role is to expand the team, producers and end users in Asia for the group, with a long-term target of establishing an effective trading network of Biomass between Asia and the rest of the world.

Prior to CM Biomass, he spent 9 years working at Hanwa as one of the founding members of their Renewable Energy Department, which he was responsible for overall sourcing of Biomass materials, sales of biomass to regions out of Japan/Korea, as well as new project developments.

 

Topic 6 : Biomass Market in Japan and Korean-Market and Policy

Speaker: Park Cheul Soo & Sheng Jia Bai, HANWA                                                               

Outline:

  • Introduction to HANWA
  • Overview of the Asian demand-side market
  • Introduction to PKS (Palm Kernel Shells)
  • Introduction to Japan's FIT (Feed-in Tariff) system
  • Overview of the wood pellets and PKS market in Japan
  • Introduction to South Korea's biomass energy system
  • Handling of biomass energy in Japan and South Korea

 

Speaker introduction

Park Cheul Soo

Park Cheul Soo currently working at HANWA as product development manager. Currently responsible for solid biomass fuel procurement and investment business.

 

Sheng Jia Bai, HANWA

Sheng Jia Bai Currently working at HANWA as a solid biofuel trader. Responsible for the sales, trade and market operations of solid biofuels. Currently, he is the head of the Taiwan biomass fuel market team of HANWA.

 

 

Topic 7: Biomass Market in Southeast Asia

Speaker: Nguyen Quoc Quan, HANWA                                                                                       

 

Outline:

  • Types and markets of biomass energy in Southeast Asian countries.
  • Supply of Southeast Asian biomass energy targeting the Japanese and Korean markets.
  • Introduction to wood pellets in Southeast Asian countries.

 

Speaker introduction:

Mr. Nguyen Quoc Quan works for HANWA as the department manager of HANWA Vietnam Branch. He is currently responsible for HANWA biomass and biofuel procurement and investment business in Vietnam.

 

 

Topic 8: Vietnam’s Wood Pellet Industry at the Cross Road Wood Legality Assurance

Speaker: Ngo Sy Hoai, Vice president, Vietnam timber and forest product Association

Outline:

  • -Vietnam forestry and wood industries in brief
  • -VNTLAS & and its implications for wood pellet production and trade
  • -Vietnam wood pellet production 2013 - 2023
    • Problems faced:
      • Price fluctuation
      • Wood legality traceability and assurance
    • Opportunities 
      • Wood sourcing
      • Export market
      • Local market
  • -Conclusions

Speaker introduction:

Mr. Ngo Sy Hoai is Vice President & Secretary General of Vietnam Timber & Forest Products Association (VIFOREST). As a key leader of the Association of Vietnamese wood processors and traders, Mr. Ngo Sy Hoai has been engaging in various international/ national initiatives and processes towards sustainable forest management and responsible timber processing and trading. Being well aware of the importance of biomass fuel and the perspective of Vietnam to develop this industry, Mr. Ngo Sy Hoai has been pro-actively working with local and overseas investors to promote production and trade of legally produced wood pellet. As a result, Vietnam has been meeting as a top exporter of wood pellet worldwide.

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