Second International Workshop On Pellet Safety

5-7 May 2014, Fügen, Austria

Following on from the huge success of the first workshop on pellet safety last year, 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) held 2nd International Workshop on Pellet Safety, once again at the impressive conference venue at the Binderholz pellet plant in Fügen, Austria. This year saw a slight change to the format. Again we allowed a lot of room for open space discussion, but also welcomed a number of speakers working at the cutting edge of these safety issues to offer their experiences and results. Project partners of the SafePellets project were also on hand to present some of the more interesting findings coming out of that project. The presentations contributed well in formulating some of the key points for the discussion. Chaired by Christian Rakos, President of the European Pellet Council, the workshop was divided in different sessions in which attendees were able to put forward the issues that they saw as having a high level of importance. They were then given the opportunity to chair a roundtable discussion on their suggested topic, before proceeding to present the key points and findings to the rest of the workshop participants.

Click here to download the full report and all presentations from the workshop


The manufacturing, handling and use of woodpellets or pellets from torrefied biomass pose serious safety issues. Wood dust can lead to explosions and fires, pellets in storage can heat up, generate CO and even self-ignite. Safety and health issues can also occur in the supply chain and during the end use as fuel in power plants and heating devices.  Hence, there is a clear need to have a better understanding of these issues in order to prevent it. The second international workshop on pellet safety was organised with this purpose.