Conference schedule

Monday 11 February 2013



13.00-18.00 Projects’ Corner

The high level meeting place for international R&D projects. Workshops, project presentations, networking, change of experiences and best practises, brain storming for new project ideas.

Projects' Corner will be arranged by North Karelia University and its partners. Further information and registrations:



Tuesday 12 February 2013


Opening of the conference


Welcome words
Pekka Nuutinen, Joensuu Regional Development Company JOSEK Ltd
Pentti Hyttinen, North Karelia Regional Council

Biorefining the future
Tuula Mäkinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

The world’s first biorefinery to produce wood-based biodiesel
Pekka Jokela, UPM

  Break & Trade show

Canada & Russia: Opportunities and challenges


Chair: Timo Tahvanainen, Development manager, Joensuu Science Park Ltd

Canada, Forest Bioenergy´s Giant
Douglas Bradley, CanBio

Promoting heat entrepreneurship, case Matapédia, Quebec, Canada 
Dominik Röser, FPInnovations & Yoland Légaré, Coopérative forestière de la Matapédia

Development of biofuel markets in Russia
Olga S. Rakitova, The Bioenergy International, Russia

Panel discussion


Lunch & Trade show


Forest energy businesses 2020


Chair: Jussi Heinimö, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Business potential in the energy use of forest biomass
Antti Asikainen, Metla

Assuring quality in forest energy value chain
Janne Hämäläinen, Fortum Heat & Power

  Coffee & Trade show

Efficient wood energy harvesting, logistics and handling


Chair: Jouko Parviainen, Joensuu Regional Development Company JOSEK Oy
Kalle Karttunen, Lappeenranta University of Technology (tbc)

Proven and novel technology (in alphabetic order, to be confirmed later)
Tom Sangder, BMH Oy
Jari Nevalainen, Kesla Oyj
Pauli Tahvanainen and Tuomo Tanninen, Kit-Sell Oy
Karina Zaitseva, Konepaja Antti Ranta Oy
Janne Häikiö, Pentin Paja Oy ja Outokummun Metalli Oy
Marko Mattila, Ponsse Oyj


B2B meetings “Creating partnerships overseas” & Trade show


Conference dinner (hosted by JOSEK Ltd, Central Karelia Development Company KETI Ltd, and North Karelia Regional Council) with Songs of the Finnish life by the “Laulutuuli” choir

Wednesday 13 February 2013


Decentralized energy solutions


Chair: Asko Saatsi, Mayor, Town of Nurmes

Energy solutions for communities
Jukka Huttunen, Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Heat entrepreneurship
Asko Puhakka, Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Karelia UAS)

  Break & Trade show

Novel technology: Adding value to forest biomass


Chair: Asko Saatsi, Mayor, Town of Nurmes

Towards better solid biofuels
Lauri Sikanen, UEF

Pyrolysis oil is dropping!
Jussi Orhanen, Metso

Biocoal production, case Nurmes
Esko Mikkonen, Feedstock Optimum Oy

Replacing oil and natural gas by wood gas (0.5-2 MW)
Tomi Väänänen, GASEK Oy

  Break & Trade show

Mission possible: Tackling challenges in the use of forest energy


Chair: Jyrki Peisa, Bioenergia ry (Bioenergy Association of Finland)

Mathieu LeBanc, Gestion forestière ACFOR, Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick, Canada

Raluca Cibu-Buzac, Regional Development Agency West Romania (Adrvest)

Regional forest resource assessment and feasibility study of heating plants in Berzasca, Romania
Markus Hirvonen, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Review also from Russia

Panel discussion


Lunch & Trade show


To use or not to use? More harvesting, more impacts?


Chair: Lauri Sikanen, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

Centralized or distributed energy production
Aimo Aalto, Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM)
Urpo Hassinen, Finnish Forestry Centre

Could we keep forests green? Carbon sinks of sources?
Antti Asikainen, Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla )
Giuliana Zanchi, Lund University, Sweden

Canada's Sustainable Forest Management
Seppo Vihersaari, Canadian Embassy in Finland

Burning or refining? Wood for energy or more valuable products?
Antti Asikainen, Metla
Aimo Aalto, Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM)

Panel discussion


Closing of the conference


Snow4U: Finnish winter experiences and warm sauna pleasure


Dinner for the participants of the study tours, hosted by the Canadian embassy in Finland


The magic of Koli 
Take a look at the photogallery


The conference is partly funded by the European Social Fund and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.