Residues to Revenues 2022 Programme

26-27 July 2022, Rotorua, New Zealand

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Timezone: NZDT

Pre-Conference Workshop: In-Field Chipping Technology Showcase

New and emerging technologies for processing forest slash, logging residues and stump wood. An informative 90-minute showcase featuring major equipment suppliers from around the world.

Where: Conference Venue | Distinction Hotel Rotorua. This is an in-person only event.

Free for conference delegates and workshop registration is required. Click here for more details.


Workshop Registrations + Morning Tea


Workshop Introductions


Precision Husky

  • Scott Smith, President (presenting remotely)
  • Billy Daniels, VP of Engineering (presenting remotely)
  • Steve Briscoe, ProGrind Sales Manager, Precision Husky, USA (presenting remotely)


  • Travis Tschumy, Morbark Sales, Stevens Group
  • Dean Pritchard, National Sales Manager, Stevens Group, NZ (live)

Peterson (Astec Group)

  • Mal Windrim, Chip - Grind Consulting (live)

Vermeer Corporation

  • Ted Dirkx, Sales Manager - Recycling and Forestry, Vermeer Corporation, USA (presenting remotely)

Large Volume in-field Chipping Operations

Insights from one of Australia’s oldest and largest chipping companies operating a fleet of in-field chippers in both pine and eucalypt plantations.

  • Phillip Dohnt, Managing Director, LV Dohnt & Co, Australia (live)
Workshop Concludes
Conference Day One


Registrations + Lunch + Networking


Conference Welcome & Introduction


Session 1: The BIG picture. Key Policy, Regulatory & Business Drivers for Increasing Investment in the Utilisation of Woody Biomass

Unlocking the Full Potential of New Zealand’s Forestry and Wood Processing Sector

Attracting investment into the country’s growing biofuels and solid fuels industries

Jason Wilson, Deputy Director General, Te Uru Rakau

Session 2: Wood Residues. Bio-fuel Availability and Requirements of Large Scale Industrial Energy Users

Biomass Resources. Current and potential solid fuel supply and current demand

Just how much wood residue will be available: in what regions, where, when and at what delivered cost?

Peter Hall, Scientist, Scion


Driving the Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Fonterra’s wood biomass projects so far includes co-firing, conversion to wood pellets, and a new biomass boiler. Fonterra will share its insights from this journey and what it needs from the industry.

Linda Mulvihill, Head of Energy & Climate, Fonterra


Converting Coal to Woody Biomass Fired Energy

Three CDHB hospitals have already made the switch. Lessons from the conversion over seven years re supply and the changing requirements for their biofuel suppliers

Tim Emson, Energy Manager, Canterbury District Health Board


The Three-Year Journey in Switching from LPG to Biomass

Key lessons from the recent site conversion including securing ongoing fuel supplies for Danone’s Southland operation

Vikas Kakkar, CAPEX and Strategic Project Manager, Danone


Afternoon Tea & Networking

Sponsored by Pentarch Technical Services

Session 3: Local Initiatives to Fill the Growing Need for Wood Residues


Leading the Regional Conversions Charge

How one region has been able to encourage heat and energy plant conversions to woody biomass and is promoting the co-ordination of disparate supplies to local end-users?

Steve Canny, GM Strategic Projects, Great South


Driving Demand for Regional Biomass from Decarbonisation of NZ Businesses

Case studies showcasing successful co-investment for conversions to renewable process heat

Nicki Sutherland, Group Manager Investment and Engagement, EECA


Technology Showcase

Short presentations on new product or service innovations from exhibitors & partners


Drinks, Canapes & Networking


Wednesday 27 July 2022

Timezone: NZDT

Session 4: In-field Innovations for the Collection, Processing, Handling & Transport of Forest Residues

Welcome & Introduction



Biofuel Extraction, Handling & Transport Systems being used Operationally in Europe

Lessons and opportunites for local forestry, logging and independent fuel supply operations

Lars Eliasson, Senior Researcher, Associate Professor, Skogforsk, Sweden (Remote)


Aggregation of Fuel Supplies to Capitalise on Market Demands – from a forest owner’s perspective

Lessons from a two-year old initiative to add value to a company’s in-forest wood residues

Andrew Cocking, South Island Regional Manager, Port Blakely


Chipping in Forest

A successful “whole-tree approach” being used by a local company for wildlings and woody biomass

Brad Coleman, Owner, Canterbury Woodchip Supplies


Selecting the Right Residues Extraction and Transport Systems for Forest Cutover and Skid Site Operations

Lessons from a well-established NZ wood residues business

Shane Hooker, Managing Director, SHL Forest & Wood Fibre Solutions


Morning Tea & Networking

Sponsored by Pentarch Technical Services


Control and Management of Moisture Content through Log and Biomass Drying – in the Forest

Key findings and recommendations from a major Australian study on the opportunities of in-field drying of logs for chipping

Martin Strandgard, Senior Research Fellow & Mauricio Acuna, Senior Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (remote)

Session 5: Business Models for Buying & Selling Forest Fuels - Regional wood residues aggregation opportunities


Case Study: Ireland’s Vulcan Project

Setting up a successful commercial producer group of forest owners to co-ordinate the supply of biomass and timber to local end-users

Alex Kelly, Manager, Irish Wood Producers, Ireland (remote)


Co-ordinating Regional Supplies of Wood Residues

Options for collaborating to ensure scale, quantity and quality parameters being sought by heat users are being met and return to the wood suppliers can be maximised

Lloyd McGinty, Director, Energy Management, Ahika Consulting


Changing the Perception of Biomass Availability for Industrial Operations and Investors

Wood residues - They’re available – Now and into the future

Brian Cox, Executive Officer, Bioenergy Association of NZ


Conference Concludes, Lunch & Networking

1.00pm - 3.00pm

2 | Post-Conference Workshop: What Wood Fuel will Heat Plant Operators' Buy?

Hosted by BANZ (Bioenergy Association of NZ). This half-day workshop will focus on what makes wood fuel different from forest residues and how forest growers and contractors can turn residues, which would otherwise be wasted, into revenue.

Presenters: To be confirmed

Where: Conference Venue | Distinction Hotel Rotorua. This is an in-person only event.

Cost is $45 + GST and workshop registration is required. Click here for more details.