Benjamin (Ben) Bronson

 Benjamin (Ben) Bronson

Research Engineer, Bioenergy Systems, Thermochemical Biomass Conversion

Ben Bronson obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering in 2011 and Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering in 2014 from the University of Ottawa. After completing multiple coop terms at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, he became full time research engineer at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa in 2011.

Ben’s main research focus is towards advancing the development of technologies to assist in making biomass a sustainable, clean and cost-effective source of energy. As a research engineer, his responsibilities include pilot plant design, commissioning and operation for a variety of biomass thermochemical conversions including combustion, fast pyrolysis, and gasification of biomass at scales ranging from 5 kg/h to 300 kg/h input. The experimental work for his Master thesis, entitled The Effects of Feedstock Pre-treatment on the Fluidized Bed Gasification of Biomass, was completed in the fluidized bed gasification pilot facilities at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa. As the lead for multi- partner research projects, his current research projects are aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in production and use of fuels and chemicals from the thermochemical conversion of low quality residual biomass (such as forest harvest and pulp mill residues).