Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY Laboratories
Dr. Preto works on developing new and improved technologies to make biomass a sustainable, efficient and clean source of energy. His research is focused on thermochemical or heat-associated chemical processes, namely: combustion, gasification, pyrolysis and torrefaction. These processes vary the time, temperature and pressure of biomass conversion to produce energy and/or gaseous, liquid or solid biofuels.
Fernando’s team is currently addressing technical gaps related to the conversion of forestry residues to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) via gasification, syngas cleaning and syngas conversion. The biomass-derived “Green” RNG would then be suitable for distribution through the existing natural gas grid infrastructure.
He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston.