Hydrogen Solutions for Transport

Delivering Hydrogen Solutions fit for the future

Ricardo has placed decarbonisation and sustainability at the heart of its strategy. We have an extensive range of skills relating to the hydrogen agenda, from policy development to infrastructure feasibility through to implementation and integration of hydrogen based technologies for global transport applications.


 
Hydrogen Ecosystem Consultancy
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Hydrogen Engineering services

Hydrogen is providing a viable decarbonisation solution across all modes of transportation. As each segment has its own unique set of legislative requirements and operational challenges, both hydrogen engine and hydrogen fuel cell technology have a role to play in the short term. Whichever technology is most suited to the platform, Ricardo is enabling our clients to make the jump to hydrogen propulsion. Our range of hydrogen engineering services cover a broad range of expertise for both hydrogen engine and fuel cell technologies including:

  • Hydrogen powertrain development (H2 engine and fuel cell system) and integration
  • Vehicle optimisation inc thermal management and power distribution
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Fuel cell system and hydrogen engine test facilities
  • Retrofit solutions
  • Leak detection
  • Cost reduction
  • Lifecycle analysis
  • Testing and development
 

Ricardo developing and testing new hydrogen engine

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Ricardo has created a hydrogen-fuelled research engine which could offer a renewable, economic and durable technology solution to accelerate zero carbon emissions in heavy duty trucks, off-highway machines and marine vessels.

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Ricardo invests in a hydrogen testing facility

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Designed to leverage and extend Ricardo’s expertise in building solutions to support zero emission mobility, this new facility will form part of a global centre of excellence for hydrogen, defossilised fuels and electrified transport engineering.

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Developing heavy-duty hydrogen powertrains for 2025+

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In this free webinar, Andrea Trevisan, Trevor Downes and Dr Cedric Rouaud from Ricardo discuss the company’s approach to developing hydrogen combustion engine and hydrogen fuel cell systems using virtual product development (VPD), advanced control and tests.

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Ricardo receives provisional funding award for hydrogen engine development facility

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Planned new test facility at Ricardo will help bring forward the development of hydrogen powered vehicles as an emission-free and more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel use.

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Developing new ways to store hydrogen on fuel cell buses

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Ricardo is working with London South Bank University in a project addressed at development of an innovative method of storing hydrogen on fuel cell buses.

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Hydrogen for Rail

Hydrogen is of growing interest in the rail sector and the public nature of rail networks provides an ideal platform for governments to support the investment and growth of a hydrogen economy.

To enable effective uptake of the technology across a range of transport sectors, development of multi-modal hydrogen hubs at combined depots, terminals and freight distribution centres on key corridors can be economically developed that service both road and rail freight (or even air and water if at strategic airports/waterways). This enables modal shift to the most effective transport mode for greatest environmental benefit per sector of journey, forming spoke and hub systems where long-distance freight would efficiently be transported by rail to local distribution centres. From these captive fleets for delivery by road powered by hydrogen or using electric batteries become viable. Removing the necessity for long distance haulage by road swings the propulsion model in favour of clean technology for this last part of the journey.

Ricardo has worked on a number of different hydrogen related projects in rail, including Porterbrook’s HydroFLEX, the first hydrogen-powered train to operate on the UK network, whilst a project in the Netherlands for the province of Groningen assessed the viability of hydrogen fuel cell range-extended battery-powered trains in an area which was out of scope for electrification but had short turnarounds and relatively long routes, negating battery-only operation.

 

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey

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The prototype, called the Hydroflex, made a 25-mile round trip through Warwickshire and Worcestershire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

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Battery power vehicles: viability for low-traffic routes

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Exploring the viability for battery-powered trains on low-traffic routes. In 2018 we produced a research report to explore the potential for introducing battery-powered trains on sections of national networks where low traffic means full electrification is not feasible.

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Hydroflex

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HydroFLEX is the UK's the first hydrogen-powered train to operate on its network. In September 2020 the first HydroFLEX unit successfully started the first phase of mainline testing, achieving top speeds of 50mph.

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Hydrogen for Marine

Hydrogen and renewable energy will play a critical role in enabling the marine industry to meet its targets of significantly reducing carbon emissions and limiting its impact on climate change. Ricardo’s alternative fuel and renewable energy experts have been supporting the industry, operators and ports with understanding the policies and technologies needed to support achievement of mandatory emission requirements.

 

South Africa - fuelling the future of shipping

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A study by Ricardo and Environmental Defense Fund for the P4G Getting to Zero Coalition Partnership finds that South Africa holds an untapped opportunity to supply the global shipping industry with zero carbon fuels.

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Ricardo developing and testing new hydrogen engine

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Ricardo has created a hydrogen-fuelled research engine which could offer a renewable, economic and durable technology solution to accelerate zero carbon emissions in heavy duty trucks, off-highway machines and marine vessels.

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Ricardo joins Getting to Zero consortium

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Ricardo has been invited to join other leading global marine organisations to help to deliver the world’s first commercially viable zero emissions sea going vessel

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Zero-carbon future for the Shipping Industry is achievable

Report (Externally hosted)

Ocean Conservancy has released a new report, prepared by Ricardo, that presents a compelling case for the widespread adoption of ‘electrofuels’ to transition the international shipping industry from being one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions to a zero-carbon future.

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Ricardo and EMEC team up to support Isle of Wight hydrogen production

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Ricardo and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) are supporting the delivery of a new solar powered hydrogen production facility which is being developed as part of feasibility funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund.

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New shipping fuels can cut pollution and boost clean energy economy in developing countries

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A new paper ‘Sailing on Solar’, commissioned by Environmental Defense Fund Europe and developed by Ricardo, presents a vision of how international shipping can meet its target of at least halving emissions by 2050 – while also helping developing nations benefit from the emerging clean energy economy.

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Hydrogen for Aerospace

Ricardo is at the forefront of clean efficient propulsion development for the aerospace industry. Our expertise in aircraft propulsion systems and our capability in alternative fuels and hydrogen technology means that we can offer a broad range of engineering solutions and services for both commercial and defence applications.

 

Ricardo to help to deliver hydrogen fuel cell aircraft

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Ricardo joins a UK consortium to deliver world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services utilising hydrogen technology

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Why was hydrogen selected for Project Fresson?

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In this Q&A with Ricardo's Dr Cedric Rouaud and other consortium members, we get an insight into why hydrogen was selected as the fuel of choice for Project Fresson

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Redressing the balance

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How Ricardo’s expertise in hydrogen fuel cell technology and balance of plant is helping to deliver the world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services

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Hydrogen Ecosystem Consulting

Ricardo is offering technology agnostic, independent advice to the increasing number of businesses around the globe looking to adopt hydrogen technology as part of their decarbonisation strategies. Our experts also advise government agencies on the policy implications of promoting a hydrogen economy, and on financing and regulatory solutions to lower adoption costs and maximise environmental benefits.

Our independent experts advise across multiple sectors and global markets, from the transportation to hydrogen production and distribution, to energy and industrial applications. We are helping our clients to discover the best solutions for their unique requirements from a technical, environmental, and commercial perspective across the full product lifecycle.

Our services include: 

  • Technology roadmapping and market forecasting
  • Regulatory and policy analysis (UK, EU, Global)
  • Market and Technology Studies for Marine
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Strategy
  • Product development and market entry strategies
  • Scenario planning for decarbonisation
  • Total cost of ownership and Return on Investment modelling
  • Life Cycle assessment
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Air Quality
  • Supply chain development
  • Data collection
  • Technical due diligence
 

In addition, our RiCK subscription service can give your team access to essential hydrogen research, including information on hydrogen production, storage and distribution, the latest global hydrogen news, access to technical papers and a list of conferences related to the hydrogen industry. 

   

Ricardo joins Scottish hydrogen association

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Ricardo is bidding to raise its profile in the hydrogen sector by joining the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).

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Ricardo helps to launch Hydrogen Sussex

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Leveraging Ricardo’s expertise in hydrogen, fuel cells and defossilised fuels to support zero emission mobility, the new energy group is dedicated to putting Sussex at the forefront of the hydrogen fuel revolution

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Ricardo commits to the UK Hydrogen Strategy Now campaign

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Ricardo has joined a group of leading UK businesses – which have together committed to invest £3bn into hydrogen projects – in calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a UK-wide hydrogen strategy.

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What is the impact of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle during its entire lifecycle?

Expert Q&A

Discover leading thoughts and insights on this question and more, in this Q&A with Jane Patterson, a consultant from the Ricardo Technology Strategy Team. Jane discusses the life cycle assessment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and factors that influence their environmental impact, such as the hydrogen production pathway.

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Is hydrogen the energy of the future, and will it help to halt climate emissions?

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Discover thoughts on the future role of hydrogen from Marvin Tchamiller, a consultant from the Ricardo Technology Strategy team. In this Q&A, he discusses the use of hydrogen now and how it might develop in the future. Marvin identifies potential scenarios where hydrogen could play a vital role in reducing environmental impact.

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Discover the latest news, reports and updates on the future of hydrogen in transport

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Do you need to keep up to date on the very latest information relating to hydrogen adoption in transport and energy? Ricardo would like to introduce you to two new products from the RiCK™ team that will help you discover the latest news and developments in hydrogen. A vital update for all those working in the automotive, marine, rail, and aviation industries.

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How important is hydrogen in the transition towards zero-emission transportation?

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Hydrogen is a promising fuel for enabling decarbonization in several transportation segments. Discover the specific applications that can benefit from the adoption of hydrogen in this article from Piyush Bubna, Senior Manager at Ricardo Strategic Consulting where he reviews its application in trucking, rail, marine, aviation and other sectors.

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Hydrogen for Off-Highway

Hydrogen propulsion is an ideal solution for the decarbonisation of the Off-Highway segment in situations and use cases where electrification would prove challenging to implement due to the demanding operational environments, heavy duty cycles and space constraints. Moreover, the repetitive drive cycles and predictable demand unlocks cost competitive hydrogen supply, enabling commercialisation in this sector.

Ricardo is working with OEMS to support the implementation of hydrogen propulsion for the large variety of machinery in the off-highway segment across a wide range of functionality and applications. We work directly with our clients to develop solutions unique to their off-highway portfolios, from feasibility studies to operational safety. We are developing bespoke hydrogen systems and implementing retrofit solutions to existing powertrains.

 

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