Hydrogen Solutions for Transport

Delivering Hydrogen Transport 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 for Road Transport

We are committed to delivering sustainable solutions for all modes of transportation. Hydrogen lends itself particularly well to heavy duty powertrain applications for long haul and specialised transportation where heavy cargo or longer journeys are required.  As part of our pledge to develop emissions-free powertrain solutions fit for the future, we are building a new hydrogen engine development facility to support the implementation of this environmentally friendly fossil fuel alternative.

 

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 it’s 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.

 

Zero-carbon future for the Shipping Industry is achievable

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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 Consulting Services

At Ricardo Strategic Consulting, we are technology agnostic, and we focus on recommending the best solutions for both the location, sector, situation and client we are working alongside. It’s important to assess the entire lifecycle of a product to understand its impact on the environment, and we can help to assess the capital and operating costs of the technologies.

For example, it might be more effective to use battery electric vehicles in one country and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in another. Our independent experts are equipped to assess the environmental and commercial impact of hydrogen-based decision-making throughout the product’s lifecycle. We can advise on transport, production and distribution and energy and industrial uses. Our team of consultants act as trusted advisors to our clients across global markets.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Strategy

  • Innovation Strategy, Research and Development
  • Hydrogen fuel cell supply chain issues
  • Future decarbonisation scenarios for hydrogen in all transport modes and in the supply chain
  • Product development for hydrogen fuel cell systems and combustion engines
  • Market entry strategy for hydrogen fuel cell systems
  • Technical due diligence of hydrogen fuel cell systems
  • Total cost of ownership modelling for vehicle fleet owners, including hydrogen fuel cells.
   

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?

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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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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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