Leading the grid: Ricardo’s capability in the energy sector has been significantly expanded with the acquisition of PPA Energy, bringing power industry experience in over 100 countries, with projects ranging from conventional small-scale and distributed power systems to strategic advice on regulatory and pricing issues, renewable power projects and smart grid technologies.
Russian revolution: Best known for its Lada models, Russia’s AvtoVAZ turned to Ricardo for support with a plug-in hybrid vehicle project. We describe the 18-month programme encompassing the development and integration of control system software and creating and refining the demonstrator on site in Russia.
Ricardo’s first 100 years: Founded as Engine Patents Ltd in 1915, the company today known as Ricardo plc this year celebrates a century of innovation – and begins looking forward to its next 100 years of visionary engineering. We trace Ricardo’s origins and its progress to today’s global success story.
Margo T Oge: The former director of transportation and air quality at the US EPA speaks about unblocking the impasse on Capitol Hill and developing the historic climate change deal with President Obama and the auto industry.
RQ viewpoint: Heather Haydock, argues that all nations need to prepare for December’s Paris Climate Conference. Read online.
Ricardo news: Next-generation e-motor avoids use of rare metals; aerospace collaboration for lighter automobiles; hydrogen refuelling scheme; water sector co-operation.