Technology innovation

Technology innovations for a safer, cleaner future

Our technologically advanced innovations ensure access to clear air and water, and our cross-sector engineering innovations accelerate decarbonised transportation and are supporting global net zero agendas. 

Optimising technologies for the aerospace sector

The global aviation sector is targeting zero emissions by 2050. 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, electrification and hydrogen technology means that we can offer a broad range of engineering solutions and services.

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Transformative sustainable technology innovation for the automotive sector

For over 100 years, Ricardo has been using engineering and research and development expertise to help global vehicle manufacturers innovate and improve the efficiency and performance of their products to bring them to market quicker and cheaper without compromising safety or quality.

OEMs within the global transport sector are looking for solutions to the world’s most complex mobility challenges, particularly the acceleration towards a sustainable zero carbon future.

Ricardo delivers transformative, environmentally sustainable technology innovation, as the trusted global engineering services partner for clean, efficient, integrated propulsion and energy solutions for global transport customers, leveraging its digital backbone and investment in data science capability to help customers maximise their efficiency and effectiveness.

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Accelerating technological deployment in industrial and manufacturing

Ricardo is a globally trusted engineering and manufacturing services partner for clean, efficient, integrated propulsion and energy systems, and with specialisms in niche manufacturing and industrial engineering. We are well placed to guide industrial and manufacturing customers as they seek trusted strategies and implementation for their electrification programmes to accelerate their product or operational decarbonisation.

As OEMs strive to find cost-effective solutions for a varied portfolio of products while meeting the specific vehicle performance requirements that heavy duty platforms entail, Ricardo is uniquely positioned to develop technology innovation solutions to meet their challenges.

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New technology integration for energy decarbonisation

Across multiple sectors and global markets, Ricardo offers independent advice to public and private sector clients seeking to implement ambitious decarbonisation strategies. Our experts also advise government agencies on policy implications, and on financing and regulatory solutions to lower new technology adoption costs and maximise environmental benefits. We have deep knowledge of implementing and integrating new technology safely. We guide our clients to the best solutions for their unique requirements from a technical, environmental, and commercial perspective across the full product life cycle. 

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Marine technology innovation and introduction

Since 1907 when Sir Harry Ricardo developed his first marine engine, our engineering experts have been applying marine technology, innovation and deep domain knowledge to help clients drive efficiency, reduce cost and risk from new technology introduction. 

Hydrogen and renewable energy will play a critical role in enabling the maritime industry to meet its targets of significantly reducing carbon emissions and limiting its impact on climate change. Our experts work across the entire maritime ecosystem with understanding of the policies and technologies needed to support achievement of mandatory emission requirements.

We have a long history of supporting our clients in assessing the most suitable fuel and powertrain for them, including the use of methanol and reformers, and hydrogen fuel cell integration for maritime sector applications.

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Connected and autonomous technologies for rail

Our experts have played a key role in supporting the evolution of connected and autonomous technologies in both the commercial and public transit realms for many years, from the world’s longest driverless metro system to the launch of personal transit systems at major international airports.

Deep technical knowledge of both the automotive and rail sectors means we bring cross-sector expertise to every assignment we undertake.

We have experience of determining technical specification, system integration and functional safety, as well other key disciplines around procurement and supply chains, human factors implications and cyber security.  We construe laws and standards into practical directions for implementation and use our previous experience for guidance in implementation.

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Our key capabilities in technology innovation

Governments and policy makers around the world trust Ricardo's evidence-based guidance and advice when it comes to set and meet national net zero targets in order to cut emissions and tackle climate change.

Find out more about our policy, strategy and economics solution

Ricardo is the trusted, long-term sustainability partner for organisations around the world.  Our global network of experts provide our clients with robust, science-led expertise to support their national or corporate net zero or decarbonisation objectives.  

We support you to set out effective and realistic solutions; build organisational and supply chain resilience; prepare for future regulatory challenges; and align sustainability with organisational growth and better financial performance.

Combining in-depth knowledge of issues with leading strategic thinking to create action-orientated strategies, we support clients with: 

  • Sustainability/ESG strategy
  • Net zero strategy
  • Circular economy strategy
  • Site decarbonisation strategy
  • Supply chain decarbonisation
  • Life cycle assessment

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  • Evidence and policy: we support governments globally with guidance on evidence and policy 
  • Strategy, economics and feasibility - we undertake consulting, feasibility studies, techno-economic models and life cycle assessments
  • Innovation and implementation - technology and engineering solutions
  • Testing, assurance and certification

Ricardo has a long history of supporting clients on strategic, technical and commercial aspects of new technology innovation and implementation.

Ricardo has over a century of experience in engineering, systems design and development. We are uniquely positioned at the intersection of the mobility, energy and environmental agendas.

Working across multiple key industries, we deliver: ​

  • Technologically advanced solutions that ensure access to clean air and water
  • Cross-sector engineering solutions to accelerate decarbonised transportation
  • Innovation to support global net zero and industry agendas
  • Comprehensive expertise in safety, assurance and certification 

We help our clients with:

  • Product realisation: our skilled team builds specialist prototypes and complete small batch production up to full vehicle level
  • Development testing: we cover all aspects from single components to complex systems
  • Validation: we work with global authorities to complete homologation and robustness testing of products following developments

We work with organisations around the world from start-ups to established multi-nationals providing services including: production launch industrialisation consultancy where clients need rapid ramp-ups to transition to higher manufacturing volumes.

Our dedicated New Product Introduction team includes extensive team of qualified and experienced engineers. We also have a dedicated strategic supply chain management team and supplier development team

Our proven Ricardo Niche New Product Introduction process is based on industry best practices, gained from multiple projects across diverse industry sectors. The global network of engineers,  scientists, environmental consultants and hands-on manufacturing experts have renowned technical expertise and a strong track record of process optimisation.  

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Case studies


Sustainable electric motor supply chain

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Thermal optimisation for electric vehicles

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Riding Sunbeams - the solar powered railway

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News and insights

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Green Plane In Sky

Ricardo works with UK consortium to deliver world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services using hydrogen fuel cell technology

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Ferry In Transit

Ricardo works with UK consortium to accelerate maritime decarbonisation in Orkney

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Electric Car Charging

Electric vehicles on the road to greener future

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Technology innovation Resources

The Style Counsellor

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Racing towards a green future

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Climate repair technology: what is it and how does it work?

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Developing a Formula E transmission solution for DS Performance

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Technology innovation


Helping you understand the challenges facing agriculture and implement sustainable solutions that deliver effective results.

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We work with businesses to maximise benefit and avoid risks on their sustainability journey.

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Ricardo provides impartial evidence and analysis underpinning environmental policymaking throughout the policy life cycle.

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Complementary measures that solve air quality problems and help mitigate carbon emissions and ensure a vibrant and livable city for your residents. 

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Ricardo supports utilities, mining, resources, healthcare and the public sector to develop, deliver and manage their projects and assets.

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Providing expertise to support your chemical operations and sustainable growth.

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World-leading environmental, energy and policy modelling to create a safe and sustainable world.

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Ricardo specialise in high-performance, niche volume manufacturing and assembly for complex, precision, electromechanical products and offer world-class industrialisation consultancy

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We are experts in the establishing flexible and stable product assembly operations which output complex products to help our clients achieve their premium product aspirations.

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Precision manufacture of complex mechanical components for engines and transmissions for high performance and specialised applications delivered in low volumes.

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Ricardo's strategic consultancy services enables our clients to navigate complexity in a disrupted world.

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Ricardo's strategic consultancy offering enables our clients to navigate complexity in a disrupted world.

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Ricardo offers world-class technical consulting services to enable our customers to get the most from their products and services in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

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We can support your organisation with scientifically robust and high quality approaches to energy transition to deliver you value across a wide range of areas.

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Operations and maintenance services to ensure that our clients' programmes are delivered with excellence.

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Technical insights and analysis from Ricardo experts.

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Learn more about our leading engineering, design and design services.

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Our expert team support businesses with bespoke software solutions and stable software libraries for development programs.

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The most advanced equipment and capabilities in the world can become ineffective without appropriate in-service support solutions.

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Experts in delivering innovative system engineering and integration solutions towards a safe and sustainable future.

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