Sustainable Fuel Solutions
Driving a safe and sustainable future
Supporting clients in the integration of policy, strategy and technology for sustainable fuels.
What are sustainable fuels?
The latest sustainable fuel technologies offer businesses an attractive route to minimising life-cycle carbon emissions, whilst maximising performance of proven and robust technologies.
They are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future of mobility, including in aviation, marine, commercial and off-highway applications, providing a solution, which reduces green house gas emissions, and supports ambitious global targets for decarbonisation.
Why sustainable fuels?
Sustainable fuels include biofuels, such as hydrotreated vegetable oil, or bioethanol, and synthetic fuels, such as ammonia or methanol.
They fall into three broad categories: e-fuels, conventional biofuels and advanced biofuels.
Electrofuels or e-fuels
Electrofuels or e-fuels are produced using green hydrogen, which can then be synthesised with capture carbon dioxide. In addition to green hydrogen and green ammonia, drop-in liquid fuels such as e-gasoline and e-diesel are also important e-fuels.
Conventional biofuels include familiar fuels such as bioethanol and bio-diesel components such as fatty acid methyl ester. They can be produced from first generation sources, such as food crops, or from sustainable second-generation biomass such as forestry and agricultural waste.
Advanced biofuels are also produced from sustainable biomass, but also use one of more synthesis steps rather than organic and/or mechanical processes.
From understanding policy and strategy, to full life cycle analysis, design, integration, test and validation, Ricardo’s engineering and clean energy experts help businesses to identify challenges and develop solutions that meet their sustainable fuels requirements.
Our team can help determine the right fuel for each application, based on efficiency, performance and cost, accelerating go-to market solutions, including:
• Single Cylinder Research Engines
• ICE design and development
• Test & Validation
• Life Cycle Analysis
• Feasibility Studies
Ricardo provides direct access and interactive support from sustainable fuels experts, who deliver impartial, technologically agnostic solutions.
Why not talk to one of our experts today?
Events and webinars
Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe 2023
Ricardo is attending the Hydrogen Technology Expo 2023, coinciding with Carbon Capture Technology Expo Europe 2023 and Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium.
Dedicated hybrid engines with sustainable fuels: steps towards net-zero propulsion
In this free webinar, Ricardo’s Dr Richard Osborne and Agam Saroop will draw on the company’s world-renowned expertise in dedicated hybrid engines to share the latest findings of their research project to apply a pre-chamber combustion system to the Magma xEV engine, to enable the highest levels of charge dilution and further increase brake thermal efficiency.
Sustainable propulsion systems for future military vehicles
In this webinar Make UK Defence and Ricardo experts shall discuss alternative energy pathways and propulsion technologies being developed for Automotive and Industrial vehicles and their applicability for Land Mobility.
Our sustainable fuel solutions are available across a number of sectors including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, off-highway vehicles, motorcycles, high-performance vehicles, rail, maritime applications, industrial, aerospace and defence sectors.
Our case studies
Sustainable Aerospace Propulsion
Ricardo’s aerospace engineering team is working as part of a UK consortium, led by Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, to deliver the world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline service using hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Hydrogen fuel cell for commercial trucks
Ricardo supported a California Fuel Cell Partnership in the assessment of H2 trucks and fuelling stations.
Fuel cell electric zero emissions truck
Ricardo supported Toyota with the development and deployment of one of the most advanced hydrogen fuel cells in transportation, for use in its ‘Beta’ Project Portal 2.0 Class 8 heavy duty zero emissions fuel cell electric truck.
Hydrogen development for LCV
Supporting the development of Toyota’s first hydrogen light commercial vehicle for prototype in the UK.
Repowered hydrogen bus
Ricardo has worked to repower a double decker bus with hydrogen fuel cells to support a zero-emission demonstration on Teesside. The project, in partnership with Stagecoach North East, created a hydrogen fuelled, zero tailpipe concept bus, to support exploration into the feasibility of the production of fleet passenger vehicles for future, sustainable shared mobility.
Life cycle analyses of electric and internal combustion vehicles
Ricardo Strategic Consulting conducted a life cycle assessment study for the Fuels Institute to study the life cycle emissions and total cost of ownership of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and electric vehicles. The study involved an extensive literature review of the research work in this field and a customized life cycle analysis (LCA) model development by Ricardo.
3-80MW marine propulsion market
Assessing the Future Market Share of Alternative Fueled Marine Power Systems to 2050
Greenhouse gas reductions in marine leisure propulsion
Ricardo undertook an LCA, TCO and practicality analysis to identify the most suitable propulsion technologies able to decarbonise the recreational craft sector
Hydrogen ICE for off-highway applications
A client asked Ricardo to conduct a study looking into the current and future market for hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2 ICE), primarily focused on the medium-duty off-highway sector
Methanol engine market and technology study
Ricardo assessed the market and technologies for methanol internal combustion engines for marine propulsion applications.
Alternative fuels roadmap
Developing a user-centric assessment tool for alternative fuels.
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