Sustainable Fuel Solutions
Driving a safe and sustainable future
Supporting clients in policy, strategy and the implementation of products for sustainable fuels.
What are sustainable fuels?
Sustainable fuels fall into three broad categories: e-fuels, conventional biofuels, and advanced biofuels. Electrofuels or e-fuels are produced using green hydrogen, which may then be synthesised with captured 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 bio-ethanol and bio-diesel components such as fatty acid methyl ester (FAME). These can be produced from first-generation sources like 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 or more synthesis steps rather than organic and/or mechanical processes.
Why sustainable fuels?
Government regulations are carving out a path towards carbon neutrality by various future dates. Many organizations have announced their net zero targets and are actively working to adapt their technologies.
The latest sustainable fuel technologies offer businesses an attractive route to minimising life-cycle carbon emissions whilst maximising performance of proven and robust technologies.
Our solutions can help your business maintain market share and adapt your products to adhere to regulations.
Ricardo has the expertise, engineers, test facilities and analysts you need to help you navigate the sustainable fuel space. Our team can help you analyze and select what fuel is right for your unique application as well as support your acceleration of that solution to market.
This service is usually delivered with an initial feasibility study that can then expand as needed into a full engineering program.
Clients can expect direct access and interactive support from sustainable fuel experts. Ricardo's approach is unique in that our experts are highly knowledgeable on the many different fuels along with Ricardo's impartiality, being technology agnostic we can provide a completely unbiased input on solutions.
Talk to us about our strategic consulting expertise and energy & environment focused consultancy to provide a wholistic assessment of the complete life cycle cost/challenges of any given solution.
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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