Sustainable Mobility

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

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

Advanced biofuels are also produced from sustainable biomass, but also use one of more synthesis steps rather than organic and/or mechanical processes. 

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Our capability

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

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Our approach

Ricardo provides direct access and interactive support from sustainable fuels experts, who deliver impartial, technologically agnostic solutions.

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Our markets

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.


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