Hydrogen testing and development

Testing and development solutions for rapid product development of hydrogen ICE and hydrogen fuel cell solutions.

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Our hydrogen solutions team can support at various stages of the development process, from initial concept through to certification. Our purpose-built hydrogen facility has a broad range of functionality suitable for a number of applications including heavy-duty solutions. Our expert team can support projects from various market sectors such as automotive, rail, maritime, industrial and aerospace.

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Compress your hydrogen development program with the expert team at Ricardo. Our hydrogen solutions team can support at various stages of the development process, from initial concept through to certification. Our hydrogen test facility can be used in isolation or as part of a more comprehensive design and development program.

Our hydrogen solutions include the following capabilities:

Hydrogen ICE

Our Hydrogen ICE test facility builds on our expertise in this exciting growth sector and align with worldwide decarbonisation goals.

  • Advanced emissions testing to global standards including the highest European and Federal requirements​
  • Performance and mechanical development and durability testing​
  • Highly configurable cell to meet engine architecture​
  • Dual fuel handling and management

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Our facilities are capable of testing up to 400kW H2 fuel system over a range of steady state and transient operating loads, with conditioning and control of appropriate fluid system and air system.

Clients across the globe with a wide variety of product portfolios and industry backgrounds trust Ricardo to develop their hydrogen solutions; from engineering innovation through to policy development.

Industry-leading brands and manufacturers choose to work with Ricardo for our practical expertise. Our solutions help drastically reduce research and development timescales, ultimately ensuring your products get to market faster. Our purpose-built hydrogen testing facility reduces the need for manufacturers to invest in costly facilities, further reducing the cost of development.

Our hydrogen test facility boasts remote access capability. Client engineers can access the facility from the office or home and complete development programs time-efficiently and cost-effectively. Harnessing Ricardo’s in-house expertise, our team can support the development of hydrogen-based solutions by supporting your business with bespoke programmes.

Ricardo works across a broad range of market sectors and industries. We work closely with OEMs, tier 1 suppliers and fleet operators. Our hydrogen test facility and development services are used by businesses in a number of industries including:

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Off-Highway Vehicles
  • High Performance Vehicles
  • Rail
  • Aerospace
  • Maritime
  • Industrial

We’ve worked with a number of high-profile clients across our entire automotive & industrial consultancy. Our hydrogen clients include major vehicle OEMs, maritime operators, and automotive component manufacturers.

Hydrogen ICE Equipment

  • Up to 460kW AC regenerative dynamometers >460kW EC options
  • 10-50bar(g) gas supply pressure to UUT with up to 35 kg.hr flow capacity (Coriolis gas flow measurement Hytron)
  • Automated control % measurement system
  • Temperature pressure and humidity-controlled intake air system

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Equipment

  • AVL Puma control system
  • 10-30bar(g) gas supply pressure to UUT with up to 30 kg.hr flow capacity (Coriolis gas flow measurement Hytron)
  • Intake conditioning module
  • Coolant conditioning system
  • Battery simulation

Our approach

Hydrogen capability

Our hydrogen test facility has been rated for heavy duty products and is ready for use by our clients now. Access our services to enable you to test your products cost-effectively and efficiently.

Rapid development

Our state-of-the-art advanced development tools are optimised for rapid product development. This reduced testing and development time and costs without compromise to quality.

Flexible test delivery

Ricardo's expert test team have extensive experience in delivering complex R&D programmes to a range of clients. We work flexibly with our customers to optimise test scheduling, enabling them to keep development programmes on track despite the challenges of new technologies.

Remote access

Our hydrogen test facility can be accessed remotely. This enables our clients to work with us without the need to travel to our site, saving them development time, cost and reducing the carbon impact of testing programmes.

Facility flexibility

Our hydrogen test facility is a one-stop-shop for all your testing needs. We deliver upfront R&D, development and durability and certification.

Hydrogen testing and development


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