Archive / 2014

  • Report highlights lack of confidence in local authority planning for shale gas and oil

    08 December 2014

    The report of an extensive research survey carried out by Ricardo-AEA seeking the views of stakeholders in shale gas exploitation – ranging from the oil and gas industry, central and local government, energy-intensive industries, universities and professional service firms, to NGOs and not-for-profit organizations – has been published today, providing new insights into the perceptions and reality of its potential environmental impacts.

    The report, entitled ‘The opportunity in every difficulty’: attitudes to shale gas development in the UK, presents the findings of an in-depth survey of over 350 stakeholders from an extremely wide range of stakeholder sectors. Respondents had very mixed ...

  • Ricardo-AEA advises South African government on greenhouse gas mitigation

    03 December 2014

    Ricardo-AEA has today revealed its contribution to a landmark report published by the government of South Africa in November, outlining the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potential.

    The report was launched by Minister Edna Molewa at South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Dialogue. This event brought together stakeholders across the whole country to reflect upon South Africa’s journey towards a lower carbon and climate-resilient economy over the last decade, and to discuss tangible actions to enhance the delivery of these objectives in the future.

    The report’s findings will play a key role ...

  • Ricardo energy storage technology wins prestigious rail industry award

    02 December 2014

    The DDflyTrain project – in which Ricardo is collaborating with digital hydraulics specialist Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd and world-leading rail technology expert Bombardier Transportation – received the award for the ‘Most Interesting initiative in safety and sustainability’ at the Rail Exec gala dinner on Saturday evening, November 29.

    David Rollafson (centre) and Henry Dobson (right) receive safety and sustainability award from Allan Spence Director of Safety Strategy at Network Rail

    The Rail Exec ‘Most Interesting Awards’ are intended to celebrate the most interesting ways that companies are achieving the movement of people and freight safely and efficiently by rail. ...

  • Euro III buses can be cleaner than Euro V hybrids if retrofitted with new aftertreatment

    27 November 2014

    In an extension of a study of the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach company fleet in partnership with HORIBA, Ricardo research has shown that some of the oldest vehicles can also be the cleanest, if retrofitted with the latest low emissions exhaust aftertreatment technology.

    As part of a research project examining the real-world emissions of buses operating through a known pollution hot spot in Brighton city centre, Ricardo published results earlier in the year demonstrating the important role that improving traffic flow can have upon reducing NOx emissions. The study, the findings of which were reported in July, focused on ...

  • KOHLER Engines launches the KDI 3404 clean combustion engine

    25 November 2014

    KOHLER Engines new KDI 3404 engine

    Revealed for the first time earlier this month at the EIMA show, Bologna, Italy, and again today at BAUMA China – one of Asia’s largest construction industry shows – the new KOHLER KDI 3404 engine has been developed in partnership with Ricardo and features the revolutionary Ricardo Twin Vortex Combustion System.

    KOHLER Engines is promoting the new KDI 3404 engine as being unique in a number of respects: for technical innovation, performance, total ownership costs, operational and environmental benefits. Produced in the KOHLER Engines diesel production ...

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