Archive / February, 2015

  • Ricardo and Cascade announce key water sector collaboration

    26 February 2015

    Ricardo and Cascade Consulting today announce a formal collaboration bringing mutual benefit through additional joint capabilities and international reach in the areas of water resource management, water quality, ecosystem services and environmental impact assessment.

    Cascade specialises in environmental consultancy services for the UK water sector, based on extremely strong relationships with the country’s water companies as well as government departments and regulators. The company has particular expertise in the areas of water resource management, catchment management and ecosystem approaches, water quality, waste water treatment and collection systems, flooding and coastal water management, and the environmental assessment of water infrastructure schemes. Its ...

  • Ricardo develops next-generation electric vehicle motor

    23 February 2015
    • New prototype 85kW synchronous reluctance drive designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications
    • Avoids the use of expensive rare earth elements, provides uncompromised performance at significantly reduced cost


    The new electric vehicle (EV) motor has been designed and built in prototype form by Ricardo as part of a collaborative research and development project, RapidSR (Rapid Design and Development of a Switched Reluctance Traction Motor). Using a conventional distributed stator winding, the Ricardo synchronous reluctance electric machine is a highly innovative design that makes use of low-cost materials, simple manufacturing processes and uncomplicated construction. It has a rotor made from cut steel laminations, ...

  • Rolls-Royce selects Ricardo as engineering and manufacturing technology partner

    18 February 2015

    It has been announced today that Ricardo Performance Products – the manufacturing and assembly division of Ricardo – has been awarded contracts by Rolls-Royce to provide engineering and manufacturing services for two advanced engine technology projects.

    Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s leading power systems companies, perhaps best known for its aero engines which are used on some of the most successful commercial aircraft such as the new Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The contracts announced today relate to two technology development and validation projects, on each of which Rolls-Royce has requested Ricardo support. 

    The first of these technology ...



  • Ricardo-AEA to run hydrogen refuelling station competition

    02 February 2015

    Ricardo-AEA has been selected, in partnership with E4tech, to deliver the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) ‘hydrogen refuelling stations’ infrastructure grant scheme – the scheme aims to support the roll out of a UK hydrogen fuel network capable of servicing fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

    Grant funding of £3.5 million will be provided through the scheme to develop up to seven new, fully functional, hydrogen refuelling stations, with a further £2 million being made available to upgrade up to eight existing ‘demonstration’ stations.

    Ricardo-AEA will oversee the submission of infrastructure proposals through its online application portal, before technically reviewing the applications and making a formal recommendation to ...



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