Archive / April, 2015

  • First wind farm trials commence of Ricardo MultiLife(TM) bearing life extension technology

    29 April 2015

    It has been announced today that the revolutionary Ricardo MultiLife(TM) innovation – which in tests has been demonstrated as having the potential to improve wind turbine reliability and extend turbine bearing life by more than 500 percent – has been successfully installed and commissioned on a 600 kW turbine at the Barnesmore wind farm operated by ScottishPower Renewables in County Donegal, Ireland.

    Forensic investigation undertaken by Ricardo on behalf of wind energy clients has identified an important similarity in bearing failure mechanisms commonly arising in wind turbine drivetrains. Wear on the inner race of bearings in the inaccessible planetary stages of ...

  • New Ricardo-AEA advice service assists energy efficiency compliance

    28 April 2015

    Ricardo-AEA has launched a new service to keep organizations fully informed on how different Member States are implementing Article 8 of the European Union’s (EU) Energy Efficiency Directive and, crucially, what requirements their business must meet before 5 December 2015.

    The Directive is designed to support the delivery of the EU’s 2020 20 percent target for increased energy efficiency. Article 8 of the Directive requires ‘large’ organizations to undertake regular energy efficiency audits. For UK purposes, ‘large’ companies are defined as either employing more than 250 people or having an annual turnover or balance sheet value exceeding pre-set limits. Each ...

  • Ricardo congratulates KOHLER Engines on the award of Diesel of the Year 2015

    21 April 2015

    The KOHLER KDI 3404 TCR SCR engine – developed in partnership with Ricardo and featuring the revolutionary Ricardo Twin Vortex Combustion System – was named yesterday as ‘Diesel of the Year 2015’ by the editorial staff of DIESEL magazine.

    The award was made on the opening day of Intermat exhibition in Paris on 20th April, in front of an audience composed by international press, institutional guests and business operators. “On behalf of Ricardo I would like to congratulate KOHLER Engines on this well-deserved recognition for the KDI 3404 TCR SCR model,” commented Dr Andy Noble, Ricardo head of heavy duty engines. ...

  • Ricardo to acquire Lloyd’s Register Rail and create an international rail business

    17 April 2015
    • Share and Asset Purchase Agreement will see the Lloyd’s Register Rail (LR Rail) consultancy and assurance business transfer to Ricardo ownership
    • Ricardo Rail will be launched to combine LR Rail with existing Ricardo rail industry expertise in powertrain and driveline systems, lightweight structures and new technology and product innovations
    • Ricardo Rail will be uniquely positioned to exploit the expanded global footprint of the combined business
    • The acquisition will be immediately enhancing to underlying earnings and will be funded from the Group's enlarged bank facilities


    Ricardo has announced today that it has signed a Share and Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the business, operating assets ...

  • Ricardo shares vision on future cities and transport innovation at SAE’s Tech Hub

    16 April 2015

    Ricardo is one of the five sponsors of the SAE World Congress Tech Hub – a new forum at which delegates will be introduced to intriguing next-generation technologies from other industries and hear TED style “Tech Talks” on innovative future mobility solutions – and will also provide its own insights on key themes of future transportation.


    The first Ricardo presentation will be provided at 8.00am on Wednesday April 22 by the company’s chief technology & innovation officer Professor Neville Jackson, in the form of a special IMechE exchange lecture and Q&A. Entitled ‘Innovation and Sustainability: The Inspiration for this Century’ ...

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