Archive / June, 2015

  • Significant fuel savings and rapid payback shown for rail flywheel hybrid technology

    16 June 2015

    • Research and development conducted by Ricardo, Artemis Intelligent Power and Bombardier Transportation
    • Innovative high-speed flywheel-based brake energy recovery system concept developed for Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rolling stock
    • Double-digit percentage fuel savings and sub-five year investment payback demonstrated
    • Discussions on potential applications now being pursued with key rail industry stakeholders


    The DDFlyTrain project has projected a fuel saving of around 10 percent based on the use of high speed flywheel brake recovery technology retrofitted to DMU rolling stock. This order of saving means that the technology has a potential return on investment of inside five years. The project has also produced a proof of concept test rig used to demonstrate the ...

  • New Pi Innovo M670 ECU cuts development costs and provides ideal niche production platform

    11 June 2015

    Next week’s Engine Expo 2015 at Messe Stuttgart on June 16 will see the launch of Pi Innovo’s innovative new M670 rapid prototyping engine control unit (ECU). The unit is a significant step forward, allowing customization of production level hardware accelerating speed to market for mainstream automotive development – while also providing a robust platform for niche volume production projects from specialty vehicles to large engines and off-highway equipment. 

    The latest in Pi Innovo’s OpenECU® family of rapid prototyping ECUs, the M670 breaks new ground in functionality, robustness, customization and performance, providing an ideal architecture for OEMs to develop the ...

  • Encouraging business initiatives aimed at tackling illegal wildlife trade

    02 June 2015

    A team led by Ricardo-AEA has been appointed by the European Commission to assess and recommend initiatives aimed at combating the illegal wildlife trade, through greater cooperation with businesses – part of the EU’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its policy against wildlife trafficking.

    Well-regulated, sustainable and legal trade can bring benefits to wildlife and to local communities that depend upon it. However, illegal trade in wildlife can threaten species’ survival and undermine both the rule of law and initiatives aimed at sustainable development. The illegal wildlife trade, excluding fisheries and timber, is estimated to be worth between US $8 – 10 ...


  • Ricardo wins Ford Gold World Excellence award

    01 June 2015

    Ricardo Inc was announced as one of just 11 leading global suppliers to receive a Gold award at the 17th Annual World Excellence Awards at a ceremony held at Ford’s Dearborn World Headquarters

    The World Excellence Awards ceremony is hosted each year by Ford Motor Company to recognize and celebrate the outstanding performance of the company’s top performing suppliers - the theme of this year’s awards was ‘Innovation.’ The awards were created to recognize exemplary supplier performance in quality, cost, relationships and delivery. The intent of the awards is to acknowledge outstanding supplier contribution to the success of Ford Motor Company, ...

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