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Ricardo Partners On Innovative Hydrogen-Electric Train Trial

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Ricardo Rail.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Ricardo, in partnership with Scottish Power, Network Rail Scotland and the University of Leeds, have received next phase energy sector funding to develop their innovative Holistic Hydrogen Approach to Heavy Duty Transport (H2H) project, which aims to be a catalyst that will help the UK remove all diesel trains from the network by 2040.

Of all British companies, one of those with most to lose from world-wide decarbonisation and the phase out of petrol and diesel is Ricardo.

Ricardo plc is an unusual company, which started life as Engine Patents Ltd in 1915.

For over a hundred years, they have been the go-to company, if you have a tricky design problem, with your diesel or petrol engines or the transmission.

Wikipedia has a list of technologies that shaped the company’s first 100 years.

I used to know the grandson of the company’s founder; Sir Harry Ricardo and he told me, that virtually every modern diesel or petrol engine in the world, has been designed with help from one or more of the company’s patents.

So decarbonisation has meant that Ricardo has diversified and their innovative Holistic Hydrogen Approach to Heavy Duty Transport (H2H) project has been one of the results.

September 22, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. I have to say that I’m none the wiser as to what these companies are actually doing.

    Comment by fammorris | September 22, 2022 | Reply

    • I felt the same, but if you read the Wikipedia entry for Ricardo, they have a wide range of expertise and technologies. As we now know that Cummins larger engines can be converted to hydrogen and that Class 156 and Class 158 trains have Cummins engines, I do wonder if Ricardo reckon they can convert these to hydrogen. Although the article talks about hydrogen electric. But then Ricardo are transmission experts and have mucked about with flywheels.
      But in total, there are around 300 156s, 158s and 159s. It could be a nice little earner.

      I also suspect, that in the past Ricardo have done some work for Cummins.

      Comment by AnonW | September 22, 2022 | Reply

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