Clean Air Power (CAP), developer of dual-fuel engine management software for heavy duty vehicles, and Ricardo Inc. (Ricardo), a multi‐industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy, have entered into a five year non‐exclusive co‐operation agreement for the development of dual-fuel engines for potential OEM partners.
Under the terms of the Agreement Ricardo will recommend to its clients, when appropriate, Clean Air Power as its preferred developer and supplier of dual-fuel systems and Clean Air Power will, when appropriate, recommend Ricardo as its preferred system integration partner for dual-fuel systems developed by the Group.
CAP’s dual-fuel system enables heavy duty vehicles to operate primarily on natural gas, with diesel fuel acting as a ‘liquid spark plug’. The diesel engine is basically unchanged, and retains its high performance and high efficiency 4-stroke diesel cycle. If the natural gas runs out, the system changes seamlessly to operate on 100 percent diesel, providing complete diesel operational backup.
John Pettitt, chief executive of Clean Air Power, said “Our clear medium term strategy is to develop further OEM relationships and through this Agreement we have access to the resources and engineering expertise needed to develop additional new OEM products, based on our Dual-Fuel technology, to meet the growing interest in natural gas vehicles amongst manufacturers. Ricardo is a truly global company and we hope that this agreement will place our Dual-Fuel system at the forefront of the worldwide trend towards the adoption of natural gas as a road fuel.”
“Natural gas in a dual-fuel application offers both fuel economy and cost savings to the large and heavy duty engine industry,” stated Tom Apostolos, president of Ricardo’s US business Ricardo, Inc. “This agreement will help our global clients to achieve those savings more quickly, with reduced development time and robust system integration.”
(Source: Clean Air Power)