About Us

Dolphin N2
  • Innovate project “StepCo2″consortium of UK manufacturers and universities was formed in 2017 and led by Ricardo PLC to develop the split cycle technology and to produce a demonstration engine.

  • Dolphin-N2 was created internally in Ricardo as a separate group

  • Dolphin N2 is purchased by FPT Industrial in December 2019 and takes the lead in StepCo2 project.
Technology
  • Dolphin is developing three variants of split cycle technology: 

    • CryoPower; which includes liquid Nitrogen injection in the compressor

    • Wet ThermoPower; which includes Water injection in the compressor

    • Dry ThermoPower; which  uses dry compression

  • Dry ThermoPower will be the first technology to be introduced for road transport and power generation
Status
  • January 2018: Proof of concept for combustion system using single cylinder engine at University of Brighton

Dolphin N2 was created by Ricardo PLC to continue the development of the Split cycle engine  The name “Dolphin” is taken from the first engine developed and produced by Sir Harry Ricardo, the popularity of which laid the foundations of Ricardo PLC.
In December 2019 Fiat Powertrain limited purchased Dolphin N2 to support the development
The split cycle engine has the potential to reduce fossil fuel use by up to 30% whilst simultaneously reducing air pollutants to below any future planned legislation.
The concept is covered by 7 international patents and a single cylinder proof of concept engine has been running in Brighton University on an Innovate UK programme to reduce carbon emissions from heavy transport.

Simon Brewster

CEO Dolphin N2

Simon Brewster gained a First in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in 1992. Since then, he has forged a career as a commercially focused general manager & gained extensive international experience in start-up of innovative technologies, products & teams, through to successful market and B2B business creation.

Simon has a track record of managing full life-cycle product strategies and development within vehicle OEMs, suppliers and consultancies.

Having joined Ricardo PLC in 2011 as a Chief Engineer, Simon has seen several roles including: Head of Industrial & Large Engines, Director Industrial Engines, Director Industrial & Defence before heading up the team with Dolphin N2 in 2017.

Simon’s role as CEO at Dolphin N2 allows him to establish Dolphin N2 & the CryoPower de-carbonizing technologies, amongst global heavy-duty transport, power generation & energy companies.

Nick Owen

Technical Director Dolphin N2

Nick Owen studied at Cambridge University & joined Ricardo PLC in 1995 as a Manager in Thermal Systems.

Nick is responsible for development of the technology, including growing our engineering team, working with our technology partners, and delivering the first multi-cylinder prototypes.

An experienced propulsion and power systems engineer with background in both ICEs and electrification, Nick recently oversaw the successful development of a uniquely efficient liquid nitrogen expander engine for use in power-and-cold applications; that engine is now entering the market in truck refrigeration.

Before that, his career embraced both consultancy and advanced technology development. At Ricardo he was Project Director in research and development, whereby he oversaw the company's first research into electrification and autonomous driving.

Joelle Timperley

Finance Director Dolphin N2

Joelle Timperley obtained a BA Hons in Business and Finance in 1998 and after leaving university embarked on a successful career in finance spanning a variety of industries . Continuing success and experience followed with roles at major corporates such as Granada PLC, Veolia PLC and General Atlantic Group, culminating in her most recent role as a Finance and Operations Director in the HVAC arena.

As the sole UK board member of a large multinational company, she was instrumental in the defining of strategic direction of the company, taking them into new markets and diversifying their portfolio. This was all achieved whilst also managing finance, engineering operations, IT and HR teams.

Joelle joined Dolphin N2 in late 2019 as Finance Director, becoming part of the senior leadership team. She is responsible for all aspects of the company's finances including developing a financial strategy to support the company's objectives.

Benjamin West

Operations Manager Dolphin N2

Benjamin West gained a BEng from Loughborough Engineering in 1996 & an MBA in International Business Strategy in 2007. Since leaving university, Benjamin has worked for some of the industry giants in engineering excellence including the role of Senior Development Engineer at Rolls Royce, Principal Development Engineer at MAN Diesel and turbo, Global Commercial manager at Sulzer Metco and Product Engineering Manager at Delphi Technologies.

A successful business man in his own right, Benjamin West brings a wealth of business expertise with a solid engineering background, to the Dolphin N2 team.

Benjamin has recruited, coached & managed effective international sales and technical teams. As a strong negotiator, Benjamin is also confident conducting business and technical discussions in French and German to build solid commercial relationships and key accounts.

Rhys Pickett

Chief Engineer Dolphin N2

Rhys Pickett studied at the University of Exeter & received a Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering in 2008. After leaving university, Rhys joined Ricardo PLC in 2008 & has undertaken a progressive series of roles, including: Project Engineer, Performance & Calibration, Project Engineer - Engine Performance Development, Senior Project Engineer - Ricardo Innovations & Senior Project Engineer - Disruptive Technologies, Ricardo Innovations.

Rhys joined the Dolphin N2 team with a keen understanding of the technologies for the split cycle CryoPower engine & has been instrumental in collaborating with The University of Brighton in the building & testing of the cryo rig.

Paolo Ortolani

Chief Design Engineer Dolphin N2

Paolo Ortolani studied Mechanical Engineering at Alma Mater Studiorum University in Bologna. He is a Licensed Engineer for the industrial sector and in 1998, after a freelance period, he joined a large Italian company in the R&D engine division where he gained further competences in powertrain design, analysis and simulation and project management.
Paolo was formerly Chief Engineer in Ricardo Engine Product Group, he also covered different roles such as: Project Leader, Technical Customer Interface, Coordinator of a dedicated team for projects, Technical Authority.
He has an extensive experience in heavy duty engine design spanning 21 years. Moreover, he has led a numbers of new design project from “clean sheet to production” for global application on HD/LD propulsion, high performance engine, motorcycle, including innovative solutions for CO2 reduction.
He is now leading the prototype design studies at Dolphin N2.

Fabrizio Treccarichi

Systems Simulation Engineer Dolphin N2

Fabrizio gained a First Class Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universita de Catania in 2015. Fabrizio is currently undertaking a Master of Science (MSc) in Racing Engine Design engineering at Oxford Brookes University.

Fabrizio joined Ricardo UK Ltd in September 2018 as the Systems Simulation Engineer for Dolphin N2.

Paul Metcalf

Consultant Project Engineer Dolphin N2

Paul received a 1st in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering (MEng) from the University of Liverpool in 2007. He then went on to complete a Master of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering (MPhil) in 2012.

Paul joined Energetix Group Plc as a Graduate Development Engineer in 2007, advancing to Development Engineer in 2009. He then went on to join Flow Group Plc as Lead Development Engineer in 2010 & subsequently Development Engineering Manager in 2012.

Paul moved to Dearman in 2014 as Head of Applications, where he developed commercial applications in automotive markets for the Dearman Engine, a novel zero-emission engine that delivers cost and performance benefits for users requiring cooling and power.

In January 2018, Paul founded Cloudforest Technologies, a tech start-up developing software tools and solutions to boost enterprise efficiency, productivity and decision-making using cloud and big-data technologies.

Paul has a wealth of specific industry knowledge & expertise and is supporting the Dolphin N2 team with Project Engineering and consultancy services.

Helena Parrott

Executive VA & Business support Dolphin N2

Helena Parrott, VA/Director of Virtually Smart Ltd brings a wealth of business management skills & processes to the Dolphin N2 team. With over 20 years executive support experience, Helena has a track record of supporting senior leaders & providing operational support to ensure efficient delivery of business activities within a range of sectors including engineering, technical consultancies, local government and finance.

Helena Parrott's business acumen & expertise in analysing & improving businesses & business processes, allows her to support the Dolphin N2, whilst also making recommendations for streamlining work flow & supporting process re-engineering to improve operational efficiency.

Helena joined Ricardo PLC in 2016 supporting the MD & leadership team with operational business support & business & strategic planning. Helena joined the Dolphin N2 team as a VA & has been supporting the team with their day to day business operations, administrative expertise & executive support solutions.

Katy-Jane Mason

Social Media & Content Manager Dolphin N2

Katy studied BA English with Art at The University of Chichester & gained her PGCE Secondary in English in 2010. Having worked in a variety of roles after graduating in 1995, Katy-Jane came to English Secondary teaching in 2009/10.

After just over 8 years teaching English in secondary schools, Katy-Jane moved away from the classroom & found herself working with her partner in their business & supporting Helena Parrott VA/Director of Virtually Smart Ltd.

Having always been a keen writer & with an excellent grasp of language & grammar; Katy-Jane now supports companies, including Dolphin N2, with their media dissemination, blogging, content & business support needs.

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a real change to emissions from transport?  Do you enjoy working in a team and developing new solutions?  The Dolphin N2 team is growing and two of our current open positions are here.  Click on each icon to discover more. If you are interested then please forward an e-mail with your CV and a covering letter to careers@dolphin-n2.com

Project Director

Open position

Title: Project Director
Reporting to: CEO
Status: Permanent
Salary: Competitive

Dolphin N2:
Dolphin N2 is a newly-funded start-up developing an innovative Recuperated Split Cycle engine for heavy duty transport and power. Using IP from Ricardo Innovations, the ThermoPower and CryoPower engines are capable of very low air quality emissions and unprecedented fuel efficiency; with sustainable fuels, this technology provides a permanent solution for sectors that find electrification most challenging, while offering rapid pay-back and cost savings to the operator. Now funded by a leading OEM and venture capital, the company is seeking to accelerate its activities.

Requirement:
Dolphin N2 must now deliver a fast-paced program of prototype development and application, supported by two collaborative grant projects, one running and one commencing in 2020. A small dedicated in-house expert team has been in place since 2017, and this will be expanded, but the most efficient means to deliver rapid acceleration is to outsource work to the engineering services company Ricardo. Working alongside the Technical Director, your focus will be the delivery of this major outsourced project and future growth of the business’ commercial ventures and delivery capability.

Responsibilities:
• Ultimate responsibility for delivery of the outsourced technical program
• Management of progress reporting, financial monitoring, program governance
• Management of other suppliers and programme partners as appropriate
• Work closely with DN2 Technical Director and Chief Engineers to actively manage programme risk and forward planning of resource
• Work closely with the DN2 CEO and finance team on construction of future business, joint ventures, contracts etc., as required

The person:
• Hands-on and experienced project director, who demonstrates a successful track record in ultimate responsibility for technically and operationally complex multi-partner multi-site engineering development programmes
• Fluent in engine and engine systems technology and engineering
• Has SME and / or start up experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business
• Financially, commercially and legally astute, with experience of contract management, joint ventures etc

Senior Controls Engineer

Open position

Title: Senior Controls Engineer
Reporting to: Technical Director
Status: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sussex coast

Dolphin N2:
Dolphin N2 is a start-up company now wholly owned by FPT Industrial, a brand of CNH Industrial, dedicated to the design, production and sale of powertrains for on and offroad vehicles, marine and power generation applications. Using IP acquired from Ricardo, Dolphin N2 are developing an innovative Recuperated Split Cycle engine for heavy duty transport and power. The ThermoPower and CryoPower engines are capable of very low emission of pollutants that affect air quality and unprecedented fuel efficiency; with sustainable fuels, this technology provides a permanent solution for sectors that find electrification most challenging, while offering rapid pay-back and cost savings to the operator. Now fully funded, the company has accelerated its activities.
Requirement:
A small dedicated in-house technical expert team has been in place since 2017, developing know-how and IP in unique aspects of the engine. To date the focus has been on thermodynamic and mechanical aspects, but with the company’s first integrated prototype now being designed, it is recognised that this philosophy must be extended to cover control, sensors and actuators. Dolphin N2 must now deliver a fast-paced program of prototype development and application, and this will be achieved by a mix of in-house teams and outsourcing to specialist engineering suppliers. The role will lead Control aspects of both.
Responsibilities:
• Technical responsibility for control, sensors and actuators
• Application of off-the-shelf supplier solutions and, where required, developing novel approaches in-house or with suppliers
• Specification of requirements, controller architectures and delivery program
• Building supplier relationships and, when appropriate, an in-house team
• Selection of hardware platform and toolset; delivery of a calibrated control system
• Reporting of technical progress and risk
• Day to day management of suppliers and programme partners as appropriate
• Supporting the Technical Director and Chief Engineers to actively manage programme risk and forward planning of work and resource
The person:
• Hands-on and experienced controls and electronics engineer, who demonstrates a successful track record in delivery of challenging engine control solutions
• Fluent in engine and engine systems technology and engineering
• Familiar with ECU, sensor and actuator hardware and supply chain
• Has SME and / or start up experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business

Development Engineer

Open position

Title: Development Engineer
Reporting to: Chief Engineer
Status: Full time
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sussex coast
Dolphin N2:
Dolphin N2 is a start-up company now wholly owned by FPT Industrial, a brand of CNH Industrial, dedicated to the design, production and sale of powertrains for on and offroad vehicles, marine and power generation applications. Using IP acquired from Ricardo, Dolphin N2 are developing an innovative Recuperated Split Cycle engine for heavy duty transport and power. The ThermoPower and CryoPower engines are capable of very low emission of pollutants that affect air quality and unprecedented fuel efficiency; with sustainable fuels, this technology provides a permanent solution for sectors that find electrification most challenging, while offering rapid pay-back and cost savings to the operator. Now fully funded, the company has accelerated its activities.
Requirement:
A small dedicated in-house technical expert team has been in place since 2017, developing know-how and IP in unique aspects of the engine. These aspects include the performance, efficiency and durability of the engine, as observed from rigs, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder prototypes. Dolphin N2 must now deliver a fast-paced program of prototype development and application, and this will be achieved via a mix of in-house teams and outsourcing to specialist engineering suppliers. This position will support the Chief Engineer, Development, with the next phase of prototype testing onsite and at two universities.
Responsibilities:
• Technical responsibility for test projects using rigs, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder engines
• Co-ordination of hardware builds, test schedules, fault rectification and delivery of test results, often to demanding time schedules
• Analysis of test results, development of conclusions and recommendations for development towards technical targets
• Supporting engineering partners and academic institutions in delivering test programs
• Reporting of technical progress and risk
• Day to day management of suppliers and programme partners as appropriate
• Supporting the Technical Director and Chief Engineers to actively manage programme risk and forward planning of work and resource
The person:
• Engineering graduate with experience of internal combustion engine testing and development
• Fluent in thermodynamics, engine and engine systems technology and engineering
• Experience of using 1D & 3D CFD simulation for steering hardware & performance development is an advantage, but not essential
• Has SME and / or start up experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business

Thermofluids Systems Engineer

Open position

Title: Project Engineer, Thermofluid Systems
Reporting to: Chief Engineer
Status: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sussex coast
Dolphin N2:
Dolphin N2 is a start-up company now wholly owned by FPT Industrial, a brand of CNH Industrial, dedicated to the design, production and sale of powertrains for on and offroad vehicles, marine and power generation applications. Using IP acquired from Ricardo, Dolphin N2 are developing an innovative Recuperated Split Cycle engine for heavy duty transport and power. The ThermoPower and CryoPower engines are capable of very low emission of pollutants that affect air quality and unprecedented fuel efficiency; with sustainable fuels, this technology provides a permanent solution for sectors that find electrification most challenging, while offering rapid pay-back and cost savings to the operator. Now fully funded, the company has accelerated its activities.
Requirement:
A small dedicated in-house technical expert team has been in place since 2017, developing know-how and IP in unique aspects of the engine. These aspects include Thermofluid Systems such as the turbocharger, recuperator system and intensive thermal insulation of the combustion chamber and high temperature ducts, which are critical to efficient engine function; plus cooling and engine temperature control. Dolphin N2 must now deliver a fast-paced program of prototype development and application, and this will be achieved by a mix of in-house teams and outsourcing to specialist engineering suppliers. Replacing a contractor role, the position will lead Thermofluid Systems aspects of both.
Responsibilities:
• Technical responsibility for recuperation, turbocharging, thermal insulation, cooling, component temperature control systems
• Application of off-the-shelf supplier solutions and, where required, developing novel approaches in-house or with suppliers
• Specification of requirements, architectures and delivery program
• Building supplier relationships and, when appropriate, an in-house team
• Selection of components and approaches, delivery of validated solutions
• Reporting of technical progress and risk
• Day to day management of suppliers and programme partners as appropriate
• Supporting the Technical Director and Chief Engineers to actively manage programme risk and forward planning of work and resource
The person:
• Hands-on and experienced (3yrs+) in Thermofluid Systems, demonstrating a successful track record in delivery of challenging and unusual solutions
• Fluent in engine and engine systems technology and engineering
• Has SME and / or start up experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business