About Us

Dolphin N2
  • Spin-off & team formed to start operation and finalize funding

  • Ricardo provides seed investment, developed technology, protected IP, and infrastructure.

  • Ricardo has developed CryoPower to accelerate the electrification of transport

  • Reduces fuel consumption, CO2 and emissions of large engines by 30%

  • Displaces conventional fuel with renewable energy stored as liquefied air

  • Delivers unique environmental, commercial and infrastructure benefits

  • Ready for full product development and industrialization

  • UK Government funding granted for this round
  • UK technology and manufacturing consortium established

Ricardo PLC has been at the forefront of combustion engine development for over 100 years and has accumulated a number of novel concepts for future powertrain development. One such concept is the split cycle engine.

The split cycle engine has the potential to reduce fossil fuel use by up to 30% whilst simultaneously reducing air polutants to below any future planned legislation.

The concept is covered by 6 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.

The name Dolphin is take from the first engine developed and produced by Sir Harry Ricardo, the popularity of which laid the foundations of Ricardo PLC.

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.

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.

Paolo Ortolani

Chief Design Engineer Dolphin N2

Paolo was formerly Chief engineer in Ricardo Engine Product Group and has extensive experience in heavy duty engine design spanning 21 years. He has led a number of new design projects from “clean sheet to production” for global applications of HD/LD propulsion, high performance engines, motorcycles, including innovative solutions for CO2 reduction. He is now leading the prototype design studies at Dolphin N2

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.

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

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 joins the Dolphin N2 team with a wealth of specific industry knowledge & expertise in the role of Project Engineer.

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.