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Dolphin N2 positive reflections of 2019 & how the team have adapted to 2020’s challenges

By June 23, 2020 No Comments

At the start of 2020 the Dolphin N2 team were all moving into a new chapter.

Having spun out from Ricardo Plc & been 100% acquired by CNH Industrial; the Dolphin N2 team began 2020 with a fresh vision of the future of their game changing technology & the positive environmental impact this can have in global markets.

Let us remind ourselves of just how far the Dolphin N2 team have come, by taking a step back in to 2019 & remembering some of the highlights of their year.

January 2019

In January 2019 Dolphin N2 attended a “United Kingdom startup and venture capital” seminar at the British Embassy, Tokyo. Dolphin N2, with the help & assistance of the Department of International Trade, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The British Embassy & Shige Kasahara of Ricardo Plc. Dolphin N2 were given an opportunity to present to venture capital investors, with a view to creating international trade opportunities for the Dolphin N2 CryoPower engine technology.

Having attended the GIA 4th Task Force on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at the IMO Headquarters in London, Simon Brewster – CEO Dolphin N2 & a GIA signatory; was party to the discussion of how the GIA can support the IMO in the development of measures that can increase the uptake of low carbon fuels.‘(1)

The 15 members of the GIA which represent leading shipowners/operators, classification societies, engine/technology builders & suppliers, data providers, oil companies & ports, are seeking ways to implement the GloMEEP strategies. The 4th Task force meeting focused on the adoption of low carbon fuels in the shipping sectors. ‘The meeting agreed, as a next step, to hold a GIA roundtable early 2019 to discuss how early movers could be incentivised to invest in alternative fuels. ‘(2) 28.01.19

April 2019

Dolphin N2 were in the media spotlight in April with an interview feature on BBC South East

The Dolphin N2 split cycle CryoPower engine technology was featured on the BBC South East lunchtime & evening news on Friday 22nd March 19.

The focus for the BBC feature was emissions pollution & in particular the Co2 emissions & pollution given off by trucks & heavy haulage vehicles.

The BBC South East interview focused on the collaboration between Dolphin N2 & The University of Brighton & the technologies they are striving to bring to market to dramatically reduce the Co2 emissions from trucks & haulage vehicles.

The first segment of the BBC South East interview, featured Professor Robert Morgan – Professor of Thermal Propulsion Systems at The University of Brighton. Professor Morgan has over the past 10 years alongside Ricardo Plc & partners been developing the CryoPower engine, based on the split cycle diesel engine.

Professor Morgan was filmed alongside the Titan Cryogenic rig built collaboratively with The University of Brighton & Ricardo Plc. Professor Morgan was able to explore & explain the CryoPower technology & how this system can be a game changer in the global emissions battle.

Simon Brewster – CEO Dolphin N2, was also interviewed in the BBC South East feature on truck pollution & he was given an opportunity to explore how the CryoPower technology can be brought out of development & provide a practical, feasible & reliant alternative to traditional diesel engine technologies.

December 2019 – ATZ Live

Benjamin West – Programme & Operations Manager for Dolphin N2 attended & presented at ATZ Live in Frankfurt November 2019. The topic for last year’s event was ‘Heavy-Duty, On- and Off-highway Engines 2019: Co2 Limits.’

“There were presentations on a wide range of subjects at this year’s ATZ live (2019).  The industry is in a state of flux as manufactures determine which of the future technologies can really deliver the emissions reduction required to meet the targets in 2030 and 2050. Rolls Royce MTU presented Hybrid and battery technology for Power, Rail and Marine propulsion and we were treated to a tour of their Microgrid system that uses solar power and battery storage to supply some of the factory power.

The keynote speech from Dr Heinz Jurgen Buchner IKB Deutche Industrie bank set the focus on alternative fuels and this was revisited by a number of presenters.  The fuels themselves were not new- DME , OME , Natural gas, Hydrogen and Ammonia have all been used in the past, but there was a more detailed view of the ‘Well to wheel’ energy balance and a consideration of the utility of the fuel and the infrastructure requirements.

The recuperated split cycle was well received as possibly the only future technology that can offer a step emissions reduction in the timescale required for the 2030 targets. The versatility of the split cycle was also seen as a benefit at it could be adapted to use any of the future fuels with a simple calibration change.

There were also a number of interesting presentations on optimising the current Eu6 Technology through active system monitoring and friction reduction through optimised Liner honing. These technologies offered good short term options to improve engine efficiency.”  Benjamin West – Operations Manager, Dolphin N2

With a positive future laid out before the Dolphin N2 team, 2020 has posed some logistical challenges for the team in the face of the Covid19 crisis & lockdown. However, with their truly resilient nature at the core of the team & assistance from their business support network, Helena Parrott & Virtually Smart Ltd; the team have managed to adapt to working from home in various locations across the UK & keep the focus on developing their game changing CryoPower technologies.

Written by Katy-Jane Mason for & on behalf of Dolphin N2