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Dolphin N2 review of 2022. FPC, LCV, Hydrate, HydroMAR-E, HIL, APC & beyond. It’s been an eventful year for Dolphin N2. Part 2.

By December 21, 2022 No Comments

In the second part of our review of 2022, we take a look at another key industry event, more competition funding, how Dolphin N2 increase their H2 presence & how the Dolphin N2 team have been able to gather together in person for the first time since 2019.

September 2022

Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2022

One of the buzz words for the entire event was how hydrogen could become a serious contender in the decarbonization of the transport sector. It was therefore refreshing to see representation from several truck & heavy-duty companies highlighting the benefits of hydrogen for the heavy-duty & off-highway sectors.

It was fitting that this year the Dolphin N2 ThermoPower® Recuperated Split Cycle Engine demonstrator created such interest amongst attendees.

Some visitors to the stand were intrigued as to why what looks like a diesel engine on the outside was being showcased at a low carbon vehicle event & others knowing more about the thermopower® technology already; wanted to make connections & discuss more about the way the technology can support the decarbonization of the heavy-duty & off-highway sector.

The level of interest in how the recuperated split cycle engine technology is now not only hydrogen ready but can also run on other eFuels such as methane; were subjects of great interest to many attendees & by the time it was midday on Thursday 8th September, there was a tangible shift in attitude toward the inherent challenges the decarbonization of the heavy-duty, off-highway & marine sectors.

Other companies highlighting the need for flexibility in the heavy-duty/off-highway sectors were Ballards with their Hydrogen Fuel Cell refuse truck, CMB.Tech with their heavy-duty hydrogen fueled cab & Genset, ELECTRA & their hydrogen fuel-cell powered truck & TEVVA fuel cell technologies.

All of these vehicles were a welcome sight at LCV as the heavy-duty sector is still more challenging to decarbonize than passenger & light vehicle & therefore highlighting the needs of this sector at such an event as LCV reaches the right influencers in the low carbon vehicle space.

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October 2022

Dolphin N2 in collaboration with Brighton University & Hiflux, & supported by BMT, are winners of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2

HydroMAR-E is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2 (CMDC2) which was launched in May 2022, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

As part of the CMDC2, the Department allocated over £14m to 31 projects supported by 121 organisations from across the UK to deliver feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects in clean maritime solutions.

The CMDC2 is part of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emission’s (UK SHORE) flagship multi-year CMDC programme.

HydroMAR-E will develop a mono-fuel Hydrogen version of the Recuperated Split Cycle Engine.

HydroMAR-E will use a laboratory single cylinder engine, which has already demonstrated starting and running, to develop this spark-guided system to TRL4, then a multi-cylinder prototype to demonstrate TRL5 in readiness for future application demonstration in marine (and other) environments. Supporting work will develop an improved recuperator system, and review marinization, installation, vessel systems and regulatory aspects.

The project brings together the technology developer Dolphin N2 (Part of the Iveco Group, a global supplier of marine engines in the 100-600kW range), Brighton University (the UK APC’s Thermal Propulsion Efficiency spoke), leading marine architects BMT, and recuperator technology developer Hiflux.

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November 2022

Hydrogen2 Industry Leaders Scotland Conference (HIL) highlights Governmental interest in H2 production & distribution.

The HIL (Hydrogen2 Industry Leaders) Scotland Conference held in Glasgow this past Tuesday (22.11.2022), saw over 300 delegates from 180 organisations gather together for the HIL inaugural event.

Simon Brewster – CEO, Dolphin N2 & Daniel Robb – System Engineer, Dolphin N2 were among the attendees at the event.

This one-day conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders responsible for delivering Scotland’s hydrogen objectives to discuss practical ways in which they can produce and distribute hydrogen successfully. (1)

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Dolphin N2 Team Day event at the Advanced Propulsion Centre ‘National Propulsion Showcase’

following two years of rapid growth but Covid having kept the team from physically gathering & at a pivotal point in their continued journey; it was decided to bring the entire Dolphin N2 team together for a strategic update day on 15th November 22.

The event was planned to not only bring the team together for an internal update, but to allow outside speakers to address the team about the changes in the heavy-duty transport sector & how Hydrogen is impacting this. Therefore, the setting had to reflect the relevant sector & the ethos Dolphin N2 represent.

With this in mind it was decided to approach the Advanced Propulsion Centre based at the University of Warwick to request the use of their new exhibition space, the National Propulsion Showcase.

Having most of the Dolphin N2 team physically together as a collective allowed for open discussion & debate, something which does not necessarily translate in a teams meeting. With members of the Dolphin N2 team being based partly at the Millbrook site at UTAC, at offices in Shoreham & some members of the team working remotely; the opportunities afforded by having the team together in such an inspirational space were obvious.

The National Propulsion Showcase was the perfect setting for what turned out to be an enormously successful gathering of engineers, team leaders, SLT, programmers, engine builders, systems operators, academics & industry specialists.

With invaluable contributions from outside speakers from Advanced Powertrain Technologies Ltd, The University of Warwick, Costain Construction, Enertek International & the Advanced Propulsion Centre; the level of input & engagement for all attendees was informative & helped gain a greater understanding about the zero emissions journey the UK transport system is currently on & what part the Dolphin N2 ‘game-changing’ zero emissions engine development has to play in this incredible journey.

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December 2022

Dolphin N2 Christmas Party 2022

The Dolphin N2 team have had an incredibly busy year & it was therefore fitting for us to be able to let our hair down for a few hours last week (08.12.2022), gather together & share some festive cheer.

Read Part 1 of the Dolphin N2 review here

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