Rishi Sunak’s March 2021 UK Budget announced a Net Zero Innovation Portfolio of finance totalling £1bn.
With funding being allocated on a competitive basis to sectors including long-duration energy storage, floating offshore wind, biomass & regenerative agriculture; The Green Revolution, is getting some much needed focus in our Post Covid recovery.
Sunak confirmed that the National Infrastructure Bank will be supported by £12bn of initial capital from Treasury funds & a further £10bn in Government guarantees. With this level of support, he said, at least £40bn of private finance could be unlocked. (1)
With the new ‘Green Revolution’ funding & our Net Zero roadmap being laid out before us; it is a positive sign that Dolphin N2 are welcoming more team members to enhance their knowledge base & enable them to forge ahead with their “game-changing” CryoPower technology.
With this in mind, we would like to introduce some new members of the Dolphin N2 team & how their individual specialisms will enhance & strengthen the Dolphin N2 CryoPower split-cycle recuperated engine technology development.
Parvez Akhtar – ENGINEERING DIRECTOR DOLPHIN N2
Parvez holds a first degree in Mechanical Engineering & a Masters in Computational & Experimental Fluids engineering. His twenty-five-year involvement with engines started at UMIST where he carried out his research into diesel spray characterisation & tailoring for optimum combustion. He has since gained extensive powertrain design, simulation, test, & validation experience in roles at Ford, JLR & Caterpillar.
His industrial career started at Perkins Engines where he worked in the research team looking at demonstrating off highway stage IV emissions from a 4L engine. In 1999 he moved to Ford, working in various roles from research through to program management, spending time in Dearborn, Aachen & Cologne supporting engine development & powertrain integration activity.
After 13 years at Ford, he joined JLR on Ingenium programme providing key technical leadership & direction on functional performance & system development. After the launch of Ingenium engine into production, Parvez took up a role with Tata looking after the offshore engineering centre in Pune. On return from India he worked on reducing JLR’s multi million pound global test facility procurement spend.
Parvez joined Dolphin-N2 in January 2021 to lead the engineering activity where he hopes to use his extensive knowledge & experience of engines to take the split-cycle technology being developed by Dolphin N2 into production & thereby contribute towards low carbon & zero emissions mobility.
Andrew Rodham – CHIEF ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Andrew studied mechanical engineering at the University of Bradford, graduating in 1986. He then joined Paxman Diesels as a designer & applications engineer. In that role he designed & oversaw the commissioning of several marine & rail traction engine installations.
Moving to the Paxman Design Office, Andrew was one of the small team which designed the Paxman VP185 engine, an advanced high speed diesel engine which is still in production almost 30 years later!
Andrew moved to Perkins engines as a mechanical development engineer. He remained with Perkins & its parent company Caterpillar for almost 20 years, working in all areas of engine testing & development & in various technical management positions.
Before leaving Caterpillar, Andrew had spent 2 years in China working to set up a remanufacturing factory, had led the development of the Perkins 400C product range & led the team developing Perkins’s & Caterpillar’s first exhaust aftertreatment products.
Leaving Caterpillar in 2012, Andrew worked as Chief Programmes Engineer for Productiv, a technology developer incubator; Chief Engineer – Product Development at Dearman – a company developing an innovative liquid nitrogen powered engine & subsequently as a Technical Business Manager at Ricardo, a well-known automotive consultancy.
Andrew also set up WCL Engineering in 2015, an engineering consultancy specialising in technology & product development.
Andrew joined Dolphin N2 in 2020 as a consultant engineer, supporting the productionising of this innovative technology.
Mark Potts – DESIGN ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Mark graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994. He started his career as a graduate at Ricardo as part of the Design Analysis & Design departments, where he was involved with a wide variety of engine design & analysis activities from concept through to production.
Since leaving Ricardo in 2001, Mark has held a variety of Powertrain Design & System Engineering roles as Principal Engineer at Mahle Powertrain, McLaren Automotive, Emerald Automotive & Integral Powertrain.
While primarily experienced in internal combustion engine design, his recent roles have included design of hybrid & high performance All-Electric Powertrains for road car and Motorsport applications.
Mark joined Dolphin N2 as a Design Engineer in November 2020 providing design support for the existing technology demonstrators, as well as looking forward to the future production engine.
Gilbert Sammut – SIMULATION ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Gilbert Sammut has 23 years automotive experience & prior to joining the Dolphin N2 team he worked for one supplier & three OEMs, 16 years of which in CAE Thermofluids.
After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Malta, he became a product designer at an automotive supplier. Later Gilbert moved to Michigan, USA as a customer liaison & local engineering support at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.
Gilbert subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Automotive Engineering at Oakland University , followed by joining General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan to work on the Gen V Small Block V8 as a CAE 1D Engine Performance Prediction Simulation Analyst.
Moving back to Europe, Gilbert joined DAF trucks in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, transitioning from passenger car petrol engines to heavy duty diesel truck engines as a Thermofluids Analyst in base engine / advanced engineering group .
Having moved to the UK, Gilbert worked as a Thermofluids CAE analyst at Jaguar Land Rover in Whitley. This last position was in engine performance prediction focusing more on in-cylinder phenomena & combustion of passenger car diesel engines, later providing Real Time running engine models for engine calibration.
Guy Rogers – SYSTEMS ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Guy studied Mechanical & Production Engineering whilst employed developing & commissioning hydraulic systems specific to subsea well-head control as well as civilian and military avionics.
The general demise of the North Sea oil business saw Guy transition his skills to automotive engineering & a move to Ricardo. This has provided Guy with more than 30 years practical experience in the automotive & wider engines technology industry covering a wide range of applications from small scooter engines through F1, truck & heavy duty to large powergen & locomotive applications.
More recently Guy has held Principal engineer roles leading multi-disciplined Systems & Design engineering teams providing new technology development from clean sheet design through to series production.
In this new era of alternative propulsion technologies & climate consciousness, Guy is excited with the innovation & challenges which Dolphin N2 is bringing to this arena & the solutions they will deliver.
Daniel Robb – SYSTEMS ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Daniel Robb graduated from Coventry University with First Class in Automotive Engineering in 2013.
After completing a successful initial industrial year as part of the degree programme, he continued working in a professional capacity within the Mechanical Development function at Cummins Inc. Daventry. His role within Cummins expanded when he moved into a Mechanical Integration role, responsible for the integrity of mechanical system development at the engine programme level.
Having gained a solid foundation in the practice of engineering from 5+ years at Cummins, he moved back into a hands-on role at Mahle Powertrain, characterising and assessing mechanical system behaviour and performance.
Callum Oglieve – SIMULATION ENGINEER DOLPHIN N2
Callum graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2017.
After graduating, Callum went on to work for Ricardo as a Graduate Engineer gaining experience in; NVH testing, Engine Performance Simulation (0-D simulation), Engine Finite Element Analysis & Engine Performance Development, where he gained experience in a broad range of engines and industries.
Callum then went on to become an Analysis Engineer where he used Finite Element Analysis & CFD techniques to assess & improve engine designs in terms of structural, thermal & NVH performance.
Callum joined Dolphin N2 in January 2021 as a Simulation Engineer.
Written & collated by Katy Mason for & on behalf of Dolphin N2