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The Dolphin N2 team has transformed throughout 2020 & welcomed some new faces along the way. Part 2

By December 10, 2020 No Comments

2020 will be remembered as being the most challenging year of our lifetimes. However, the challenges our environment faces have remained the same, pandemic or no.

The need to strive for better air quality is at the heart of the Dolphin N2 CryoPower recuperated split cycle engine. Equally so, the need to keep freight, haulage & heavy duty trucks on the road, with engines which can sustainably manoeuvre their cargo; is of paramount importance to global economies.

Ensuring that products & services are delivered to cities & remote locations alike, relies on the heavy duty sector being able to function. Historical diesel engines having been identified as part of the great air pollutants of the previous century, are now being re-designed to make way for zero emissions heavy duty with technologies such as Hydrogen, CNG, CryoPower & in some cases, electrification.

To ensure the Dolphin N2 CryoPower recuperated split cycle engine continues to develop, to become the game changing technology it is recognized as, needs a great team behind it.

This year, some new faces have joined the Dolphin N2 team, to strengthen it from within & help bring the CryoPower engine to market.

James McCartney – Test & Development Engineer

James McCartney graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2000. He joined Ricardo on their graduate scheme and over the following 12 years worked on a wide variety of projects including technology demonstrators, aftertreatment control software development and engine calibration for production applications.

In 2013 James joined Jaguar Land Rover where he led a team of engineers responsible for emissions, noise and fuel consumption on the new Ingenium 4-cylinder engine. His role included day-to-day management of his team, hands on calibration in test cells and support to climatic development trips. When the engine entered production in 2015, he returned to Ricardo as a Chief Engineer in Engine Performance Development.

During this period he led a variety of projects and managed Ricardo’s vehicle and engine benchmarking activities. 2017 saw a return to Jaguar Land Rover to develop the next generation Ingenium engine for the 2021 model year vehicles and Eu6d final emissions.

James joined the Dolphin N2 team in October 2020 and he is looking forward to taking the Dolphin N2 engine through to production.

Christian Rota – Development Engineer

Christian was awarded an EngD from the University of Brighton, in partnership with Ricardo UK, in early 2020.

During his research career he developed a deep and clear understanding of the physics which govern the ICEs combustion and fluid dynamics. He was involved in a broad range of challenging research projects ranging from diesel low temperature combustion and co-combustion with hydrogen to liquid air energy storage applications.

Christian is familiar with different virtual tools, from 0-D to 3-D CFD and he recently developed a virtual process that reduces uncertainties in the early stage of engine development.

Christian joined Dolphin N2 as a Development Engineer in August 2020.

Alex Hall – Design Engineer

Alex graduated from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David with a First Class BEng in Motorsport Engineering and Design.

After completing a student placement at Triumph Motorcycles, Alex completed his dissertation in multi-zone combustion modelling with NOx emissions prediction in partnership with Triumph.

He returned as a graduate and over 7 years developed a broad understanding of internal combustion engine design, simulation and test and development.

In October 2020, Alex joined the Dolphin N2 team as Design Engineer and is looking forward to developing the engine through to production.

Scott Parsons – Project Manager

Scott graduated from the University of the West of England in 2015 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Business Management with Tourism.

Scott has since completed placements as a Lead Project Coordinator aigo FIND Limited, Project Manager at Johnson Mathey Battery Systems, Project Manager at Cummins Inc & joined Dolphin N2 as Project Manager in October 2020.

Chris Bashford – Procurement Specialist

Following nine years in Procurement and supply chain roles, Chris is proud to have joined the Dolphin-N2 team in October 2020, looking forward to developing and modelling the Dolphin N2 supply chain of the future.

Chris has worked in great supply chains, 16 years in various roles with Bowers & Wilkins, Worthing’s innovative loudspeaker manufacturer, was a great experience during a time where the supply chain became increasingly integrated; Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, owned by BMW whom are Gartner’s top automotive supply chain in 2020 and the lean-agile supply chain of Fortive, along the coast in Brighton.

Chris is about to complete the internationally recognised qualification, which represents the global standard for Supply Chain Professionals, becoming a full member of the “Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply”, and MCIPS qualified.

Colin Bennett

Colin gained a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey in 1989, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Sussex in 2014.

Joining Ricardo as a graduate he specialised in control of Noise, Vibration and Harshness, becoming Global Technical Specialist for NVH with a broad experience of internal combustion engine design, development and simulation spanning 2-stroke two wheelers to stationary power generation machinery. He maintains a strong interest in mechanical and fluid dynamics.

More recently Colin has held Technical Lead and Chief Engineer roles with a number of automotive and clean energy companies, ranging from Formula 1 powertrain, through solid oxide and PEM fuel cells to zero emissions transport refrigeration – all involving novel technologies, challenging timescales and start-up business environments. He particularly relishes the journey from Technology Readiness Level 2/3 towards 6/7, steering a concept through to proven prototype.

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