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Ricardo acquires technical center to develop, test engine parts in California

ABR Staff Writer Published 21 January 2014

Ricardo, a multi-industry consultancy, has acquired a technical center in Santa Clara, California, expanding its which includes development and testing capabilities for aftertreatment systems used in engines.

Located in 20,000ft² area, this new center further expands the company's development and testing capabilities for aftertreatment systems, gasoline, diesel, dual-fuel and natural gas powered engines, and fuel cells.

Test facilities at the new plant include accelerated catalyst hydro-aging test equipment, a synthetic gas reactor lab for rapid evaluation and modeling of aftertreatment components and systems under both steady-state and transient conditions, and fuel cell testing capabilities for solid oxide and proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

The combined aftertreatment and combustion expertise at the new plant will enable the company to address the demand to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

Ricardo president Tom Apostolos said that the new Ricardo Santa Clara Technical Center expands their ability to serve their clients with aftertreatment engineering and testing capability, and fuel cell technology.

"In addition, we will leverage the location to expand our rapidly growing clean energy and connected and autonomous vehicle technology portfolio," Apostolos added.