Ricardo Receives Approval for Innovative Hydrogen Solution


  • Ricardo, a global engineering and environmental consulting company, has achieved Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for its groundbreaking multi-megawatt containerized fuel cell power plant solution. 
  • This achievement, part of the Sustainable Hydrogen Powered Shipping (sHYpS) project, positions Ricardo to support decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry.
  • The AiP from Lloyd’s Register signifies that the technology meets regulatory requirements.

Technology Overview

Ricardo’s innovative hydrogen fuel cell power plant system is designed to address the decarbonization challenges faced by the shipping industry. The system includes a ~500kW gross, 375kW net power fuel cell module (RFC500), and a 40-foot containerized multi-megawatt power plant that combines the outputs of several fuel cell modules. It can be utilized as a solution to support future decarbonization efforts across the maritime sector.

Testing and Development

Ricardo is now in the process of testing the RFC500 module and assembling its marine containerization system at its Shoreham Technical Centre in the UK. This state-of-the-art facility underscores Ricardo’s commitment to advancing hydrogen capabilities.

Industry Impact

Jason Oms O’Donnell, Managing Director of Automotive & Industrial at Ricardo, highlighted the significance of this achievement in supporting customers within the maritime industry with the technology needed to achieve their decarbonization goals. The AiP provides a roadmap for full regulatory compliance and signals confidence in the technology’s future certification or classification.

Hydrogen Capabilities

Ricardo’s investment in hydrogen technology extends beyond the maritime sector, with a focus on supporting sustainable mobility in maritime, aerospace, and off-highway industries. The company’s expanded hydrogen testing capabilities demonstrate its commitment to supporting clients in their decarbonization journey.


Ricardo’s Approval in Principle for its innovative hydrogen fuel cell power plant system represents a significant step forward in supporting decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry. By leveraging its expertise in hydrogen technology, Ricardo is poised to play a crucial role in shaping a more sustainable future for the maritime sector.

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Source: Ricardo Group


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