Ricardo and Technology Management Inc. Collaborate on APU Project

June 28, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Technology Management Inc. (TMI) is collaborating with Ricardo to develop an integrated multi-fuel auxiliary power unit (APU). The APU could be used to power onboard electrical devices as an alternative to idling large diesel engines. These systems could be in mass production in the next five to 10 years.

"To support their efforts, TMI and Ricardo have rated with the truck platform," said Dr. Marc Wiseman, global product group director, Advanced Propulsion Systems for Ricardo. "Combined with Ricardo's ability and experience in vehicle power systems, we are well-positioned to take the next step – development of a three-kilowatt APU ready to deploy on a truck operating on standard diesel fuel."

According to Wiseman, TMI has already demonstrated the capability in the laboratory to operate multiple complete systems producing up to 3kW of power. He also said that solid oxide fuel cells could prove to be cost-effective sources of electrical power generation, especially for trucks and military vehicles.

"The strategic relationship we have with Ricardo adds the specialized industry knowledge and expertise to engineer our fuel cell systems into a durable package suitable for the rugged environment of the heavy-duty truck market," said Benson P. Lee, president of TMI.