Graeme MacLean

Graeme MacLean

Graeme MacLean

Hydrogen Incubator Leader

Graeme has over 20 years of experience developing solutions for the transport sector, now focussing on technologies and strategies for decarbonisation, especially hydrogen.

Graeme began his career in the noise and vibration team of Ricardo Automotive and Industrial. While this is a highly specialised topic, it touches many areas, leading him to developing a wide range of expertise, working on projects across the globe.

A selection of projects for Ricardo Automotive includes:

  • Led a project for a European ship engine manufacturer to identify the causes of failure on the main propulsion engine for military vessels. This project used a combination of simulation, fine instrumentation and testing of instrumented engines. Permanent corrective actions were identified to prevent failure in future engines and interim containment actions developed to reduce the risk of failure of engines in service
  • Developed the noise and vibration test procedure for the first electric powertrain to be tested by Ricardo. This procedure included teardown, reverse engineering and simulation of the motor and drive signals. Presented the proposal to leading automotive manufacturers, some of whom implemented the procedures for their own testing. Successfully performed the first tests for the consortium on the Tesla Model 3 powertrain
  • Was responsible for development of the engine noise and vibration for a high-profile supercar engine. This included persuading the customer’s senior engineers to significantly change some fundamental aspects of the engine to achieve acceptable noise levels and allow headroom for tuning sound quality

Graeme undertook training with the European Energy Centre’s Renewable Energy Institute prior to joining Ricardo Energy and Environment, within the Strategic Growth and Development team. In this role, he has focussed on development of new offerings in the areas of lifecycle assessment, transport decarbonisation and hydrogen and associated e-fuels.

A selection of projects for Ricardo Energy and Environment includes:

  • Technically responsible for a project for the International Maritime Organisation reviewing methodologies for quantifying well-to-wake emissions for current fossil and future hydrogen-based maritime fuels, including ammonia, synthetic methane and biofuel
  • Technical leadership of a Department for Transport project to develop a model to link maritime decarbonisation with renewable hydrogen generation potential for the Shetland islands
  • Responsible for a number of lifecycle assessment projects for transport customers, including the effect of different fuels and circular economy aspects
  • Development of multi-criteria analysis to determine the most suitable future marine fuel for a variety of vessel types in newly industrialised countries for an international NGO

Graeme is a Chartered Engineer at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.