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Ohio Dealers Renew Assault Against Tesla Motors Sales

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the car dealers are once again pushing legislation that would keep Tesla from selling cars in the Buckeye State. The legislative battle that pits Ohio car dealers against Tesla Motors and its company-owned stores continues.

Cleveland Schools replacing 49 diesel buses with propane

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Cleveland Schools, Ohio’s second largest school district, is replacing 49 12-to-13-year-old diesel buses with Blue Bird’s Propane Vision buses. The school district annually estimates about $50,000 in electrical costs for powering block heaters to start their diesel buses in cold weather. On average, autogas costs up to 50% less than diesel.

Ford Cleveland Engine Plant begins production of twin-scroll 2.0L and 2.3L EcoBoost engines

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Ford announced the official production start of the new twin-scroll 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines for North America at its Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio. Cleveland Engine Plant also builds the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel drive application. Ford produced more than 1.6 million units. With the new 2.0

Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant starts 3rd shift to meet demand for EcoBoost V6 engines

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Ford has added a third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines. The EcoBoost solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. Brief

Ford Begins Manufacture of EcoBoost Engines at Cleveland Plant

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Ford Motor Company is resuming production at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, which becomes the first manufacturing site to build Ford’s new fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Ford invested $55 million for tooling and equipment upgrades at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to build the EcoBoost engine. Cleveland Engine Plant No.

Study: more stringent O3 and PM2.5 air pollution standards could save thousands of lives, greatly improve public health

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Cleveland (Elyria), OH: 196 lives saved, 487 fewer morbidities and 231,859 fewer impacted days. Cromar et al. Click to enlarge. Resources.

NASA signs agreements with German, Canadian partners to study emissions from alternative jet fuels

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and the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. Brief

DOE to award up to $2M to 3 projects for hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain and manufacturing analysis

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Selections include the following three projects: Westside Industrial Retention & Expansion Network’s GLWN of Cleveland, Ohio, will receive $695,000 to complete detailed manufacturing analysis of fuel cell systems (automotive and stationary), high pressure hydrogen storage systems, and key high value hydrogen and fuel cell subsystems and components.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge. In 2013, Americans took 10.7

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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The ten light rail systems with the highest rates of growth were located in the following cities: Memphis, TN (45.7%); Salt Lake City, UT (34.1%); Seattle, WA – King County DOT (19.4%); Boston, MA (12.6%); Cleveland, OH (10.7%); Houston, TX (10.3%); Seattle, WA – Sound Transit (10.3%); Los Angeles, CA (9.9%); Sacramento, CA (8.5%); and St.

Ford push to meet EcoBoost demand

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Just take a look at its Cleveland engine plant. Ever wondered just how popular Ford’s EcoBoost technology is? The company has added a third shift at the plant in an effort to meet demand for the EcoBoost 3.5litre engine and the 3.7litre V6 engines. EcoBoost technology (logo, pictured) has proven hugely popular with customers – [.].

Ford builds 2-millionth EcoBoost engine, with take rates growing globally; expected to exceed Ford’s global diesel production

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Ford doubled Cologne, Germany, production of 1.0-liter EcoBoost to 1,000 engines per day, and is investing $200 million in its Cleveland, Ohio plant to build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the US. Cleveland. Ford Motor Company reported that it has built its two-millionth EcoBoost engine since the launch of the line in 2009. Plant. Engine.

NASA moves Environmentally Responsible Aviation project into next phase of research with 8 large-scale technology demonstrations

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and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. NASA has selected eight large-scale integrated technology demonstrations to advance aircraft concepts and technologies for reducing the impact of aviation on the environment over the next 30 years. Our next steps will help us work towards that goal. Aviation Emissions Fuel Efficiency

ExxonMobil discovers oil and gas in Argentina shale well; expands presence in Permian shale in US

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—Randy Cleveland, president, XTO Energy. ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina, jointly with Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén, has discovered oil and gas in an unconventional shale well in Neuquén Province of Argentina. The horizontal leg of the well extends for 3,280 feet (1,000 meters). — Stephen M. Permian. Brief

Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Aleris operates more than 40 production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky. —Steve Demetriou, Aleris Chairman and CEO. Great formability is coupled with cost efficient processing.

AMP Electric Thinks Soccer Moms Want Electric Equinoxes; Do They?

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Based in Cleveland, the company hopes to sell electric conversions of "best of class" vehicles in several segments to early adopting consumers who are willing to pay for all-electric

ExxonMobil expanding position in Permian Basin

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—Randy Cleveland, president, XTO Energy. Exxon Mobil Corporation executed two agreements to obtain horizontal development rights in 48,000 acres in the core of the Midland Basin. The acreage will be operated by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. We are continuing to grow our position in a prolific area of the Permian Basin. Brief

New Review Concludes Very Low EROI of Oil Shale Combined with High Carbon Intensity Likely Makes it an Unsuitable Alternative to Conventional Crude Oil

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Source: Cleveland and O’Connor. Cleveland and O’Connor. Cleveland and O’Connor. Cleveland and O’Connor. Click to enlarge.

Alcoa signs long-term agreement with Airbus for titanium and aluminum parts; modernized 50,000-ton press

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Alcoa will produce the parts using its recently modernized 50,000-ton press in Cleveland, Ohio. Alcoa Cleveland Works manufactures the large aluminum structural die forgings for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. billion. In addition to sheet, plate, forgings and extrusions, Alcoa specialty fasteners. billion in 2012 revenues.

Ford Begins EcoBoost Engine Production

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Ford Motor Company began production of its EcoBoost engines ( earlier post ) at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. Cleveland Engine Plant No.

Alcoa opens 3D printing metal powder plant

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Alcoa is piloting the technique in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Lightweight metals leader Alcoa has opened its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility. Alcoa also has invested in a range of technologies to further develop additive processes, product design and qualification. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). Brief

Ford Invests $155M in Engine Plant to Support New 3.7L V-6 for Mustang

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Ford Motor Company is investing $155 million at its Cleveland operations to build a new more fuel-efficient V-6 engine for the 2011 Mustang. The investment and jobs at Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant No. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1’s V-6 engine is expected to represent two-thirds of Mustang’s volume this calendar year.

Researchers determine specific rates of biodegradation for 125 petroleum compounds in Deepwater Horizon spill

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Bagby is now at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. The oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than 1,000 square miles of seafloor. Their results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. —Sarah Bagby. Resources.

Chicago Plugging Green

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Recently, Chicago's greening was highlighted in Time. But Johnston, Mayor Richard M. This is about quality of life. Here are the most recent.

Ohio workshop seeks ideas for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

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The workshop will be held 9 July at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. and local Cleveland organizations that include NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University. Sherrod Brown. Invited speakers include congressional, state and local leaders. Institute structure and governance.

Ford advancing 3D sand printing

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F-150: Exhaust manifolds for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost built in Cleveland and used in F-150. Ford is embracing the use of “3D printing”—additive manufacturing—in its design work. Escape: EcoBoost four-cylinder engines in the 2013 Escape built at Louisville Assembly Plant. Explorer: Brake rotors for the 2011 Explorer built in Chicago.

NASA awards Aerojet Rocketdyne $67M to develop advanced solar electric propulsion system for space

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prototype 13 kW Hall thruster during testing at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Source: NASA. Click to enlarge.

Ford EcoBoost US sales up 46% year-to-date; tracking to top 1 million in US in 2015 for 1st time

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To meet demand for the 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost now available on the all-new Edge, Ford recently invested nearly $200 million at its Cleveland engine plant, where production began this year. Ford expects 2015 will be the first year in which EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in the United States exceed 1 million sales.

NASA purchases Alcohol-to-Jet fuel from Gevo for Glenn Research Center

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has purchased Gevo’s renewable Alcohol-to-Jet fuel (ATJ) ( earlier post ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The biorefinery, where Gevo also produces bio-paraxylene and bio-isooctane, is operated in conjunction with South Hampton Resources. Brief

Alcoa facility to cut in half energy used to recycle aluminum for forged wheels

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The casthouse takes chips and solids from an existing Alcoa wheel machining plant on the same campus in Barberton, as well as from Alcoa’s Cleveland forging plant, and recycles them into aluminum billets. The recycling facility, the first of its kind in North America, produces wheels from re-melted and scrap aluminum. Brief

NASA awarding $45M to green rocket propellant technology demonstration mission

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NASA has selected a team led by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for a technology demonstration of a high performance “green” propellant alternative to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine. NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission is expected to be developed and flown in approximately three years. Brief

EPA announces 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; green chemistry market opportunity projected to be $98.5B by 2020, about 2% of total market

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Designing greener chemicals: The Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, Ohio. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting its 16 th annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award ceremony tonight in Washington, DC. billion in 2011 to $98.5 billion by 2020. The first target molecule for Genomatica is 1,4-butanediol (BDO).

Gas2 secures £5.5M in funding to further catalytic ceramic membrane gas-to-liquids technology

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Scottish gas reforming company Gas2 has secured £5.5 million (US$8.7 Conventional GTL processes typically involve a 2-step process split into 4 stages.

Alcoa expands R&D Center to deepen additive manufacturing capabilities; Ampliforge process

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Alcoa is piloting the technique in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Lightweight metals leader Alcoa is expanding its R&D center in Pennsylvania to accelerate the development of advanced 3D-printing materials and processes. The $60-million expansion is under construction at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brief

GE and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation Establish Partnership; Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm

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Upon its completion, targeted for late 2012, this project would be located off the shores of Lake Erie, near Cleveland, Ohio. Under the new partnership GE will provide direct-drive wind turbines to LEEDCo’s 20 megawatt offshore wind project in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

Daimler Buses North America’s Orion VII Transit Bus Makes World Debut with SCR

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Daimler Buses North America (DBNA) unveiled the new-generation diesel Orion VII transit bus, now equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology, at the Bus & Paratransit Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Daimler Buses put a total of seven test buses through extensive durability testing.

Satellite-data derived study finds meeting renewable fuel targets is theoretically feasible, but would change significantly impact agriculture mix

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Cleveland, Sasha C. Roughly 80% of the current recovered harvest in the US would need to be re-allocated for the production of bioenergy crops to meet current renewable fuel targets with existing technology, according to a new study using satellite data led by researchers from the University of Montana. —Smith et al. —Smith et al.

Alcoa unveils first aluminum alloy fan blade forging for jet engines; $1.1B supply agreement w/ Pratt & Whitney

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Alcoa plans to use aluminum and aluminum-lithium from its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Lafayette, Indiana facilities for the front fan blades, which will be produced using proprietary manufacturing processes at its Cleveland, Ohio plant. Click to enlarge. Under the $1.1 We’re going where no materials scientist has gone before. Engine noise.

Novolyte Technologies and Foosung Form JV for Li-ion Electrolytes

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The US-based new joint venture entity will retain the Novolyte Technologies name and will be managed by Novolyte’s current management team from its existing Cleveland headquarters. Foosung Co., Novolyte is contributing its energy storage business to the joint venture. and its leaders.

NASA begins ACCESS flight research to study effects of biojet fuels on engine performance, emissions and contrails

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The ACCESS study is a joint project involving researchers at Dryden, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Specific measurements will include aerosol number, size, composition, and volatility; cloud particle size, number, images, and water content; CO 2 ; CO; NO x ; O 3 ; and water vapor.