Mercedes to invest $1 billion to build electric SUVs, batteries in Alabama: report

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Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is expected to announce that it will invest up to $1 billion to build electric SUVs and batteries in and around its Alabama assembly plant. Manufacturing Future Cars Daimler battery pack Alabama plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants

Mercedes-Benz confirms two electric SUVs for Alabama production in 2022

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Mercedes-Benz on Monday confirmed plans to build two electric SUVs at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, factory as part of the revised rollout of electric models under its EQ sub-brand.


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Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for $1.6B new US auto manufacturing plant

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Mazda and Toyota have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant. The new plant will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually, with production split evenly between two lines for each company to produce Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and the Toyota Corolla.

Mercedes-Benz to set up EV production in US, battery plant; $1B investment in Alabama

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The company plans to produce EQ-branded SUV models at MBUSI (Mercedes-Benz US International), its Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility. Final details of the plans are still being worked on in partnership with the State of Alabama. Dignitaries attending the event included Alabama Governor Kay Ellen Ivey as well as other local and state officials. Mercedes-Benz will set up electric vehicle production in the United States.

Toyota to increase V6 engine production in Alabama

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The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. TMMAL) to build an additional 216,000 engines each year, boosting total V6 annual capacity to 362,000. building will be constructed. Toyota also builds engines in Kentucky and West Virginia. Toyota will invest approximately $80 million its Huntsville, Ala. engine facility to increase North American production of V6 engines. The investment will bring total plant investment to more than $700 million.

Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

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The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is building a new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track, making it one of the few such facilities in the nation attached to a test track.

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DOE provides $65M for “connected communities” of buildings powered to transform electric system

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $65 million through its Connected Communities funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide. ( interactive Efficient Building: An energy?efficient

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Mercedes breaks ground on US battery factory (Updated)

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—right next door to its SUV factory in Alabama. The move is an indication that the company plans to build its upcoming all-electric EQC electric SUV in Alabama. Mercedes-Benz broke ground Friday on a new battery factory in the U.S.—right The EQC is expected to go on sale in the U.S. as a 2021 model. Mercedes exports many of the SUVs it produces in

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All New Flyer facilities now capable of manufacturing Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses

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NFI Group), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced that its Anniston, Alabama facility has successfully completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric heavy-duty transit bus. New Flyer currently employs 610 people in Alabama, and is expected to add approximately 60 people to the Anniston team in 2018. New Flyer of America Inc., the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.

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Daikin to begin producing Li-ion electrolytes

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will soon start producing electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, initially at its Daikin America plant in Alabama, and begin selling them in January. The Alabama plant will have an annual production capacity of around 2,000 tons. According to the Nikkei, Daikin plans to build factories in Japan, China and elsewhere, with output ramping up to 10,000 tons by fiscal 2015. Nikkei. Japan-based Daikin Industries Ltd.

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Ohio State named first-year champion in 4-year EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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Rounding out the top three are Virginia Tech in second place and the University of Alabama in third place. Teams have four years (2018-2022) to transform their vehicles from design concept into reality, building an energy efficient, connected and semi-automated vehicle for the car sharing market. Throughout the year, the students strived to conceptualize and build the framework for their redesigned Chevrolet Blazers.

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Toyota to begin hybrid powertrain production in US; $374M investment in 5 plants

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million in five US manufacturing plants to support production of its first US-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. The Huntsville, Alabama, plant will undergo a comprehensive upgrade to enable it to build engines that complement TNGA. Fifty new jobs will be created because of the investment at the Alabama plant. Toyota is expanding the production of its hybrid powertrains to the US.

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US cellulosic ethanol goals falling short

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Seventy million of those gallons were to come from an Alabama company called Cello Energy, but Cello has now been found guilty in a Federal court of civil fraud for lying to a major investor about its ability to make ethanol from grass and other woody, non-food materials. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news Alabama Cello Energy cellulosic ethanol EPA

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Toyota bumping US investments up to nearly $13B over 5 years; focus on advancing electrification

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and a building expansion for additional castings at Bodine Aluminum's Jackson, Tenn. In Alabama, Toyota’s $288,000,000 investment will increase annual engine capacity from 670,000 to 900,000 by the end of 2021 to increase product flexibility and better accommodate market demand. The investment also includes a building expansion. TMMK’s 8,000 team members also build Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES models with an annual capacity of 550,000 vehicles.

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DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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EcoCAR is a collegiate automotive competition aimed at developing a highly skilled, domestic workforce by providing hands-on experience designing and building next-generation mobility solutions to meet our nation’s future energy and mobility challenges. University of Alabama.

New Flyer of America investing additional $25M in Anniston, AL; capacity for zero-emission bus production

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New Flyer of America Inc, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, will invest $25 million in major building renovations and expansions at its Anniston, Alabama production campus. The New Flyer Anniston campus (formerly North American Bus Industries), which was acquired by New Flyer in 2013, consists of five buildings that manufactures transit buses from part fabrication, to high-strength frame welding, to final assembly.

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Project Titan: Apple’s Electric Car Project

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Many rumours have surfaced in early 2021 claiming that Apple has entered into talks with well-known automated electronics manufacturers for components for an upcoming vehicle-related product and that Apple is also working to build a factory in the United States.

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. This investment builds on the company’s existing 18 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and operates CNG vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.

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New Flyer launches New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions; sustainable charging and mobility solutions for zero-emission buses

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While purchasing a ZEB is one step toward building a zero-emission fleet, developing depot or on route charging infrastructure is the second, most critical step requiring complex technical expertise to ensure successful deployment. Zero-emission, battery-electric fleets require significant resources to build and deploy supporting infrastructure and interoperable charging, and now, New Flyer is able to lead the charge with proven expertise in project management and grid planning.

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DOI: latest Gulf of Mexico oil & gas lease sales garner $872M in high bids

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The latest lease sales build on the first three sales held under the Obama Administration’s Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (Five Year Program) that offered more than 60 million acres for development and garnered $1.4 million acres on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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EcoCAR 3 competition to use Chevy Camaro as base vehicle

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EcoCAR 3 challenges university students across North America to design, build and optimize eco-friendly powertrains over the course of the next four years. University of Alabama. General Motors is continuing its partnership with the US Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory for the EcoCAR 3 collegiate advanced vehicle technology competition. and will donate a Chevrolet Camaro to each one of the 16 universities that were recently selected for the exclusive competition.

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Obama Administration to offer 40 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development

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The lease sales build on the first three sales in the Five Year Program that offered more than 79 million acres for development and garnered $1.4 million acres, located from three to 230 nautical miles offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115 feet (3 to 3,400 meters). The area is south of eastern Alabama and western Florida; the nearest point of land is 125 miles northwest in Louisiana.

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UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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UPS plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. UPS currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the U.S.

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Honda’s Indiana plant to boost production capacity; add Civic Hybrid

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Indiana was the first Honda plant in North America to build a hybrid vehicle when it started Acura ILX Hybrid production in April. Last November, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC announced that it will increase capacity by 40,000 units to 340,000 light trucks per year, starting this fall. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) is investing $40 million to increase annual production capacity by 50,000 units to a total of 250,000 vehicles.

Clean Energy Capital to develop first commercial-scale sugarcane ethanol plant in US

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States such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, where sugarcane can be grown, are prime locations for building sugarcane ethanol refineries, Clean Energy says. Clean Energy Capital LLC , a US private equity firm specializing solely in investments in ethanol, is developing the first major sugarcane ethanol refinery in the continental United States, in the Imperial Valley of California.

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Vitruivan crowd-sourcing funding for novel biofuel from sewage treatment bio-solids

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Data collected with colleagues at the University of Alabama have shown 70-90% conversion of feedstock to SCFAs (short chain fatty acids). Future plans include building a pilot scale facility to verify modeled assumptions. Vitruvian Energy is trying to crowd-fund its novel biofuel EEB (ethyl 3-ethoxybutyrate).

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Study of californium borate could lead to new technologies for radioactive waste storage and nuclear fuel recycling

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Albrecht-Schmitt said that the discoveries could help scientists build new storage containers for radioactive waste, plus help separate radioactive fuel, aiding in its recycling. Dixon, professor of chemistry at the University of Alabama, and his graduate student, Ted Garner, provided the calculations and theory on why the californium could bond in such unique ways, while scientists at Argonne National Laboratory helped correlate the theory with the experiments.

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New one-pot method for recharging ammonia borane opens up potential for viable on-board hydrogen storage

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the University of Alabama (UA) researchers working within the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence have demonstrated a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane (H 3 N-BH 3 , AB). The success of this particular advance builds on earlier work by members of this team ( earlier post , Davis et al.

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Toyota to Boost North American Capacity for Four-Cylinder Engines

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The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines annually, targeted for the Camry and RAV4. 1,733k The plant currently builds both V8 and V6 engines. Toyota will add capacity at its engine plant in Huntsville, Ala. to increase North American production of four-cylinder engines.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Southern Company: Alabama Power. Building upon DOT’s planned designation of alternative fuel corridors under the FAST Act, DOE and DOT, in cooperation with the DOE National Laboratories, DOT Volpe Center, and other government and industry stakeholders, will commence efforts in fiscal year 2017 to develop criteria that will help identify specific locations for siting fast charging infrastructure adjacent to the DOT-designated national and community corridors.

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Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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Toyota’s other manufacturing plant in Mexico is Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC), which builds Tacoma pickup trucks and Tacoma truck beds. The Cambridge South Plant will continue to build the Lexus RX 350 and 450h, the newest models of which were recently unveiled. TMMMS) will build the Corolla, consolidating compact vehicle production to the southern US and Mexico. 150-million investment in Huntsville, Alabama plant.

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US DOE awards KiOR loan guarantee supporting a more than $1B biofuels project; drop-in fuels from wood biomass

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This project is designed to complement an earlier Mississippi agreement, which requires KiOR to build three plants in Mississippi before 2015. KiOR also has additional projects in various stages of development in Arkansas, Alabama and other southern states. KiOR, Inc.,

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Orbital ATK and ECAPS partner on high performance green propulsion system; bringing LMP-103S to market

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The test was part of a series at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and included both a 5N thruster and, for the first time in the United States, a 22N thruster, both of which performed well across all test parameters. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier.

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Honda includes stop-start system in new 2016 Honda Pilot for improved fuel economy, new 9-speed

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The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function, 911 emergency services and more. The Pilot and its engine are manufactured at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama auto plant. Honda gave the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV its global premiere at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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DOE Selects High-Tonnage Biomass Feedstock Projects for up to $21M in Funding

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Auburn University of Auburn, Alabama (up to $4.9 million) will work with leading producers of forest biomass for energy in Alabama to design and demonstrate a high productivity system to harvest, process, and transport woody biomass from southern pine plantations. The US Department of Energy will award up to $21 million to five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high-tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels production.

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Oil and gas lease sale in Central Gulf of Mexico draws more than $1.7B in high bids for more than 2.4M acres; Shell, Statoil, BP top high bidders

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale attracted $1,704,500,995 in high bids for tracts on the US outer continental shelf offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The US Department of the Interior held a 39-million acre lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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Building on the SuperTruck activity, other projects aim at developing enabling technologies to improve the efficiency of heavy-duty diesel engines. The University of Alabama. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy advanced vehicle technologies, supporting the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable to own and operate as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.

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Denbury Undertakes Midwest CO2 Pipeline Feasibility Study

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It is estimated that the study will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009, following which Denbury will evaluate external market conditions, the state of financing and construction of the proposed gasification projects, and make a decision as to whether or not they will take initial steps to build such a pipeline. Denbury Resources Inc.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems and to address fundamental questions about the brain. RII Track-2 builds national research strength by initiating collaborations across institutions in two or more EPSCoR jurisdictions.

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USDA providing $405M in conditional loan guarantees for three biorefinery projects

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received a letter of intent for a $250-million loan guarantee to construct and operate a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery facility in rural western Alabama. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $405 million in conditional loan guarantees for three biorefinery projects, all of which use gasification as an initial stage in their processes.

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Mercedes-Benz realigning global production organization for passenger cars; organizing by product architecture

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Production of SUVs (M-, R-, GL-, and G-Class) and sports cars (SL, SLK) is the responsibility of Jason Hoff, who also retains his existing role as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama (MBUSI). The partners intend to build a new generation of compact cars at a new factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico, which will have a total annual production capacity of 300,000 units.

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Successful demonstration of advanced hyperbaric centrifuge technology for recovering fine coal particles from waste slurries

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coal-cleaning plant in Alabama successfully reduced moisture from ultrafine coal waste. The test builds on an eight-year cooperative effort between the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to use the patented process to effectively remove water from very fine coal slurries (a mixture of waste coal fines and water).

2011 170

Yield Projections for Switchgrass as a Biofuel Crop Across the US

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Some field sites in Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma reported biomass yields greater than 28 metric tons per hectare using the lowland cultivars Kanlow and Alamo. One of the lessons learned from the current analysis is that yield data from an even broader range of soil and climatic conditions will be useful in building better predictive models.

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