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. A short return on investment, the ease of fueling, the low infrastructure cost and the unexpected benefit of lower electricity costs were reasons cited by the school district for the purchase of the propane autogas buses.

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. The investment in Cleveland shifted North American production to Ohio, leaving Ford’s Valencia Engine Plant as the exclusive production location of 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for Ford of Europe-built vehicles. Cleveland Engine Plant also builds the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel drive application.

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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. The EcoBoost solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines.

Ford Begins Manufacture of EcoBoost Engines at Cleveland Plant

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Ford Motor Company is resuming production at Cleveland Engine Plant No. Ford invested $55 million for tooling and equipment upgrades at Cleveland Engine Plant No. The Cleveland Engine Plant has been outfitted with a flexible manufacturing system for powertrains, featuring modern machine tools that easily can be retooled and reprogrammed to perform new tasks with minimal disruption to production. Cleveland Engine Plant No.

Electric pickup from former GM plant will have in-wheel hub motors

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Lordstown Motors is planning to use a former GM facility near Cleveland, Ohio, to effectively beat GM to the punch—in offering an all-electric, made-in-America pickup. “Our goal is to build the first electric pickup truck in the United States and likely the world,” said CEO Steve Burns, in a video (below) released last Wednesday. youtube

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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. MORE: Auto Dealers'' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In Senate Bill 260

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DOE to award more than $27M to 12 plastics recycling R&D projects

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Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) - Hybrid Chemical-Mechanical Separation & Upcycling of Mixed Plastic Waste – DOE Funding: $2,498,539. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable-by-design.

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US DOT awards $13.6M to 8 projects to advance fuel cell technology for transit industry

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CALSTART Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; ElDorado National; BAE Systems; Ballard Power Systems. American Fuel Cell Bus Builds a next-generation fuel cell bus with latest fuel cell technology and demonstrates in transit service in greater Cleveland area for 2 years. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $13.6

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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 Attending a conference in Detroit a couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to drive a converted "Amp'd Chevrolet Equinox" crossover, offered by AMP Electric Vehicles.

US average retail gasoline prices ended 2017 lower than they started

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Midwest (Chicago and Cleveland). Prices in Chicago were higher than prices in Cleveland and the Midwest regional average in every week during 2018. Of the cities for which EIA collects data, Cleveland’s gasoline prices were the second lowest in the country for 25 weeks and the lowest for 2 weeks. US regular retail gasoline prices averaged $2.72 per gallon (gal) in 2018, 30 cents/gal (13%) higher than in 2017 and 57 cents/gal higher than in 2016.

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Chicago Plugging Green

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This is way beyond tree hugging in Chicago," said Johnston, 31, who before coming to Chicago helped dust some of the rust off of Cleveland's image by serving as executive director of the non-profit Cleveland Green Building Coalition. T hrough the leadership of Mayor Richard Daley , the City of Chicago has joined Plug In Partners with a big bang by committing to purchase 850 plug in hybrid vehicles. Recently, Chicago's greening was highlighted in Time.

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Nuvera breaks ground on automated fuel cell production facility in China

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and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,800 people worldwide. Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, is building a fuel cell stack production line in the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, China. In December 2018, Nuvera signed a cooperation agreement with the Fuyang government, located in Zhejiang province, to enable the local manufacture of Nuvera fuel cell stacks.

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Cadillac embarks on first hands-free cross-country highway drive with Super Cruise

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Crossing through 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, in Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, the drive program will make stops in major cities across the US including: Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona. Cadillac embarked on its first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using Super Cruise technology. Earlier post.)

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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. Alcoa signed a multi-year supply agreement with Airbus valued at approximately $110 million for value-add titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings.

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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 two agreements include an acquisition and farm-in adjoining XTO’s existing acreage position in Martin and Midland Counties, providing rights to all intervals within the basin. The acreage will be operated by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary XTO Energy Inc.

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Electrify America opening first California EV fast charging station in Torrance; targeting 9 in California by year-end

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Cleveland Ave., The Country Hills Shopping Plaza in Torrance, California will be the site of the first DC fast charging station to open in the state as part of Electrify America’s plan to install approximately 160 charging stations in California by June 2019.

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NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne hot fire test rocket engine injector made by 3-D printing

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NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland conducted the successful tests for Aerojet Rocketdyne through a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. Liquid oxygen/gaseous hydrogen rocket injector assembly built using additive manufacturing technology is hot-fire tested at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Rocket Combustion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

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UPS to add more than 6,000 natural gas trucks 2020-2022; $450M investment

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Houston, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio. UPS plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks beginning in 2020 and running through 2022. This three-year commitment represents a $450-million investment in expanding the company’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet as well as supporting infrastructure.

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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. and Cleveland, OH (7.8%). Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7

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NASA and Virgin Orbit 3D print, test rocket combustion chamber

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The company partnered with NASA experts in combustion and additive manufacturing (3D printing) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; and Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Multiple NASA centers have partnered with Virgin Orbit to develop and to test a 3D printed combustion chamber. Virgin Orbit air launches rockets carrying small satellites to space.

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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. Many of the components for the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the all-new Transit Van (earlier post) were developed with the aid of 3D rapid manufacturing.

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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 Green cars Latest news ecoboost Ford EcoBoost green cars

Midwest EVOLVE electric vehicle project hosts first EV ride and drive at Earth Day event in Ohio

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This year, in partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and Midwest EVOLVE, EarthFest will celebrate the “Year of Vibrant Green Space.”. Earth Day Coalition will give consumers a chance to test drive some of the newest electric vehicles at EarthFest 2017 , 22 April at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights, OH.

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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. The authors of the report “An Assessment of the Energy Return on Investment (EROI) of Oil Shale,” Dr. Cutler Cleveland and Peter O’Connor at Boston University, reviewed the existing literature on the energy return on investment (EROI) for oil shale to reach their conclusions. Cleveland and O’Connor. Cleveland and O’Connor. Cleveland and O’Connor.

Winnebago, Motiv unveil all-electric healthcare vehicles

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Winnebago Specialty Vehicles is showcasing an all electric, zero-emissions chassis at the Mobile Health Clinics Forum, 14-17 September 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Winnebago Industries is unveiling two all-electric versions of mobile healthcare unit vehicles: an all-electric Mobile Lung Unit (eMLU) and, as a chassis, an all-electric bloodmobile. The eMLU and the bloodmobile share the same chassis, developed with partner Motiv Power Systems.

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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. NASA and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring the second in a series of regional public workshops to gather ideas and suggestions on the design of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

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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. The all-aluminum dual-overhead cam (DOHC), 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve V-6 engine with Twin Independent Variable Valve Timing (Ti-VCT) delivers a projected 30 mpg US (7.8 L/100km) on the highway, with 305 hp (227 kW) of output.

Study provides more insight into air pollution mechanisms that cause cardiovascular diseases

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Other participants in the expert group include the world-renowned particulate matter researcher Professor Sanjay Rajagopalan of the UH Cleveland Medical Center, the vascular researcher and cardiologist Professor John Deanfield of the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at University College London, Professor Andreas Daiber, Head of Molecular Cardiology at the Mainz University Medical Center, and Professor Jos Lelieveld from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz.

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

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Some of the public transit agencies reporting record ridership system-wide or on specific lines were located in the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Espanola, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Pompano Beach, FL; Riverside, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Carlos, CA; Tampa, FL; Yuma, AZ; and New York, NY. Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA.

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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. With customer demand exceeding its initial projections, Ford now expects EcoBoost production to exceed its global diesel engine production.

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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.

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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. Cleveland Engine Plant No. Cleveland Engine Plant No. Unique to the Cleveland site, this “cold test” checks for proper buildup of pressure on the turbo output side before the engine ever leaves the factory. Ford invested $55 million to retool and reopen the plant, which had been idled in 2007.

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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. Gevo’s ATJ is manufactured at its demonstration biorefinery located in Silsbee, TX, using renewable isobutanol produced at its Luverne, MN, isobutanol plant. The biorefinery, where Gevo also produces bio-paraxylene and bio-isooctane, is operated in conjunction with South Hampton Resources.

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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. Year-to-date, total sales of EcoBoost-powered Ford vehicles are up 46%; F-150, Escape and Fusion are the top-selling EcoBoost-powered Ford vehicles. Ford expects 2015 will be the first year in which EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in the United States exceed 1 million sales.

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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.

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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. The Space Technology Program will provide $45 million for the mission, with some additional cost-sharing by mission co-investigators.

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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.

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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. Located at the Alcoa Technology Center, the world’s largest light metals research center, the plant will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts.

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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. Located in the liquids-rich area of the Vaca Muerta play, the Bajo del Choique X-2 well was drilled to a total measured depth of approximately 15,000 feet (4,570 meters). The horizontal leg of the well extends for 3,280 feet (1,000 meters).

NASA testing new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsor; 4-8% fuel burn savings over current advanced engines

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NASA is testing the propulsor, designed by United Technologies Research Center with research conducted by Virginia Polytechnic and State University, in its 8' x 6' Wind Tunnel at NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio. Engineers at NASA Glenn are testing a new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) inlet-fan combination—the first of its kind ever to be tested.

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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. The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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. Alcoa will produce materials designed specifically for a range of additive technologies to meet increasing demand for complex, high-performance 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other high-growth markets such as automotive, medical and building and construction.

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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. GE and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation ( LEEDCo ) of Northern Ohio have formed a long-term partnership beginning with the development of the first fresh water offshore wind farm in the US and involving a broad range of other initiatives.

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