NSF funds U of Kansas researcher developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries

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Supported by a new five-year, $500,000- grant from the National Science Foundation, a researcher from the University of Kansas is developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent overheating in lithium-ion batteries.

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Kansas Geological Survey Receives $5M Grant to Study CO2 Storage

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The Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas has received a nearly $5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underground. Awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant is the largest ever received by the Kansas Geological Survey. Kansas Geological Survey geologists Lynn Watney and Saibal Bhattacharya are leading the investigation.

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Study establishes feasibility of near-miscible CO2 injection to recover significant percentage of residual oil in Kansas oilfields

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A study by the University of Kansas Center for Research funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has established the feasibility of using near-miscible CO 2 injection for recovering between 250 million and 500 million additional barrels of oil from Kansas oilfields. billion barrels of total Kansas oil produced over the past 100 years.

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Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.

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DOE Selects Seven Projects for University Coal Research Program

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The US Department of Energy has selected 7 projects to participate in the University Coal Research (UCR) program. University of California, Merced, Calif. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo. Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University will collaborate with NexTech Materials, Ltd., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Universal Lubricants hits 1.5M gallon production mark for recycled motor oil

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Universal Lubricants has hit the 1.5-million gallon production mark for its ECO ULTRA line of recycled motor oil. Universal Lubricants collects used oil from the government and private business such as auto parts stores, dealerships, service stations, and oil change centers across the US. Earlier post.) The company has been selling to professional installers, but is now moving the product into retail channels, said John Wesley, CEO. The US produces approximately 1.3

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Alcoa Foundation awards Ohio State University $400K to research light-weight, metal-based, vehicle structures

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The Alcoa Foundation recently awarded a $400,000 grant to the Ohio State University (OSU) Institute for Materials Research in support of innovative design and manufacturing technologies that will enable the creation of lighter, more environmentally friendly vehicle structures. We utilized a tie rod made from aluminum tube with steel end pieces for the Baja SAE off-road competition in Kansas and Illinois.

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — North (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia): Pennsylvania State University aims to assess and catalog Northern Appalachian Basin rare earth elements and critical minerals resources and waste streams, develop strategies to recover minerals from these streams, and assess the infrastructure, industries and businesses in the Northern Appalachian Basin to determine supply chain gaps. Other: University of Kansas Center for Research Inc.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies secures $2.5M to advance diesel-free truck demonstration; ethanol-fueled MCCI

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million in additional financing from several investors, including the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois Corn Growers Associations. ClearFlame’s solution, grounded in technology developed during doctoral studies at Stanford University and validated using more than $3 million in grant funding, addresses this problem by elevating combustion temperatures in order to enable use of non-traditional fuels without sacrificing performance.

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies secures $17M in Series A financing

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ClearFlame’s solution, grounded in technology developed during doctoral studies at Stanford University and validated using more than $3 million in grant funding, elevates combustion temperatures in order to enable use of non-traditional fuels without sacrificing performance.

DOE selects 28 hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects for $38M in funding

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Awards in this topic area, with the Federal share, include: Northeastern University: Developing Platinum Group Metal-Free Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acid: Beyond the Single Metal Site. Indiana University, Purdue University: Mesoporous Carbon-based PGM-free Catalyst Cathodes. Vanderbilt University: Fuel Cell Membrane-Electrode-Assemblies with PGM-free Nanofiber Cathodes. University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.:

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DOE awards $10 million to 5 projects for advanced biofuels and bio-based products

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The awards will support projects led by collaborative teams, including universities, national laboratories and private industry. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will partner with universities and industry, including the University of Kansas , to complete the project. The team includes scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology , University of British Columbia , Washington State University , and Texas A&M University.

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Georgia Tech team develops high-performance intermediate-temperature sold-oxide fuel cell

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A team from Georgia Tech, with colleagues at the university of Kansas, has designed a high-performance solid-oxide fuel cell that operates directly on nearly dry (only ~3.5 The new catalyst, CNR, manufactured by research collaborators at the University of Kansas, is the outer layer of the anode side of the cell and doubles as a protectant against decay, extending the life of the cell.

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DOE-Sponsored Seismic Project Helps Identify Untapped Oil in Developed Reservoirs

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Using innovative seismic-based technologies developed with funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE), a Kansas drilling company has discovered an untapped, 10-foot-thick oil zone in a developed Colorado reservoir. A research team from the University of Kansas Center for Research, the Kansas Geological Survey, the University of Houston Allied Geophysical Laboratories, and the University of Oklahoma developed the seismic technologies.

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DOE awarding $22 million for algal fuel and biomass feedstock supply chain projects

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New Mexico State University ($5 million DOE investment): For its project, New Mexico State University will increase the yield of a microalgae, while developing harvesting and cultivation processes that lower costs and support year-round production. California Polytechnic State University ($1.5

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

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Montana State University. Murray State University. University of Southern Mississippi. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. This project establishes a collaboration between researchers in Kansas and West Virginia to develop innovations to reduce the need for fresh water in oil and gas production and more safely reuse or dispose of the water used in those operations. Jackson State University.

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EPA awards $4.5M to advance air monitoring technology

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The grants, which are funded through the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results ( STAR ) program, are being awarded to the following: Carnegie Mellon University will research the accuracy of air pollution sensors and the usefulness of the sensor data. Kansas State University will create a partnership with local organizations in South Chicago to evaluate the effects of community-led research on the community’s understanding of air pollution.

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Rice study shows algae monocultures for biofuel stably grown in open reactors fed by municipal wastewater

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Results of a 14-week study by Rice University researchers suggest that algae monocultures for biofuel feedstock can be grown in open tank bioreactors using municipal wastewater as a nutrient source. For instance, the algae in the Rice study was four times more effective at removing phosphorous than were the algae in a Kansas study. The research was supported by Rice University.

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Researchers modify camelina to produce highest levels yet in transgenic plant oil of novel lipid acetyl-TAG; biofuel and industrial use

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Researchers at Kansas State University led by Professor Timothy Durrett and their colleagues at Michigan State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln have engineered Camelina sativa —a non-food oilseed crop—to produce high levels (up to 85 mol%) of acetyl-triacylglycerols (acetyl-TAGs, or ac-TAGs)—a novel plant oil lipid with possible biofuel or industrial uses.

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DOE awarding $7+ million to four hydrogen and fuel cell projects, including fuel cell delivery trucks

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The University of Texas’s Center for Electromechanics, Electric Vehicles International, Hydrogenics USA and Valence Technology will also participate in this project. Sprint ($250,000 DOE investment): Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, Sprint will deploy fuel cell-powered backup power systems for rooftop telecommunications equipment.

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NIST Awards $123M in 12 Recovery Act Grants for New Research Facilities; Univ. of Ky CAER to Expand Capacitor and Battery Manufacturing Research with its $11.8M Award

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The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support the construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization. As one of the grantees, the University of Kentucky will use its $11.8M for new laboratories for nanoscience and experimental physics; $15 million to Nova Southeastern University Inc.

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Study finds global rivers and streams emitting 3x IPCC estimates of the GHG N2O

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—Jake Beaulieu of the University of Notre Dame and the US EPA, and lead author of the PNAS paper. Other authors of the paper are: Jennifer Tank of the University of Notre Dame; Stephen Hamilton of Michigan State University; Wilfred Wollheim of the University of New Hampshire; Robert Hall of the University of Wyoming; Patrick Mulholland of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee; Bruce Peterson of Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.;

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USDA and DOE award $12.2M to 10 research projects to accelerate bioenergy crop production and spur economic impact

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The 10 projects are located in California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia: Association Mapping of Cell Wall Synthesis Regulatory Genes and Cell Wall Quality in Switchgrass. Bartley, University of Oklahoma, Norman. Eric Beers, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg. Braun, University of Missouri, Columbia. Luca Comai, University of California, Davis.

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USDA to award $25M for R&D for next-generation biofuels

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The following projects have been selected for awards: Kansas State University, $5,078,932. Ohio State University, $6,510,183. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award some $25 million to four projects to research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products—such as biofuels—from a variety of biomass sources.

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USDA and DOE award $47M in RD grants for biofuel, bioenergy and biobased product projects

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University of Florida , Gainesville, Fla., The University will identify genetic traits in sorghum associated with drought tolerance through genetic mapping and will select strains that produce high biomass yields and can be easily converted to fermentable sugars. University of Kansas Center for Research , Lawrence, Kan., University of Kentucky , Lexington, Ky.,

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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Companies and universities in Michigan are receiving more than $1 billion of the grants. Manufacturing: Michigan and Kansas City, MO; Deployment: several utility partners’ fleets. Manufacturing: Kansas City, MO; Deployment: Several partners’ fleets. West Virginia University (NAFTC). Purdue University. Colorado State University. $5. Missouri University of Science and Technology. $5. Louis, MO Kansas City, MO Lee’s Summit, MO.

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Researchers Say Perennial Grain Crops Could Be Available in Two Decades, Call for Policy Commitment Similar to That Supporting Biofuels

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Perennial grains would be one of the largest innovations in the 10,000 year history of agriculture, and could arrive even sooner with the right breeding programs, said John Reganold, a Washington State University Regents professor of soil science and lead author of the paper with Jerry Glover, a WSU-trained soil scientist now at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.

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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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35 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide electric vehicle charging access for their workforce. Kansas City Power & Light. The Battery500 consortium will include four DOE National Laboratories and five universities in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance. Binghamton University (State University of New York). University of Washington.

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New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

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A team led by Yang-Kook Sun at Hanyang University (South Korea), Bruno Scrosati at University of Rome Sapienza, and Khalil Amine at Argonne National Laboratory reports the development of a sodium-ion battery based on a carbon-coated Fe 3 O 4 anode, Na[Ni 0.25 Scheme of the new full sodium-ion battery, which combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode. Credit: ACS, Oh et al. Click to enlarge.

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in archaeology from Columbia University in 1952 with a dissertation focusing on Marajó Island, Brazil. Linda Hall Library , in Kansas City, Mo. In much of the world, December is a month of twinkling lights.

Study Finds Crop Residue Removal for Biofuels Adversely Impact Soil and Environment; Dedicated Energy Crops Can Provide Benefits

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In a paper published in March-April 2010 issue of Agronomy Journal , published by the American Society of Agronomy, Dr. Humberto Blanco-Canqui of Kansas State University found that removal of more than 50% of crop residue can have negative consequences for soil structure, reduce soil organic carbon sequestration, increase water erosion, and reduce nutrient cycling and crop production, particularly in erodible and sloping soils. A new study has found that crop residue removal—i.e.,

2010 176

DOE Selects 15 Projects Aimed at Secure CO2 Underground Storage

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Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford, Calif.) Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.) Clemson University researchers will evaluate the feasibility of using wellbore deformations to assess reservoir, caprock, and wellbore conditions. Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.) The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, N.Y.) The Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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Utah State University. Utah State University will develop electronic hardware and. Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania State University is developing an innovative. Washington University. Washington University in St. the University of Kansas, and Vanderbilt. University will develop an advanced flow battery with a low-cost, durable membrane and unique catalyst.

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Are Autonomous Buses the Answer for Efficient Transportation and Reducing Emissions and Fuel Consumption?

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Arizona-based startup Local Motors has unveiled Olli ( earlier post ), a 12-passenger minibus that may hit university campuses in Las Vegas and Miami later this year. In 2015, the one-year pilot program, Bridj, created a “microtransit” hybrid of ride-hailing and bus service in Kansas City. by Dave Crichton. Driverless cars are poised to decongest personal car traffic, shrink our eco footprint, free up parking spaces and reduce the frequency of collisions by about 90%.

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Researchers demonstrate sustainable integrated process for wastewater algae to biocrude via hydrothermal liquefaction

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A team at the University of Kansas has demonstrated the feasibility of an integrated wastewater algae-to-biocrude process using hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that can sustainably cultivate algal biomass for biofuel production. Flow diagram of the solvent extraction and product recovery method used. Credit: ACS, Roberts et al. Click to enlarge.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV-US) and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research are participating in the Ohio Electric Drive Initiative as major program partners. SEV-US Corp will assemble all-electric commercial vehicles in Kansas City beginning in the third quarter of 2009.

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New silicon oxycarbide glass/graphene anode material; lightweight, high-capacity and long cycle life

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Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a new high-performance Li-ion battery anode material combining silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) glass and graphene. The self-standing (i.e., no current collector or binder) anode material comprises molecular precursor-derived SiOC glass particles embedded in a chemically-modified reduced graphene oxide (rGO) matrix.

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Smith Telemetry for EVs Launches at CV Operator Show

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Organizations engaged in Phase One include Royal Mail, Transport for London, Warwick University and the councils of Camden, Gateshead, Islington, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Wakefield and Warwick. At the same time, workers at Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp in Kansas City will fit the new telemetry system to the larger Smith Newton trucks, for customers in North America.

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USDA providing $9.6M to create 9,000 acres of BCAP project areas for non-food energy crop production

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The crop propagations, planting and mitigation and monitoring plan for Freedom Giant Miscanthus, a crop based on strains developed by Mississippi State University, will be coordinated by REPREVE Renewables LLC. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $9.6 million for the creation of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program ( BCAP ) project areas in New York and North Carolina, and the expansion of an already established BCAP project area in Arkansas.

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DOE awarding $6M to 11 projects to accelerate alternative fuel vehicle market growth

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. University of Central Florida. The Safe Alternative Fuel Deployments in Mid-America: a Training Initiative for Combined AFV and State Fire and Rescue Training (SAF-D) project will collaborate with the State Fire & Rescue Training Institutes in Missouri and Kansas to adapt existing alternative fuel safety curriculum to their existing training structures.

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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 primarily target Abengoa Bioenergy’s cellulosic biorefinery, which is currently under development in Hugoton, Kansas. 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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DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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The Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation project will focus diversifying transportation fuel options in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. University, North. University of Central.

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National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries Opts for Kentucky Site for Li-ion Plant

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Kentucky was selected over Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) ( earlier post ) has selected a site in Hardin County, Kentucky to build a more than $600-million automotive lithium-ion battery plant.