U Kentucky CAER receives $1M for carbon fiber research

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The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) received a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to continue their research in developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber. The center’s Carbon Materials Technologies Group received the award for a project titled “Precursor Processing Development for Low Cost, High Strength Carbon Fiber for Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Applications.”

Ford boosting production targets for full-size SUVs by about 25%; increasing line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant

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The company is increasing line speed at its Kentucky Truck Plant to build more Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, boosting production targets approximately 25% since last fall when the SUVs hit the market. Kentucky Truck Plant opened in 1969.

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Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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TEMA) in Erlanger, Kentucky.; Erlanger, Kentucky will lose about 1,000 to Plano, with 250 more heading north to Michigan. After moving from its existing headquarters, Toyota will continue to have approximately 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky.

Toyota to use landfill gas to generate power for Kentucky plant

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. Since 2006, the Kentucky plant has been a zero-landfill facility. has teamed up with Waste Services of the Bluegrass to generate power from local landfill waste, marking the region’s first business-to-business landfill gas to energy initiative. Toyota estimates the locally-generated landfill gas will supply enough power each year for the production of 10,000 vehicles. As solid waste naturally breaks down in a landfill, it creates biogas.

Toyota invests $1.33B in Kentucky plant to introduce TNGA; 2018 Camry to be 1st TNGA car made in US

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Toyota Motor is making a $1.33-billion investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. Toyota Kentucky is the automaker’s largest plant in the world, employing 8,200 team members. This brings Toyota Kentucky’s investment in the last four years to approximately $1.86 A recent study by the Center for Automotive Research shows Toyota Kentucky supports nearly 30,000 jobs across the state (direct, indirect, and spin-off).

Toyota to increase 4-cylinder engine capacity in Kentucky

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This investment will increase engine production at the Kentucky plant to more than 500,000 annually and will increase total engine production in the United States to more than 1.2 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) currently assembles engines for the Avalon, Camry and Venza, all built at TMMK. Toyota will increase annual engine assembly capacity of 4-cylinder engines by more than 100,000 at its plant in Georgetown, Ky. The increase will begin August 2013.

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

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Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky. We are excited to bring these capabilities to our Lewisport, Kentucky facility to serve automotive customers in North America as they shift toward significantly greater aluminum use.

Kobe Steel to build aluminum extrusion and fabrication plant in Kentucky; bumper and car frame materials

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KPEX) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Japan-based Kobe Steel, Ltd. will manufacture and sell aluminum extrusions for the automotive sector in the United States. The new business will operate through a company called Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. KPEX will make bumper materials for cars and car frame materials. The new company will have an integrated production facility, with operations ranging from melting to fabrication.

Waste Management opens public-access CNG fueling station in Kentucky, expands natural gas-powered fleet

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Waste Management has launched a new local fleet in Louisville, Kentucky of 25 clean-burning CNG trucks and unveiled Louisville’s first public-access, 24-hour compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The fleet is the first of its kind in Kentucky, replacing heavy-duty collection trucks with new vehicles that run on CNG.

ISU researchers find corn yields with perennial cover crop equal to traditional farming; recommend Kentucky bluegrass

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Corn remains vigorous with little competition from Kentucky bluegrass. We evaluated all these ground covers and decided to work with Kentucky bluegrass, because it's as good as anything else. And Kentucky bluegrass is out in every lawn in Iowa.

Kentucky-Argonne Partnership to Help Build US Advanced Battery Industry

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Louisville (U of L) are partnering with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory to establish a national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center to help develop and deploy a domestic supply of advanced battery technologies for vehicle applications. The center will be located in central Kentucky to leverage the expertise and research facilities at the UK and the U of L.

Global Green Cars Announces New Kentucky Production Plant

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Global Green Cars, a partially owned subsidiary of Utah based Green Star Products, recently announced plans to move its operations to Williamsburg Kentucky from the current location in Idaho. The company reportedly plans on completing the transition of its personnel and operations by October 2009.

Azure Dynamics Wins 10 Balance Hybrid Electric Sales to Kentucky Municipalities; Option for 40 Additional Buses

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Azure Dynamics Corporation recently won orders for up to 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Shuttle Buses by Kentucky municipalities. Ten buses were ordered immediately by three separate Kentucky municipalities with an option for up to 40 additional buses. The stimulus funds were provided to members of the Kentucky Public Transit Association.

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

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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. Kentucky was selected over Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. If successful in securing the required funding, the Kentucky facility could begin construction immediately.

EPA to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas policies on coal power plants

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EPA head Scott Pruitt told miners in Kentucky on Monday that he intends to begin dismantling former President Barack Obama's signature climate-change agenda effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants. Standing alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt told reporters at an event in Hazard, Ky., that, "The. Environmental emissions Politics EPA climate change Donald Trump

Coal-country voters laugh at politicians who deny climate change

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The "war on coal" has long been a talking point of politicians running for elected office in the state of Kentucky. The state was once home to a booming coal industry that has floundered over the years as cheaper fracked natural gas has supplanted coal for electricity generation. The state's coal industry job losses have thus been due to the surge. global warming energy policy natural gas jobs climate change fossil fuels

Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Feb 2014: Milestones, Millstones

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million people, the province has about the same population as Kentucky and represents one of every While February''s electric vehicle sales in Canada will have easily topped year-ago numbers, the plug-in market still faces headwinds in Canada during 2014. British Columbia hit a milestone of 1,000 plug-in vehicle sales earlier this year. With 4.4

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E-Mazing Race III: Electric Cars Compete On Recharging In Multiple Locations

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American Pharaoh may have won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, but the winners of another race remains to be determined. That would be the third running of the E-Mazing Race, a competition across Canada for plug-in electric vehicles. The Derby may be "the fastest two minutes in sports," but the Canadian race deserves its. Canada Competition Road Race plug-in cars charging infrastructure Charging stations Sun Country Highway

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NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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Field implementation and testing of physical processing technology will occur in Kentucky, with subsequent chemical processing in Pennsylvania. The project team plans to implement and test their technology at multiple field locations in Kentucky.

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Landfill Power For Toyota Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions 90 Percent

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The latest is Toyota, which is simultaneously powering its plant and cutting local emissions in Georgetown, Kentucky, by capturing waste gas from a local landfill site. Several automakers have realized that being truly green involves much more than just building cars that don''t use much fuel. Landfill generates large quantities of waste gas, much

Tesla Not Disruptive, VW Beetle Hybrid, Electric-Car Recharging Race: Today's Car News

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The Kentucky Derby it ain't, but the E-Mazing Race III across Canada lets electric-car drivers earn points by recharging in different. We update our look at plug-in hybrid sales, discuss an article claiming Tesla Motors isn't a disruptor, and tell you all about a hybrid VW Beetle we drove yesterday. All this and more today on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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

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The 2.5-liter engines manufactured in Kentucky and transaxles made in West Virginia will be used in hybrid vehicles built in North America such as the Highlander Hybrid manufactured in Princeton, Indiana. Toyota is expanding the production of its hybrid powertrains to the US.

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Blue Bird electric school buses in pre-production, deliveries this year; Type C & D configurations

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The buses exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards with Colorado Racking and Kentucky Pole Test certification standard on every Blue Bird bus. Blue Bird is taking orders for its electric school buses for delivery in 2018.

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ZAP Completes Made-in-USA Electric Pickup Engineering Project

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Earlier this year, ZAP Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (ZMMK), based in Franklin, Kentucky, applied to the Department of Energy for a $160 million loan application. ZMMK President Gary Dodd expects to build the vehicles in Kentucky pending funding from the DOE.

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Toyota converting biogas to power for Georgetown plant

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, with help from Waste Services of the Bluegrass , is converting methane from a local landfill into renewable electricity to power Toyota’s Georgetown assembly plant. Landfill gas is comprised of both methane and carbon dioxide, in addition to varying amounts of other contaminants. With the increasing number of landfills in the United States, the effect of landfill gas on the environment can be detrimental.

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Toyota ‘turns garbage into good’ with landfill energy production

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Working in partnership with Waste Services of the Bluegrass, Toyota plans to capture the gas produced by decomposing landfill and use it to power the Kentucky facto[.].

2013 Ford Escape With EcoBoost: On Its Way To Dealers Now

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Fitted with Ford’s latest green engine technology, the 2013 Ford Escape has started to roll off the production line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Starting at $22,470, the compact crossover SUV has undergone a complete redesign for this year, giving it a strong family resemblance to the smaller 2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: New Style, Same Old Hybrid System

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It's got some shots of the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry moving down the production line in Georgetown, Kentucky. Sometimes, you find information in the strangest places. Take the YouTube video, "Georgetown Plant on the 2012 Camry," apparently posted by Toyota of the Black Hills, a dealer in Rapid City, South Dakota. You can see the revised

Novelis to acquire downstream aluminum producer Aleris for ~$2.6B; meeting automotive demand, expanding into aerospace

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In 2017, Aleris opened a new state-of-the-art auto body sheet production capacity at its Lewisport, Kentucky facility. Aleris’ new automotive finishing lines in Lewisport, Kentucky, of which a significant amount of its 200kt capacity is already under contract, along with 100kt of auto capacity in Duffel, Belgium, will allow Novelis to further diversify its global footprint and customer base. Novelis Inc.,

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Cornell spin-off lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs to locate in Lexington, KY

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that start-up lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs (Nano Organic Hybrid Materials) Technologies Inc. NOHMs technology portfolio. Source: NOHMs. Click to enlarge.

DOE Lab, partners find high concentrations of rare earth elements in American coal basins

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The discovery was made in partnership with West Virginia University (WVU), the University of Kentucky (UK), Tetra Tech, and the XLight Corporation. Meanwhile, UK analyzed western Kentucky bituminous coal in the Illinois Coal Basin, and XLight Corporation investigated coal-related materials in the Eastern Pennsylvania Anthracite Region.

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Toyota Georgetown to generate electricity from landfill gas; 1MW/h initially, scaling up to 10 MW/h

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manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity—1 megawatt per hour—from methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill on 23 November, 2015. The project is a collaboration between Toyota’s Georgetown manufacturing plant and the Central Kentucky Landfill owned and operated by Waste Services of the Bluegrass. Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky.,

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New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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36 other states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadways, including other large states such as California, Florida, Texas and Ohio, and neighboring states such as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Michigan. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph (105 to 113 km/h) on rural four-lane highways, and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding.

FTA LoNo grant recipients to purchase 35 Proterra electric transit buses

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Lextran (Kentucky), one 40' Catalyst FC bus. Proterra announced that eight new and existing customers have won Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission (LoNo) Vehicle Deployment Grants. The 2016 LoNo grant winners will use their funds, a total of $22.8 million, to purchase 35 Catalyst buses, bringing Proterra’s total number of firm orders to 287 vehicles from 38 cities across the United States. With more than 2.4

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UQM receives new follow-on order from Proterra to support increased demand for electric buses

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Proterra has more than 60 buses on the road today in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Washington. UQM Technologies Inc. received a new order from electric bus maker Proterra for PowerPhase HD electric drive systems to be completed and shipped before the end of 2016.

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NSC: US motor vehicle fatalities up 9% in 1H 2016; trending toward deadliest driving year since 2007

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States that have been particularly hard hit since 2014, the start of the upward trend, are Florida (43% increase), Georgia (34%), Indiana (33%), California (31%), North Carolina (26%), Illinois (24%) and Kentucky (24%).

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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The Kentucky Multi-scale Manufacturing and Nano Integration Node, University of Louisville with partner University of Kentucky, PI: Kevin Walsh. To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

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AK Steel to purchase Precision Partners Holding Company; tooling and stamping for automotive

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Precision Partners is headquartered in Ontario, and employs more than 1,000 employees, including about 300 engineers and skilled tool makers, across eight plants in Ontario, Alabama and Kentucky. AK Steel signed an agreement to acquire Precision Partners Holding Company, a leading North American automotive market company that provides engineering, tooling, die design and hot and cold stamped steel parts, for $360 million in cash.

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Westport launches Ford F-450 and F-550 with Bi-Fuel Westport WiNG Power System

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Assembled alongside the Westport-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks at the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC), a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) audited facility, the new F-450 and F-550 trucks have undergone the same safety and durability testing used by Ford for all its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products. Westport Innovations Inc.

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Hitachi Automotive supplying Li-ion packs to Nissan for the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid

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a Hitachi Automotive Systems Group company, for assembly into the battery packs at Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas’ Kentucky plant. Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.—the

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Novelis to invest $180M to double automotive aluminum body sheet capacity at Changzhou

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Novelis’ investment in China is its second automotive investment this year, having recently announced a $300-million greenfield manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky, USA.

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Frankly, I’d Rather Be Getting Arrested with Bill McKibben Today

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There are the profits it hands to the coal industry, which is literally willing to level mountains across West Virginia and Kentucky to increase its fat margins.

New 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty features all-aluminum body

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The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late next year. Ford has introduced the new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks. Following the lead of the F-150, the new F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab feature an all-new, fully boxed frame built with more than 95% high-strength steel and a segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body.

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