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.

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.”

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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.

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).

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

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

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.

Construction begins on DOE-sponsored carbon-capture project at Kentucky Power Plant

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Construction began on an innovative $19.5-million carbon-capture pilot, funded in part by the US Department of Energy (DOE), at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. When completed later this year, the unit will test a system conceived by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UKCAER) at slipstream-scale to capture carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from the flue gas of an operating coal-fired power plant.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

SEMPEED (Simulation of Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives) Consortium launches

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Stanley Pigman Chair in Power at University of Kentucky (UoK) in Lexington, KY. Motor Design Ltd ( MDL ) announced the official launch of the SEMPEED Consortium (Simulation of Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives) which is for academic collaborators and industrial members. The consortium is inspired by the legacy of the former SPEED Consortium, to which Dr. David Staton and Dr. Mircea Popescu of MDL were key contributors for many years.

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.

TARC rolls out six new Proterra battery-electric buses; fleet total of 15

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TARC provides public transportation in the Greater Louisville area with bus routes in Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.

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

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the transit agency for Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, will receive funding to deploy five Proterra battery-electric buses and a fast charging station.

Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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In addition to reducing SEPTA rail vehicles’ consumption of grid-supplied electrical energy by 10 to 20%, the system enables SEPTA to provide frequency regulation services on the PJM Interconnection Network, a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

SABIC introduces novel thermoplastic roof fairing concept for 3% improvement in heavy-duty truck fuel economy

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A 3D-printed version of SABIC’s aerodynamically-optimized roof fairing is on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky from 26-28 March.

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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

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

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.

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

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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. 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.

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

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By 2019, the Cambridge, Ontario plants will all be producing higher-value mid-sized vehicles, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. Other recent manufacturing expansions by Toyota in North America include: $360-million investment in Georgetown, Kentucky plant.

Allison Transmission’s powershifting twin countershaft gearbox to offer improved fuel efficiency for tractor units across entire drive cycle

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Allison Transmission has unveiled a new fully automatic 10-speed transmission for tractor units at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The novel gearbox, set to debut in North America in late 2012, has been designed specifically to maximize productivity and fuel efficiency during both cruising and stop-start operation.

University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The new hub will also unite these manufacturers with research universities, such as the University of Tennessee with its pioneering 3D printed carbon fiber research, and the University of Kentucky with the largest US open-access carbon-fiber chemistry laboratory.

Proterra electric buses pass 2M revenue-miles mark

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Proterra has 63 buses on the road today in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Washington. Proterra Inc. announced that its US fleet has surpassed two million miles of revenue service. In aggregate, Proterra has saved transit agencies across North America more than 420,000 gallons in fuel and prevented more than 7.6 million pounds of CO 2 emissions.

Defence researchers hope to make most of CO2

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Researchers at the laboratory have teamed up with colleagues from the Centre for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky to investigate the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) using a Fisher-Tropsch cobalt catalyst. Could carbon dioxide actually be put to good use? It will if the US Naval Research Laboratory has anything to do with it.

DOE project captures and stores one million metric tons of carbon

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The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, led by the Illinois State Geological Survey, is evaluating CCS options for the 60,000-square-mile Illinois Basin, which underlies most of Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Illinois Basin-Decatur Project has successfully captured and stored one million metric tons of carbon dioxide, injecting it into a deep saline formation. Earlier post.)

EIA: E85 increasingly price-competitive with gasoline on energy content basis in parts of the Midwest; mileage per dollar

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Prices represent daily average observed E85 and regular gasoline prices at the same stations in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge.

Dana introduces multi-layer steel transmission separator plates

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The MLS transmission separator plates were developed at Dana’s technical center in Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, Germany, and will be produced at its facilities in Neu-Ulm, and Danville, Kentucky. Dana Holding Corporation has developed multi-layer steel (MLS) transmission separator plates capable of withstanding three times the sealing pressures of current products in the light-vehicle market.

Westport and GM in 2nd agreement for advanced engineering development of natural gas LDVs

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To support OEM programs that will enable personal and commercial vehicles to run on natural gas, Westport Light Duty has recently established The Michigan Technical Center in Plymouth, and has opened an assembly centre in Louisville, Kentucky. Westport Innovations Inc. has entered into an additional agreement with General Motors for a second advanced technology development program.

13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that he and 12 other governors sent a letter to the CEOs of 19 auto companies encouraging them to manufacture vehicles that use natural gas. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov.

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.

Westport WiNG bi-fuel CNG systems for Ford F-250 and 350 Series

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Engineered at the new Westport technical center in Plymouth Michigan, WiNG Power Systems will be installed at the Westport manufacturing facility adjacent to the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, in Louisville. Westport launched its new Westport WiNG Power System at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show. A fully-integrated, CNG bi-fuel system, the WiNG Power System is based on Ford’s new 6.2L