University of Louisville researchers working on new HER catalysts for water-splitting; $1M from NSF, DOE

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Researchers at the University of Louisville are developing new catalyst materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction in water splitting, where the bond between hydrogen (H 2 ) and oxygen is released. The current catalyst used in electrolyzers for the production of H 2 from water is platinum, which is very expensive. This research tests materials that are inexpensive, abundant and sustainable, mirroring the process used by plants and bacteria to split water for food production.to

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

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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), serving the Greater Louisville area, has begun adding six new all-electric Proterra buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations.

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

Ford’s EcoBoost engines rocket to 500,000

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The 500,000th engine was fitted into a 2013 Ford Escape that rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. Just three years since the launch of its EcoBoost technology, and Ford is celebrating meeting a significant milestone, reaching 500,000 EcoBoost engines since launch in 2009.

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. Waste Management collaborated with PetroCard to develop this CNG fueling station in Louisville.

Pioneer Natural Resources adding 225 bi-fuel Westport WiNG natural gas F250s to fleet

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Westport LD recently officially opened the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC) in Louisville where the natural gas WiNG power systems are installed on Ford F250 and F350 bi-fuel pickup trucks. To support a variety of OEM programs that will enable personal and commercial vehicles to run on natural gas, Westport LD has recently established the assembly center in Louisville, and the Michigan Technical Center in Detroit.

Ford hits 5-million mark with EcoBoost engines

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The 2-millionth EcoBoost engine rolled off the line at Louisville in October 2013. Late last week, the 5-millionth vehicle with a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford had celebrated the production of its 500,000 th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle les than three years ago. A Ford Focus equipped with 1.0-liter turbocharged engine represents the 5-millionth Ford EcoBoost engine produced.

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Venchurs CNG aggressively prices 6.2L CNG conversions

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Vehicles can be ordered using Venchurs’ ship-thru in Louisville, KY, or its remote ship-thru in Adrian, MI. Venchurs Vehicle Systems, a Qualified Vehicle Modifier of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company, will offer 6.2L F-250 and F-350 CNG conversions (bi-fuel and dedicated) with a 23.5GGE system utilizing the new 3M tank, all priced at $8,350. The company says this is the industry leading price point for such as system.

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Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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The launches come on the heels of several other recent successes for Proterra, including recently setting the record for the most miles traveled by a battery-electric bus in a day (710 miles (1,142 km) in 24 hours), key contract wins in Nashville and Louisville and the purchase of additional Proterra buses by existing customers. Proterra Inc.

Ford to expand 3-Wet Paint capacity by 50% globally in 2013

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and Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky. Ford Motor Company is expanding its 3-Wet paint ( earlier post ) capacity by 50% this year, adding the more environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO 2 emissions by an estimated 15-25% at those facilities.

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ConMet and Protean Electric partner to develop electric in-wheel drive system for the commercial vehicle market

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ConMet will feature the new electrified hub in its booth at the MidAmerica Trucking Show 23-25 March 23-25 2017 in Louisville, KY. Consolidated Metco, a leading global supplier of components to the commercial vehicle market, and Protean Electric, the manufacturer of ProteanDRIVE in-wheel motors, are partnering to develop an electric in-wheel drive system to provide hybrid-electric solutions for the medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets.

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The BMW Group and Solid Power partner to drive solid-state battery adoption in EVs

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The battery developer recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility in Louisville, Colorado. The BMW Group is partnering with Solid Power , a developer of solid-state rechargeable batteries, in a joint effort to develop Solid Power’s solid-state batteries for electric vehicle applications. In this effort, the BMW Group will assist Solid Power to advance its technology in order to achieve performance levels required for high-performance electric vehicles.

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Ford advancing 3D sand printing

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Escape: EcoBoost four-cylinder engines in the 2013 Escape built at Louisville Assembly Plant. 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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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.

New 4-cylinder 2.3L EcoBoost on Lincoln MKC small SUV; future EcoBoost prospects

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Production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC will begin in the second quarter of 2014 at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky. Lincoln MKC is the first to get the new 2.3L EcoBoost. Click to enlarge.

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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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Louisville, Ky.; 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 further cements its leadership in the alternative fuel market while continuing to reduce its environmental footprint with this more than $90 million investment in natural gas.

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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).

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

PM2.5 pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young non-smoking adults

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co-author, University of Louisville. Fine particulate matter air pollution (PM 2.5 ) may be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation among young, healthy adults, according to new research in Circulation Research , an American Heart Association journal. Air pollution is known to contribute to cardiovascular disease and related deaths.

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Honeywell to support development of AliphaJet process for renewable jet fuel

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The development of the AliphaJet process was led by Dr. Ravi Randhava in collaboration with Dr. Paul Ratnasamy at the University of Louisville. Honeywell will invest engineering services and equipment to accelerate the deployment of AliphaJet’s catalytic method for making jet biofuel from renewable products such as plant and animal triglycerides and/or fatty acids. Earlier post.).

NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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University of Louisville, and 23 others. A team led by the University of Louisville will develop and refine a “layerwise certification standard” for additive manufacturing. The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding grants totaling $7.4 million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM).

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ZEON to introduce new anode and cathode binders for Li-Ion batteries

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ZEON CORPORATION is one of the top producers of polymers, with plants in Asia, North America and Europe, and Research and Development laboratories in Kawasaki (Japan), Louisville (KY, USA) and Barry (UK). ZEON Corporation and its North American subsidiary, Zeon Chemicals, L.P., will introduce their newest grades of anode and cathode binders for Li-ion batteries at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held January 2011 in Pasadena, California.

Ford to invest $400M in Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of a new vehicle

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Ford Motor Company will build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete. Ford will invest $400 million in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. In addition, the company has committed to retain 3,750 full-time jobs at the plant—consistent with current employment levels.

UPS to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents a year of renewable natural gas from Big Ox Energy; largest RNG commitment to date

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Louisville, Ky.; UPS announced an agreement with Big Ox Energy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Environmental Energy Capital LLC) to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year. This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company, and the agreement runs through 2024. Use of RNG yields up to a 90% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.

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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.

DOE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute awards ~$10M to 10 projects

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University of Louisville. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute ( CESMII ) will award nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable US manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation.

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Ford to import next-gen Ford Focus for N. America from China; production starting 2H 2019

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The $900-million investment secures 1,000 jobs for hourly workers at the Louisville plant. Ford announced a series of global manufacturing actions centered on improving the company’s operational fitness, among them that it would source the next-generation Ford Focus for North America primarily from China, rather than Hermosillo, Mexico. Production of the next-generation Focus begins in the second half of 2019, with models coming from the company’s existing Focus plants globally.

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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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ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery technology

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of Louisville, Colo., The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. Solid Power licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will enable development of more energy-dense batteries.

UPS Deploys 200 More Hybrid Delivery Trucks

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Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight US cities. Earlier post.). The 200 new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) join roughly 20,000 low-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use and have been deployed in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C.,

Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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Louisville Assembly Plant (US): Recently replaced parking lot asphalt with pervious paving blocks to manage stormwater runoff, helping protect nearby bodies of freshwater. Ford has reduced the average amount of water used to make each of its vehicles by 8.5% between 2011 and 2012—putting the company more than halfway toward its current goal of using an average of 4 cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015.

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Walmart showcases WAVE tractor-trailer at MATS; micro-turbine range extended electric vehicle with 45.5 kWh Li-ion pack

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Walmart showcased its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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New catalytic decarboxylation process for converting fatty acids to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels; initial focus on biojet

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The development of the AliphaJet process was led by Dr. Ravi Randhava in collaboration with Dr. Paul Ratnasamy at the University of Louisville. Overview of AliphaJet process. Click to enlarge. AliphaJet , Inc., a collaborative venture between SynGest Inc.

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EPA Awards $20M in Recovery Act Funding for Clean Diesel Finance Program

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Louisville Jefferson Metro County Government: $2 million for a revolving loan program to replace, repower or retrofit older construction, agricultural and other nonroad diesel equipment. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three recovery act grants totaling $20 million in funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program. These recovery act grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment.

HEI ACES study of lifetime animal exposure to New Technology Diesel Engine exhaust finds no lung cancer

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Other ancillary studies were led by Dr. Jeffrey Bemis, of Litron Laboratories, Rochester, New York; Dr. Lance Hallberg, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas; and Dr. Daniel Conklin, of the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. The first study to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of lifetime exposure to new technology diesel exhaust (NTDE)—i.e.,

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

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The Carbon Management Research Group comprises government agencies, electric utilities, and research organizations; current members include LG&E and KU Energy (Louisville, Ky), Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC), American Electric Power, and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. 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.

Cummins Emission Solutions introduces next-gen aftertreatment system EcoFit Single Module

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will introduce the first of its next generation of ultra-high efficiency aftertreatment systems, the EcoFit Single Module, at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on 26 March. EcoFit Single Module. Click to enlarge. Cummins Emission Solutions, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc.,

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Honda-Led Research Team Devises Method to Control Growth of Nanotubes with Metallic Conductivity

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in conjunction with researchers at Purdue University and the University of Louisville, has developed a method for controllably growing carbon nanotubes with metallic conductivity. Carbon nanotubes are preferentially grown by controlling the shape and size of the catalyst.

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Westport acquires Clean Energy’s BAF natural gas vehicle business for $25M

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Currently, Westport exclusively installs the natural gas Westport WiNG Power System on the Ford F-250 through F-550 series at its assembly center in Louisville, KY. Natural gas engine company Westport Innovations Inc. has acquired BAF Technologies, Inc. BAF) and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering, Inc. subsidiaries of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., for $25 million in Westport stock. Westport and Clean Energy also announced a $5-million joint marketing and sales program.

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

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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. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected 10 projects that will receive a share of $55 million in competitive grants that will help put a new generation of zero-emission buses on the road.

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Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

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The published findings were a result of collaboration between researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southampton, National Institutes of Health, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Boston University, University of Florida-Gainesville and the University of Louisville.

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Maxwell Technologies introduces ultracapacitor-based engine start module for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles

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The new product, designed to complement batteries, was first displayed in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is introducing a 12-volt ultracapacitor module that ensures reliable engine starting for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles. Maxwell developed the engine start module incorporating its patented ultracapacitor technology in consultation with heavy truck manufacturers and fleet operators.

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