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Whirlpool to Use Wind Turbines to Power Findlay Facility

FINDLAY, OH—Whirlpool Corp. is using wind energy to power its assembly plant here. Two wind turbines will supply approximately 22 percent of the plant’s electricity.


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New Material Boosts Efficiency of Solar Cells

STANFORD, CA—Researchers at Stanford University have increased the efficiency of a low-grade silicon solar cell by applying relatively cheap crystalline material, perovskite, on top of it.


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Toyota Strives to Conserve Water in Manufacturing

TOKYO—Toyota’s North American manufacturing facilities saved 93.3 million gallons of water in 2014.


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Wind Farm Powers Honda Assembly Plant

SAO PAULO, Brazil—A wind farm will power Honda’s automotive assembly plant here. Located hundreds of miles away, the farm has nine 3-megawatt turbines that are expected to generate all the electricity required for Honda’s annual production requirements.


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Landfill Gas Powers Volvo Assembly Plant

DUBLIN, VA—Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in is now completely powered by methane gas from nearby landfills.


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GM Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency

BOWLING GREEN, KY—The GM assembly plant here has met the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. The facility is one of 14 GM plants in the world to have met the energy-efficiency challenge and one of only two to have achieved the honor three times.


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Fuel Cell Manufacturer Expands in Connecticut

TORRINGTON, CT—FuelCell Energy plans to spend $65 million to expand its assembly plant here, creating up to 325 jobs over the next four years.


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More GM Plants Earn Landfill-Free Status

OSHAWA, ON—Another 11 General Motors facilities worldwide, including the automaker’s assembly plant in Ingersoll, ON, have achieved landfill-free status. All totaled, GM runs 122 landfill-free manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities around the world.


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Scientists Develop Rechargeable Battery From Alfalfa, Pine Resin

UPPSALA, Sweden—Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a rechargeable battery, made from alfalfa and pine resin, that can be recycled with a low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals.


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LEDs to Light the Way on Ford Assembly Lines

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. plans to install 25,000 energy-efficient LED light fixtures at its plants.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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