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GM, DOE TO COOPERATE ON AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 GM, DOE TO COOPERATE ON AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Energy has announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with General Motors-Saginaw Division and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop more energy-efficient materials in the production of automotive parts.
 DOE's Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy, J. Michael Davis, said, "This CRADA is the first product of our very successful interaction between the national laboratories and General Motors at the GM-sponsored 'garage show' held in Detroit last month.
 "Working together, we have taken DOE's first CRADA with a major automobile manufacturer from conception to approval in three weeks' time," Davis noted.
 The Department of Energy, through its Office of Industrial Technologies, will contribute $650,000 towards the two and one-half year project, while General Motors' contribution will total $630,000.
 Successful development will enable a more energy-efficient manufacturing process for producing automotive parts, with an increase in throughput (the ability to put materials through the furnace) and a reduction in component cost due to the improved tool life.
 The CRADA will concentrate on improvements in the casting process and possible modification of the alloy to optimize its performance and improve manufacturing flexibility.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Hart of Department of Energy, 202-586-5806/ CO: Department of Energy; General Motors ST: District of Columbia IN: AUT SU:


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