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EPA Study Focuses On How to Make Greener EV Batteries

May 16, 2013

EPA Design for the Environment

At the end of April the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a report on the environmental lifecycle assessment of the lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles, with an eye to helping battery manufacturers choose safer materials and processes. The report, in the words of EPA officials, “also reviews the potential impacts of a nanotechnology innovation that could improve battery performance.”

Developed in partnership with the Dept. of Energy, the lithium-ion battery industry, and academics, the report is part of the EPA’s under-radar Design for the Environment (DFE) Program. The program was established in 1992 to “encourage businesses to incorporate  environmental concerns into their business decisions,” according to the EPA study. Read More

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EASTEC 2013 Video: Interview with Ted Bauer of Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership

May 16, 2013

IMT Career Journal is live at EASTEC 2013, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Over 14,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors have gathered in West Springfield, Mass., for one of the largest metal fabricating and machining trade shows on the East Coast, which runs May 14-16. In addition to the showcase of cutting-edge technologies that will sustain U.S. manufacturing in the 21st century, this year's EASTEC has a focus on education and the skills gap. Read More