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GM gets $2.6M grant to convert engine heat

October 26, 2009

GM gets $2.6M grant to convert engine heat

The Detroit News

General Motors Co. today received a $2.6 million federal grant to develop technology that will let the automaker convert waste heat from car engines into electricity, and boost vehicle efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy grant was one of 37 advanced energy research projects announced today. GM will work on the technology at its Technical Center in Warren.

"There is so much potential in Michigan’s engineering base, car companies and universities to develop new and innovative ways to make our vehicles more energy efficient," said U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak. "Today’s announcement reaffirms that the federal government will be an active partner in providing the seed money needed to launch these technologies forward."

The grant was among $151 million in projects awarded today.

Michigan State University received a $2.5 million grant to develop the wave disc engine, which could replace generators used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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