Research Firm Wins $4 Million Grant

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Kentucky has the highest concentration and diversity of aluminum industry in the world, with 142 facilities and more than $5 billion in shipments. Two cans in every six-pack sold in the United States are made from Kentucky aluminum.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2004) -- A $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy was recently awarded to Secat Inc., a Kentucky aluminum research and testing firm to improve energy efficiency in the aluminum industry.

Secat, located in the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus, is leading the study, which involves nine aluminum companies, two national research laboratories, and UK. Over a three-year period, these partners will develop processes to reduce the amount of energy needed to melt aluminum, thereby reducing energy costs and benefiting the environment by producing less waste.

Kentucky has the highest concentration and diversity of aluminum industry in the world, with 142 facilities and more than $5 billion in shipments. Two cans in every six-pack sold in the United States are made from Kentucky aluminum.

With the explosive growth of the Kentucky automotive industry – a 35 percent job increase since 1995 – the need for aluminum continues to grow. This relationship between the automotive and aluminum industries provides a powerful driving force for Kentucky’s economy and job growth.

Aluminum processing consumes large amounts of energy, and the industry is always searching for ways to reduce that demand. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technology Program, which seeks to improve the energy efficiency of industries in the nation, provided the grant for this research.

Secat Inc., which provides expertise in energy usage and reduction, was established to facilitate research and development of innovative technology and products for the aluminum industry. Secat partners with aluminum companies across the country, including UK’s Center for Aluminum Technology, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Division of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Energy-National Laboratories. For more information, see the Secat Web site at www.secat.net or phone (859) 514-4989.


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