Ford Motor Co. will build a new center for fuel cell development as part of an $820 million upgrade at its Toronto-area assembly operations, the company announced Oct. 29, according to the Detroit News. Anne Stevens, group vice president in charge of Ford's operations in Canada, Mexico, and South America, said the investment will not only pay for the new research center to develop new alternative fuel sources, but also provide Ford with another North American plant flexible enough to build several different models. The research center will initially be charged with advancing the development of a patented electricity-generation system created by Ford Motor Co. and Detroit Edison. First tested at Ford's Rouge assembly complex in Dearborn, the system collects fumes from a plant's paint shop and feeds the fumes into a fuel cell instead of releasing them as emissions. The fuel cell, powered by hydrocarbons in the fumes, then generates electricity for use in the plant.

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