$1M Federal Grant Recharges Neighborhood 91

Funding will pay for solar, battery energy storage at airport’s AM campus

By Matt Neistein

Published April 1, 2024

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Neighborhood 91, the unique advanced manufacturing (AM) campus at Pittsburgh International Airport, will charge ahead with an upgraded energy network thanks to a new federal grant.

Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman led the Pennsylvania congressional delegation in earmarking $117 million for projects across the commonwealth in a federal “minibus” appropriations bill, and $1 million of that amount will help pay for renewable and resilient solar and battery energy storage at Neighborhood 91.

“More and more, Pittsburgh International Airport is being recognized for our leadership role in the energy space,” said Vince Gastgeb, Chief Corporate and Government Affairs Officer.

“This investment will allow Neighborhood 91 to reflect the progress we have seen elsewhere on our campus. Our first-of-its-kind AM campus will be a legacy for Western Pennsylvania, so we thank our federal delegation for seeing the impact that an investment in renewable and resilient energy can have on its growth,” Gastgeb said.

The federal funding will address gaps in accelerating the adoption of sustainable power sources in AM, supporting PIT’s role as a national leader in sustainable, advanced manufacturing processes using solar to power a metals production campus.

Ultimately, the airport’s goal is to help mitigate the effects of climate change and enable more sustainable ways of parts production while onshoring good-paying jobs that support families in the region.

Neighborhood 91 is the world’s first end-to-end additive manufacturing production campus that provides all the elements of advanced manufacturing in one location. Adjacent to four runways at PIT, it has the potential for rapid part deployment for customers around the world.

The concept is based on co-locating capital resources at the core of the development. It houses a complete end-to-end additive supply chain ranging from powders to production, testing, analysis and delivery. Neighborhood 91 tenants gain efficiencies in production, cost savings from on-demand printing, and access to a major international airport.

Companies in Neighborhood 91 share infrastructural efficiencies, including storage for powder materials, such as stainless steel and aluminum.

Neighborhood 91 is part of the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus, a 195-acre site developed on the west end of the airport’s 8,800-acre property.

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