Author: US DOE Staff     Published: 8/24/2023     EERE

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Funding Opportunities


Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a notice of intent to provide up to $37 million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to advance electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling, transportation, and design. As of July 2023, more than 3.9 million plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in America, with more than half of those sold since President Biden took office. With the demand for EVs and stationary energy storage projected to increase the lithium battery market by as much as ten-fold by 2030, it is essential to invest in sustainable, reduced-cost recycling of lithium batteries in support of a secure, resilient, and circular domestic supply chain for critical materials.

Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supports research, development, and demonstration of second-life applications for batteries once used to power EVs, and new technologies and processes for recycling, reclaiming, and adding materials back to the materials supply chain. The anticipated funding would advance solutions for reducing the costs associated with battery recycling through technologies, processes, and designs that facilitate transport, disassembly, and preprocessing of end-of-life EV batteries, and address recycling of EV battery accessory components.

Read the Notice of Intent.

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