DOE Funding Opportunity to Advance Battery Recycling Technology

Last updated: 12 December 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $192 million funding opportunity for recycling batteries from consumer products, launching an advanced battery R&D consortium and the continuation of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, which began in 2019. This funding supports the administration's goal to have EVs make up half of all vehicle sales in America by 2030.
Consumer Electronics Battery Recycling, Reprocessing, and Battery Collection FOA:
This opportunity authorises $125 million in funding, provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to grow and secure America’s battery supply chain. Topic areas funded through this opportunity will: 

  • Develop and implement education and/or behaviour change campaigns to increase participation by consumers in existing battery recycling programs;
  • Improve the economics of recycling consumer electronics batteries to spur greater market demand for battery recycling;
  • Assist states and local governments in establishing or enhancing battery collection, recycling and reprocessing programs;
  • Help retailers implement programs to collect, sort, store and transport consumer electronics batteries. 

Advanced Battery R&D Consortium FOA:
Up to $60 million in funding is authorised to convene major U.S. manufacturers of electric vehicles, universities, National Laboratory partners, mineral and material suppliers and other key battery stakeholders to address critical battery needs for the next phase of EV commercialisation.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Funding:
The DOE announces $7.4 million to fund a new Breakthrough Contest for industry entrepreneurs, as well as Phase IV of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize that was launched in 2019. The Prize funds innovative solutions to collecting, sorting, storing, and transporting spent and discarded lithium-ion batteries. 

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