The bipartisan infrastructure bill will fund programs to support domestic battery manufacturing and recycling to meet growing needs for electric vehicles and storage.
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released two notices of intent to provide $2.91 billion to help produce advanced batteries critical to the future of fast-growing clean energy industries, including electric vehicles and energy storage systems, as noted. under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The Department intends to fund battery recycling and material manufacturing plants, cell and battery pack manufacturing facilities, and recycling businesses that create high-paying clean energy jobs. Funding, expected to be available in the coming months, will enable the US to produce batteries and the materials they contain to improve economic competitiveness, energy independence and national security.
In June 2021, the US Department of Energy released the 100-Day Battery Supply Chain Review pursuant to Executive Order 14017, US Supply Chain. The review recommends establishing domestic manufacturing and processing facilities for key materials to support a complete domestic end-to-end battery supply chain. President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act earmarked nearly $7 billion to strengthen the U.S. battery supply chain, which includes the production and processing of critical minerals without new mining or extraction, and the purchase of materials for domestic production.
“As the popularity of electric vehicles and trucks grows in the US and around the world, we must seize the opportunity to produce advanced batteries domestically — the heart of this growing industry,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With bipartisan infrastructure laws, we have the potential to create a thriving battery supply chain in the United States.”
With the global lithium-ion battery market expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, the US Department of Energy is providing an opportunity to prepare the US for market demand. Responsible and sustainable domestic sourcing of key materials used to make lithium-ion batteries, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite, will help close the supply chain gap and accelerate battery production in the US.
Watch: First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kelly Speaks-Backman explains why sustainable battery supply chains are critical to achieving President Biden’s decarbonization goals.
Funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law will allow the Department of Energy to support the establishment of new, modified and expanded domestic battery recycling facilities, as well as the production of battery materials, battery components, and battery manufacturing. Read the full Notice of Intent.
The funding will also support research, development and demonstration of the recycling of batteries once used to power electric vehicles, as well as new processes to recycle, recycle and add materials back into the battery supply chain. Read the full Notice of Intent.
Both of these upcoming opportunities are aligned with the National Lithium Battery Project, which was launched last year by the Federal Advanced Battery Alliance and is co-led by the US Department of Energy along with the Departments of Defense, Commerce and State. The plan details ways to fairly secure domestic battery supplies and accelerate the development of a strong and reliable domestic industrial base by 2030.
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Post time: Aug-23-2022