The Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Program is designed to award grants for research, development, and demonstration projects to create innovative and practical approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of batteries.

Overview:

Office:

Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains

 

New Program:

Yes

Funding amount:

$125,000,000

Funding Mechanism:

Grants

Recipients:

  1. An institution of higher education
  2. A National Laboratory
  3. A Federal research agency
  4. A State research agency
  5. A nonprofit organization
  6. An industrial entity
  7. A manufacturing entity
  8. A private battery-collection entity
  9. An entity operating 1 or more battery recycling activities
  10. A State or municipal government entity
  11. A battery producer
  12. A battery retailer
  13. A consortium of 2 or more entities described in clauses 1 through 12

Period of Availability:

Available until expended

More Information:

Eligible Uses

Research, development, and demonstration to address

  1. Recycling activities
  2. The development of methods to promote the design and production of batteries that take into full account and facilitate the dismantling, reuse, recovery, and recycling of battery components and materials
  3. Strategies to increase consumer acceptance of, and participation in, the recycling of batteries
  4. The extraction or recovery of critical minerals from batteries that are recycled
  5. The integration of increased quantities of recycled critical minerals in batteries and other products to develop markets for recycled battery materials and critical minerals
  6. Safe disposal of waste materials and components recovered during the recycling process
  7. The protection of the health and safety of all persons involved in, or in proximity to, recycling and reprocessing activities, including communities located near recycling and materials reprocessing facilities
  8. Mitigation of environmental impacts that arise from recycling batteries, including disposal of toxic reagents and byproducts related to recycling processes
  9. Protection of data privacy associated with collected covered battery-containing products
  10. The optimization of the value of material derived from recycling batteries
  11. The cost-effectiveness and benefits of the reuse and recycling of batteries and critical minerals.

Next Milestone

Estimated application opening date, 4th quarter 2022.

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