Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Applications Program
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
To improve the recycling rates and second-use adoption rates of electric vehicle batteries; to optimize the design and adaptability of electric vehicle batteries to make electric vehicle batteries more easily recyclable; to establish alternative supply chains for critical materials that are found in electric vehicle batteries; to reduce the cost of manufacturing, installation, purchase, operation, and maintenance of electric vehicle batteries; to improve the environmental impact of electric vehicle battery recycling processes.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, National Laboratories, nonprofit and for-profit private entities, state and local governments, and consortia of these entities.
Battery recycling would reduce the need for carbon-intensive battery manufacturing and increase the supply of useable batteries, thereby enabling widespread electrification.
In awarding grants under the Secretary shall give priority to projects that are located in geographically diverse regions of the United States and support the development or demonstration of projects in economically distressed areas.
To better understand potential pathways for battery second use, check out NREL's ongoing research: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/battery-second-use.html
DOE highlights two key topic areas: 1. Advanced Materials Separation, Scale-Up, and Reintegration for Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling for the Battery Supply Chain 2. Second Use Scale-Up Demonstration Projects