The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) is seeking input on how best to spend the government’s recent $355 million allocation for building out the nation’s lithium-ion (li-ion) battery recycling programs.
According to a press release, the DoE has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input to help guide the Department’s efforts to achieve the greatest possible impact with these funds. Specifically, the DoE’s RFI is requesting input on the types of investments necessary to accelerate the collection, transportation, processing, and recycling of batteries. The DoE is also seeking ideas on initiatives that would help foster the development of second-life applications of li-ion batteries previously used in electric vehicles.
The DoE’s funding for li-ion battery recycling programs is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed earlier this year by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by President Joseph Biden.
Comments in connection with the RFI must be filed by October 14, 2022.