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DOE's Granholm: Investments "will allow more Americans to benefit from lithium batteries"

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The U.S. Department of Energy issued of a request for information for $335 million in investments into lithium-ion battery recycling programs.

The focus of the sponsored programs is on fortifying domestic battery recycling and establishing a stronger battery supply chain, according to an Aug. 29 news release. The investment funding will be provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in August.

“Battery recycling doesn’t just remove harmful waste from our environment; it also strengthens domestic manufacturing by placing used materials back into the supply chain,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in the release. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making big investments in our clean energy and transportation future and securing our supply chain here at home will allow more Americans to benefit from the many clean technologies powered by lithium batteries.”

This builds on the department's May 2022 announcement of $3.16 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with $3.1 billion dedicated to the refining of battery materials and production plants, battery cell and pack manufacturing facilities and recycling facilities, according to the release. The remaining $60 million went to supporting second-life applications for batteries formerly used for powering electric vehicles, as well as new processes for recycling materials back into the battery supply chain.

"Starting off the week right, with more progress on clean energy!" White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said in an Aug. 29 post on Twitter. "@Interior advanced review of the Revolution Wind project offshore Rhode Island. @ENERGY launched Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's $335M battery recycling programs. New $4.4 billion EV battery plant on the way."

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