The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) of 2021 authorized $335 million for battery recycling and second-life programs. Now the DOE is seeking information to assist in implementing the investment. Organizations interested in providing information, and/or participating in the various programs offered under the BIL, can respond between now and October 14, 2022.
“The purpose of this [request for information] is to solicit feedback from industry, manufacturers, minority-owned businesses, academia, research laboratories, institutes, government agencies, state and local officials, labor unions, Tribes, community-based organizations, environmental justice organizations, retailers and other stakeholders on issues related to design and implementation of the Battery Recycling Provisions,” says the DOE.
The DOE is requesting information on lithium-ion battery materials in consumer electronics, EVs and manufacturing scrap. It seeks guidance on the collection, transportation, sorting and processing of these lithium-ion battery materials as well as information on state and local collection programs and retail collection programs. It also seeks information on permitting for manufacturing and processing facilities, and on second-life applications.
The DOE is also asking for suggestions and considerations for expanding union jobs and meeting equity, environmental justice and energy justice priorities.