SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 26, 2021 – The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) today announced a $2 million lithium-ion (Li-ion) recycling development program, “Strategic Collaboration for the Development of a Self-Sustaining Model for the Recycling of Large-Format Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries,” with American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) in Fernley, Nevada.
The contract award, which includes a 75 percent cost share by the ABTC-led project team, funds a 30-month project that begins this month. The program’s goal is to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for the universal recycling of Li-ion batteries in coordination with partners in the battery supply chain.
USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that advance commercialization of next generation electrified vehicle applications. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress. For more information, visit www.uscar.org/usabc.
“This battery recycling program with ABTC is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development program,” said Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”
The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office plays a leading role to decarbonize the transportation sector and address the climate crisis by driving innovation within and deployment of clean transportation technologies. To learn more about the Department’s work with industry, academia, and other partners on advanced vehicle technologies, please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office website http://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office.
USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Stellantis. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit www.uscar.org.
All USCAR Member companies have joined in becoming signatories of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI, now part of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI) Declaration of Support.