Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of Energy awarded $2.8 billion in funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 21 industry-led projects to boost domestic battery manufacturing, processing, and recycling.
“These projects demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to securing the entire critical mineral and battery value chain,” noted Abigail Wulf, Vice President of SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy. “The investments made in battery material processing today will aid in our ability to more cleanly and efficiently recycle spent batteries in the future, as EVs gain market share and more old batteries become available. Today’s announcement is another important step towards reducing America’s dependence on unreliable sources for key energy and transportation materials and components.”
During this congressional session, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, along with the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS Act, made landmark investments in America’s energy, transportation, infrastructure, and supply chain challenges. Many of the provisions reflected long-standing SAFE and Electrification Coalition priorities and input by our staff and private sector partners.
SAFE applauds the awards given to all applicants, but especially SAFE partners Talon Metals and Applied Materials, who will help build capacity in cathode production and electrodes in the United States. The full list of awardees can be found here.
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