Automotive Consortium Seeks Bid for Recycled Battery Technology

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The Big Three’s collaborative organization, the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium, is looking for business proposals for the development of an advanced battery cell using recovered active materials from recycled, end-of-vehicle-life lithium-ion batteries.

The RFP is aimed at developers with lithium-ion cell recycling technologies that has the capability of meeting the consortium’s goals for hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and/or electric vehicle applications.

All developers submitting proposals for the consortium will be required to have demonstration hardware and test results available. Applicants also will be required to submit a detailed schedule that would culminate in recycling technology commercialization by calendar years 2020 to 2025.

In addition, the automakers are asking that prospective partners share costs of at least 50 percent. Submissions are due March 28. To obtain further details, visit uscar.org/usabc. Developers may also contact Eric Heim, business manager at USABC, at eric@eheimconsulting.com.  

Last month, the consortium — enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy — awarded a contract to Hayward, Calif.-based Seeo Inc. for a technology assessment program focusing on testing the company’s advanced elevated-operating-temperature solid polymer battery modules.​

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