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August 27, 2020

DOE funds 13 battery projects

America's Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost US$15m in three years.

By Rhodri Morgan

America’s Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost US$15m in three years.

The call sought proposals from National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that address engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

“Manufacturing competitiveness is a priority for the Trump Administration,” said Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel Simmons.

“DOE’s investments under this opportunity will help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen US economic leadership in battery manufacturing.”

The programme will be jointly-funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office, with matching funds from the private sector and investor community. Funds will be awarded directly to the National Laboratories to support work with companies through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).

A 50/50 cost-share will be required between DOE and the private partner, which can include an in-kind contribution.

The funding opportunity is part of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a DOE-wide effort to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilisation and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain which does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials.

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