Issue: May 2015


RFPI TO DEVELOP ADVANCED BATTERY CELL FROM ACTIVE MATERIALS IN RECYCLED Li-ION BATTERIES



by Jon Knox

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has reissued its request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of an advanced battery cell using recovered active materials from recycled, end-of-vehicle-life lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

The RFPI, which will remain active indefinitely to prompt more submissions from individual developers as well as collaborative R&D/supplier teams, is aimed at those having Li-ion cell recycling technologies and the ability to incorporate recovered active materials into a Li-ion cell that has the capability of meeting the USABC goals for hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric and/or electric vehicle applications as listed on the USABC website.  Resulting contracts will include a 50 percent minimum cost share.

The proposed research and development approach is to develop an advanced Li-ion cell with a meaningful portion of reclaimed and reused active materials from end-of-life hybrid/electric vehicle cells. The intent is to reach beyond recovered materials that already have high recycling value, such as cells employing lithium cobalt oxide.

All developers submitting viable proposals 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.

For complete and detailed information on the RFPI for the “Development of a Cell Using Recovered Active Materials from End-of-Vehicle-Life Li-ion Batteries,” visit the USABC pages of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) website at www.uscar.org/usabc. In addition, developers may contact Eric Heim, USABC business manager, at eric@eheimconsulting.com.  

USABC is a subsidiary of USCAR.  Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.  In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.

About USCAR
                                                                                                                      
Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. 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 USCAR’s website at www.uscar.org



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