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Research and Development of High-Value Recycling Pathways for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Grants to California Businesses and Public Entities for Environmental
Research Addressing Eligible Types of Batteries

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Grants to California businesses and public entities for environmental research addressing eligible types of batteries. Funding is intended for development and research into the recycling process, the reuse of materials into the battery manufacturing process, and informing scale-up and future commercialization efforts to establish direct recycling capacity within the State. Projects must address lithium-ion batteries.

This solicitation builds from previous investments to fund multidisciplinary applied research and development projects with the goals of: 1) improving lithium-ion battery direct recycling processes, 2) demonstrating pathways for incorporation of recycled materials into battery manufacturing, and 3) informing scale-up and future commercialization efforts to establish direct recycling capacity in California.

All proposals are required to address each of the following interrelated solicitation objectives:

  1. Improve, scale-up, and advance the technology readiness levels of direct recycling processes for recovery of high-value materials from used lithium-ion batteries in California;
  2. Evaluate the performance (e.g., capacity, voltage, efficiency) and degradation (e.g., capacity and/or power fade) of batteries made with the recycled materials recovered from the improved process relative to batteries produced from virgin materials; and
  3. Conduct economic and environmental analyses that identify potential benefits from the improved recycling process and inform future research and commercialization efforts.

Further details of the objectives can be found in the Application Manual, starting on page 8. See Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194171

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The minimum funding amount for each project is $1,000,000. The maximum funding amount is $2,000,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. 20 In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) that conduct intrastate business in California are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval at an CEC Business Meeting. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in beginning the proposed project(s) (should the application be successful). For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office via its website at Sole proprietors using a fictitious business name must be registered with the appropriate county and provide evidence of registration to the CEC prior to their project being recommended for approval at an CEC Business Meeting.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-20-308 - Research and Development of High-Value Recycling Pathways for Lithium-Ion Batteries
January 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only

CEC staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely, consistent with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 and the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to encourage physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Applicants may attend the workshop via the internet (Zoom, see instructions below), or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed on the link below.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Solicitation Release: January 6, 2021
- Pre-Application Workshop: January 21, 2021 10:00 a.m.
- Deadline for Written Questions: January 28, 2021 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of February 15, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Applications:March 15, 2021 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date:April 27, 2021
- Anticipated Energy Commission Business Meeting Date: August 11, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: September, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2025

Applicants may ask questions at the Pre-Application Workshop, and may submit written questions via mail, electronic mail, and by FAX. However, all technical questions must be received by the deadline listed in the “Key Activities Schedule” above. Questions received after the deadline may be answered at the CEC's discretion. Non-technical questions (e.g., questions concerning application format requirements or attachment instructions) may be submitted to the Commission Agreement Officer (CAO) at any time prior the application deadline.

Electronic files submitted via e-mail will not be accepted.

Match funding is not required for this solicitation. However, applications that include match funding will receive additional points during the scoring phase

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The preferred method of delivery for this solicitation is the Energy Commission Grant Solicitation System, available at:

Due to COVID-19, applications submitted in hard copy will only be accepted via U.S. Mail, Federal Express (FedEx), or United Parcel Service (UPS). In order to be consistent with orders and recommendations from state and local officials to encourage physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, in-person delivery of applications will not be allowed.

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:

Crystal Presley-Willis Commission Agreement Officer

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California, 95814
Telephone: (916) 827-9247
FAX: (916) 654-4423


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