The Battery Recycling Prize is an opportunity for anyone interested in accelerating ideas and solutions. It is designed to strengthen and scale the very best ideas and teams through three progressive phases.
The three phases of contests will fast-track efforts to find innovative solutions to solve current challenges associated with collecting, sorting, storing, and transporting spent/discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling.
Applicants have the option of applying to a single track or multiple tracks that have been identified as barriers in this challenge. The five tracks are: collection, separating and sorting, safe storage and transportation, reverse logistics, and other ideas. (Reverse logistics is the process of moving goods from their typical final destinations in order to capture value or for proper disposal.) Tracks are not meant to encompass all the challenges associated with increasing the volume of the lithium-ion battery recycling supply chain, but to offer pathways to approach the challenges. The five possible tracks are further explained below:
Competitors are entrepreneurial individuals or teams, legally residing or based in the United States, who are scientists, researchers, business owners, students, university faculty members, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform ideas into impactful realities.
Refer to the following document for information about the rules for Phase I of the competition:
Yes, but it’s quick and easy. Just click the “Accept Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. All you need to provide is your name and email address.
If you have a question not answered in the FAQ, we recommend that you post it in the Forum where someone will respond to you. This way, others who may have the same question will be able to see it.
Or, you may contact a challenge administrator directly at BatteryRecyclingPrize@nrel.gov
Unfortunately, a national laboratory cannot compete. But individuals from a national laboratory can win an award provided he/she is NOT competing in an official capacity of the laboratory.
No, if you are a contest winner you are receiving the prize for meeting or exceeding the contest goals.
If you encounter an issue when attempting to submit an entry to the challenge, you may need to contact HeroX or the Prize Administrator.
You may try to connect with HeroX using the online form which appears in the bottom right corner of your browser window, it says Leave a Message.
You may also send a message to the Prize Administrator inbox at email@example.com.
Please allow at least 1 business day for a response.
The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office and administered and executed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
No. Lead-acid batteries are already collected and recycled at a rate of 99%. However, lithium-ion batteries are only collected and recycled at a rate of less than 5% so we are looking for innovative ideas to cost effectively and efficiently recycle critical materials from lithium-ion batteries.
Yes. We encourage you to promote your technology to schools, battery companies, local electronics organizations and other technical outlets.
For Phase I, yes, you may submit one solution that focuses on one of the tracks.
Both U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply as individuals. In the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. All business entities must be incorporated in the United States and conduct any work on the prize in the United States. As authority to conduct this prize comes from a U.S. statute (15 U.S.C. 3719), the rules must comply with the eligibility requirements contained in the statute.
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