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.
The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize competition consists of three progressive phases. View the official rules for Phase I. The rules for Phase II and Phase III will be available at a later date.
Watch this informational webinar for an overview of the rules, goals, timing, and submission tracks for the prize.
Eligible teams/participants can participate in and submit innovations for multiple prize tracks; however, eligible teams/participants are required to select a single track per submission and are limited to one solution per submission. Eligible teams/participants who would like to apply to multiple tracks need to submit separate solution packages for each track to which they apply.