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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize

Identify innovative solutions for collecting, sorting, storing, and transporting spent lithium-ion batteries.
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$5.5 million in total prizes
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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize

Innovation happens when the right resources, people, and passion come together to address a challenge. With the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, teams of creative individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses will advance conceptual solutions to prototypes and finally to pilot validations to address challenges with the lithium-ion battery recycling supply chain. The goal of this phased prize competition is to develop and demonstrate processes that, when scaled, have the potential to capture 90% of all discarded or spent lithium-ion batteries in the United States for eventual recovery of key materials for re-introduction into the supply chain.

 

Prize Continuation

Continuation of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize will leverage funds authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to administer and award a total of $7.4 million in cash prizes and voucher support to prize participants over the next 3 years, approximately. This continuation is designed to bolster participation from new competitors while providing additional support to Phase III winning teams.

 

Breakthrough Competition

This new public contest aims to incentivize new submissions from battery industry entrepreneurs that demonstrate innovative solutions that work toward or deliver on the goal of the prize, while continuing to support the further development of Phase III winning solutions. This phase consists of two simultaneous competition tracks:

  • Track 1: New Competitors —Legal business entities based in the United States with single process ideas, partial solutions or full concept solutions that enable or meet the prize goal. Track 1 is open to new participants and previous competitors of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize. A single business entity may participate as a new competitor, or teams may be comprised of multiple businesses.
  • Track 2: Verified Competitors — Phase III winners are invited to further develop their concept solutions with the added support of a $100,000 noncash voucher to be spent at a Voucher Service Provider within the American-Made Network. Voucher work must support the continued validation and demonstration of their Phase III pilot-scale solutions.

Breakthrough will award up to $1.2 million total in cash prizes to up to six teams within Track 1: New Competitors and up to $800,000 total in cash prizes and $100,000 in voucher funding to up to four teams within Track 2: Verified Competitors. In total, Breakthrough will award up to $2.4 million in prizes to up to 10 winners. In addition, the 10 Breakthrough winners will be eligible to advance to Phase IV of the competition. 

For more information about the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Breakthrough competition,  refer to the official rules.

 

Evaluation Entities

The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize is seeking qualified lithium-ion battery recyclers and second-life testing organizations to support Phase IV as Evaluation Entities. To become an approved Evaluation Entity, private organizations and facilities must first apply to become a Voucher Service Provider on the American-Made website

Learn more about how to become an Evaluation Entity. 

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Challenge Updates

Breakthrough Contest Deadline Announced: August 30, 2024

June 11, 2024, 8:37 a.m. PDT by Prize Administrator

The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Administrators have selected Friday, August 30, 2024, as the final submission deadline for the Breakthrough contest. Please refer to the Official Prize Rules to review the final submission requirements for both new and verified competitors, including:

  • Executive summary
  • Technical narrative
  • Identified Evaluation Entity
  • Outline of team and resources
  • 90-second video 

As a reminder, join today’s informational Evaluation Entities webinar to learn more about the role and expectations for Evaluation Entities during the final months of the Breakthrough contest and into Phase IV. 

If you have questions about the Breakthrough contest, please reach out to for assistance. 


Evaluation Entity Webinar Delay, Application Guidance

May 23, 2024, 11:05 a.m. PDT by Prize Administrator

The Evaluation Entity information session has been delayed to Tuesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. ET. As a reminder, this information session aims to educate Evaluation Entities on the expectations for their role during the final months of the Breakthrough contest and into Phase IV. All Evaluation Entities are encouraged to attend. Interested prize participants are also welcome. Sign up now for the Evaluation Entity information session. 

To become an approved Evaluation Entity, qualified lithium-ion battery recyclers and second-life testing organizations must follow the steps outlined on our Evaluation Entity page. These steps include: 

If you are experiencing issues with either step in this process, please reach out to for assistance. Once approved, new Evaluation Entities will be added to the Evaluation Entity page on a ongoing basis. 


Submit Your Intent to Participate in the Breakthrough Contest

May 20, 2024, 9:23 a.m. PDT by Prize Administrator

During our recent Breakthrough contest information session, we invited all new and former Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling participants to submit a voluntary “Intent to Participate.” Although this is not a prize requirement, this quick form allows our judges to prepare for incoming Breakthrough contest submissions and ensure that we have enough support from Evaluation Entities. Please submit your voluntary Intent to Participate by Friday, May 31. 

If you missed the Breakthrough contest information session, you can view slides from the presentation or watch the recording below. 

In addition, prize administrators will be hosting an Evaluation Entity information session on Tuesday, May 28 at 1 p.m. ET specifically to discuss roles and expectations for Evaluation Entities during the Breakthrough contest and into Phase IV. Qualified lithium-ion battery recyclers and second-life testing organizations are encouraged to join this session. Interested prize participants are also welcome to join. Sign up for the Evaluation Entity information session. 

 


Join the Upcoming Breakthrough Contest Information Session!

April 25, 2024, 9:42 a.m. PDT by Prize Administrator

Looking to learn more about the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Breakthrough contest? Join us on Tuesday, May 7 at noon ET for an informational session on the different ways to get involved. 

The Breakthrough contest is open to the public, including new and former prize participants. We encourage entrepreneurs to help enable or meet our prize goal of contributing to the recovery lithium-ion batteries with single process ideas, partial solutions, or full concept solutions to current challenges in collecting, sorting, storing, and transporting spent or discarded lithium-ion batteries. Your innovative solution to lithium-ion battery recycling could win up to $200,000 cash prize and advance to Phase IV of the competition for a shot at the $1 million grand prize. 

Register now for the Breakthrough contest information session on Tuesday, May 7 at noon ET. 


Apply Now to Become an Approved Evaluation Entity

Aug. 17, 2023, 1:55 p.m. PDT by Prize Administrator

The Evaluation Entity application is now open! Qualified lithium-ion battery recyclers and second-life testing organizations can follow these steps to become an approved Evaluation Entity and collaborate with Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize participants in exchange for voucher funding. Please be sure to join the American-Made Network before you apply. 

Refer to our Evaluation Entities page to learn more about this process. Participants can check back regularly as approved Evaluation Entities are added. 

We will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET to share more information about the Evaluation Entity role and application process. Register now to join this webinar, and submit any questions in advance to .


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