Bridging the lithium battery supply chain gap

by Carolyn Mathas

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced Li-Bridge, a new public/private alliance to accelerate the development of a robust and secure domestic supply chain for lithium-based batteries. It’s the first collaboration of its kind in the U.S. battery industry.

Argonne will act as the facilitator between private industry and the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (See a National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries, 2021 – 2030).The blueprint outlines five critical goals to creating a domestic lithium-battery supply chain.

Argonne will work with DOE national labs country-wide, while private industry participation will be facilitated through an alliance with three U.S.-based convenor organizations: NAATBatt InternationalNew York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and New Energy Nexus. The organizations represent more than 600 industry stakeholders across the high-capacity battery ecosystem.

The national blueprint outlines goals on solving breakthrough scientific challenges for new materials and developing a manufacturing base that meets the demands of the growing electric vehicle and stationary grid storage markets. Li-Bridge will host national forums to identify opportunities and challenges across the supply chain.

Widespread electrification in the U.S. requires an increase in domestic lithium-based battery manufacturing by as much as 20-30x the current capacity, along with building up a secure, sustainable materials and technology battery supply chain.x

Original Release: Eureka Alert

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