1. How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

    How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

    Recycling lithium-ion batteries could significantly reduce the cost of battery storage and other applications, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. The U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year launched a program that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. Sen. Manchin, D-W. Va., voiced concerns that the current trade war between the United States and China, and general instability of the bilateral relationship, could affect the supply of minerals such as lithium or cobalt commonly used in battery storage.

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    1. It is critical. If you look at what other countries have done, primarily China, they have taken a very strategic and deliberate action to line up their supply chain.
    2. We have to find creative ways and innovative ways to bring our costs down to be competitive with China. Recycling can play a role here.
    3. America's dependence on foreign sources of critical materials undermines our energy security and national security.
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