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August 09, 2022 | Tom Ballard

DOE issues RFI related to critical materials challenge the country faces

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) yesterday on the development and implementation of a $675 million “Critical Materials Research, Development, Demonstration, and Commercialization Program.”

Funded by President Biden’s “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” the program will address vulnerabilities in the domestic critical materials supply chain, which are both an economic disadvantage and an impediment to the clean energy transition. Critical materials, which include rare-earth elements, lithium, nickel, and cobalt, are required for manufacturing many clean energy technologies, including batteries, electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels. The program will advance domestic sourcing and production, strengthening America’s position as a global manufacturing leader.

Responses are due by by 5 p.m. EDT on September 9.


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