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DOE RFI: Industrial Chemistry & Process Innovations to Enable Continuous, Waste-Free, Domestic Manufacture of Critical Battery Cathode Active Materials - Due 07/10/24

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Request for Information (RFI) – Industrial Chemistry and Process Innovations to Enable Continuous, Waste-Free, Domestic Manufacture of Critical Battery Cathode Active Materials



Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E)


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The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input for a potential ARPA-E program focused on leveraging material, process, equipment, and cross-supply chain manufacturing innovations to catalyze domestic production of cathode active materials (CAMs) and their precursors (pCAMs).

The primary CAMs of interest to this RFI are lithium-based chemistries that have been validated for commercial deployment in EVs and consumer electronics [e.g., lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC), lithium nickel cobalt aluminum oxide (NCA), lithium iron phosphate (LFP)].

Concepts specifically of interest to this RFI, either alone or in combination, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Continuous flow reactors and processes for pCAM production

  • One-pot, continuous flow reactors and processes for combining pCAM and CAM production into a single step

  • Production pathways that incorporate process intensity by combining two or more individual steps and/or eliminate the requirement for one or more steps without compromising pCAM/CAM quality

  • pCAM produced from abundant and low-cost precursors sourced domestically

  • pCAM processing that uses conventional or modified precursor strategies but can tolerate lower-grade feedstocks without compromising pCAM/CAM properties

  • Significant reduction and/or complete elimination of hazardous waste types and volumes during pCAM production

  • Processes that improve the energy efficiency of pCAM/CAM production

  • Processes and practices that can achieve significantly increased pCAM/CAM throughput

  • pCAM/CAM production concepts that can be integrated and practiced at large commercial scales

  • Extreme, process-intensive, and continuous production methods that remove, eliminate, or combine steps in the supply chain (e.g., direct ore conversion routes)

  • Circular techniques that utilize and/or valorize all waste and emission streams






RFI Submission Due July 10, 2024



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