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DOE Takes Steps to Strengthen the Domestic Advanced Battery Supply Chain

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced new urgent policy initiatives to expand a local manufacturing supply chain for innovative Battery materials and technology.These activities follow President Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains-directed 100-Day evaluation of advanced batteries, which examines weaknesses and opportunities in the existing and anticipated Battery supply chain environment and proposes policy suggestions to address them.

These initiatives, taken together, will position the United States to lead an emerging global market, ensure the country’s long-term economic competitiveness, and generate well-paying employment for Americans, all while supporting the Biden Administration’s ambitious decarbonization goals.”We will need a major boost in the production of batteries to better America’s clean energy future,” stated Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm.A critical component in 21st-century technologies such as electric autos and stationary grid storage is advanced lithium batteries, essential to the USA’s clean energy.

DOE Takes Steps to Strengthen the Domestic Advanced Battery Supply ChainToday, the United States relies heavily on imported advanced Battery components, which puts the country at risk of vulnerability to the supply chains and the labor force that generates such technology.According to the energy department evaluation, the United States has a global share of less than 10 percent in all major Battery and cell production components in the world.

DOE analyses the necessity of robust and rapid policy action to support the entire US Battery supply chain, which stimulates home jobs, reduces hazards and increases demand for technologies that are critical to addressing climate change as demand for stationary storage and electric vehicles are expected to increase by the end of the decade the lithium batteries sector by five- to ten times.

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