42 U.S. Code § 16195 - Secondary electric vehicle battery use program

§ 16195.
Secondary electric vehicle battery use program
(a) DefinitionsIn this section:
(1) Battery

The term “battery” means an energy storage device that previously has been used to provide motive power in a vehicle powered in whole or in part by electricity.

(2) Associated equipment

The term “associated equipment” means equipment located where the batteries will be used that is necessary to enable the use of the energy stored in the batteries.

(b) Program
(1) In general

The Secretary shall establish and conduct a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of energy technology for the secondary use of batteries, if the Secretary finds that there are sufficient numbers of batteries to support the program.

(2) AdministrationThe program shall be—
designed to demonstrate the use of batteries in secondary applications, including utility and commercial power storage and power quality;
structured to evaluate the performance, including useful service life and costs, of such batteries in field operations, and the necessary supporting infrastructure, including reuse and disposal of batteries; and
coordinated with ongoing secondary battery use programs at the National Laboratories and in industry.
(c) Solicitation
(1) In general

Not later than 180 days after August 8, 2005, the Secretary shall solicit proposals to demonstrate the secondary use of batteries and associated equipment and supporting infrastructure in geographic locations throughout the United States.

(2) Additional solicitations

The Secretary may make additional solicitations for proposals if the Secretary determines that the solicitations are necessary to carry out this section.

(d) Selection of proposals
(1) In general

Not later than 90 days after the closing date established by the Secretary for receipt of proposals under subsection (c), the Secretary shall select up to five proposals that may receive financial assistance under this section once the Department receives appropriated funds to carry out this section.

(2) FactorsIn selecting proposals, the Secretary shall consider—
the diversity of battery type;
geographic and climatic diversity; and
life-cycle environmental effects of the approaches.
(3) Limitation

No one project selected under this section shall receive more than 25 percent of the funds made available to carry out the program under this section.

(4) Non-Federal involvement

In selecting proposals, the Secretary shall consider the extent of involvement of State or local government and other persons in each demonstration project to optimize use of Federal resources.

(5) Other criteria

In selecting proposals, the Secretary may consider such other criteria as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(e) ConditionsIn carrying out this section, the Secretary shall require that—
(1) relevant information be provided to—
the Department;
the users of the batteries;
the proposers of a project under this section; and
the battery manufacturers; and
the costs of carrying out projects and activities under this section are shared in accordance with section 16352 of this title.


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