MONTREAL, July 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec's research institute
(IREQ) is proud to award GRIDbot Canada—whose products are manufactured
in Shawinigan, Québec—the contract for the development and supply of an
advanced bidirectional charging station for an experimental project on
vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home power exchanges (V2G-V2H).
The goal of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems is to use the electricity
stored in the batteries of plug-in vehicles as backup energy for
electricity grids, such as the Hydro-Québec power system, during peak
periods. Vehicle-to-home (V2H) systems, on the other hand, allow
plug-in vehicle owners to use the energy stored in the battery as a
temporary power source during outages, as they would a generator.
To carry out the project, IREQ will assemble an electric test vehicle
that will showcase Québec-designed technologies. TM4, a Hydro-Québec
subsidiary, will supply a latest-generation TM4 MФTIVE™ electric
powertrain system. B3CG Interconnect, a company from Saint-Eustache,
along with its partners, the Centre National du Transport Avancé
(national centre for advanced transportation) in Saint-Jérôme and
Brioconcept, based in Laval, developed a bidirectional charger that
will be integrated to the charging station built by GRIDbot. This
company also develops a lithium iron phosphate battery, an advanced
material patented by IREQ, and a complex management system.
Exchanging power between vehicles and the home or the grid is a
promising development opportunity. "We would like to better define the
long-term potential of this technology," said Denis Faubert, General
Manager of IREQ. "Through this initiative, Hydro-Québec will continue
to spearhead the integration of electric vehicles into the power system
and become a showcase for Québec know-how."
The project will receive financial support from the Québec government as
part of its 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles. This plan gave Hydro-Québec a mandate to define the implications of
these innovative concepts and to carry out all required experiments.
"The Hydro-Québec project is a unique occasion to develop GRIDbot
Canada's V2G and V2H technologies. Our Shawinigan-built bidirectional
charging station will be based on the ingenuity developed here in
Québec with the support and expertise of the IREQ team," said Éric
Martel, administrator and project manager at GRIDbot Canada.
"This type of project is important for Hydro-Québec since it allows us
to work with our partners in Québec to develop promising and
interesting long-term technologies for our customers who will purchase
plug-in electric vehicles," added Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director
- Strategic Planning at Hydro-Québec.
Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Its sole
shareholder is the Québec government. It uses mainly renewable
generating options, in particular large hydro, and supports the
development of other technologies. As part of its Action Plan for Electric Transportation, it launched, with its partners, The Electric Circuit, Canada's first
public charging network. Its research centre, IREQ, carries out
research and development in energy-related fields. It has been
conducting research on batteries for over 30 years, including work on
advanced materials, particularly molten salts, lithium iron phosphate
and nanotitanates. It is helping to develop safe, high-performance
lithium-ion batteries that can be charged more quickly and a greater
number of times.
For more information: www.hydroquebec.com/transportation-electrification/index.html.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, TM4 was created in 1998.
Today, it provides customers in a dozen countries with patented
technologies and distinctive expertise in electric motors, generators
and inverters for the transport and energy markets. Products include
customized electric drivetrains for electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle
manufacturers, and generators for wind turbine and gen-set
manufacturers. TM4 is based in Boucherville, Québec.
About the partners
GRIDbot Canada, specialized in the design and installation of charging
infrastructure for municipal, commercial and multi-residential electric
vehicles, offers a global solution for the networking of VEs. GRIDbot
is one of the largest manufacturers of public, commercial and
residential charging stations in Canada. Its V2G charging equipment for
the whole North American market is built in Québec.
B3CG Interconnect is a supplier of original sub-contracting solutions
for electric cable, complex harness and electromechanical assemblies
for the ground transport, medical equipment, industrial systems and
power generation industries. It is based in Saint-Eustache. B3CG's
strategy also involves leveraging its expertise in connectivity and
power batteries to develop exclusive technology for smart modules
designed for electric vehicle batteries.
The Centre National du Transport Avancé (formerly CEVEQ) is a non-profit
organization based in Saint-Jérôme. Since 1996, it has been operating
in the advanced transportation sector, with a focus on electric and
hybrid vehicles. Supported by a scientific committee with
representation from industry, research centre and universities, and
boasting leading-edge engineering experience, the CNTA acts as a
catalyst for electric mobility innovation.
Brioconcept is an electronics consulting and design company based in
Laval that offers services to technology companies looking to prototype
their electronic products.
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