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Digital Power Grid Centre of Excellence established in Montreal

December 15, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

December 15, 2020 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids has established the Digital Power Grid Centre in Montreal—an R&D facility focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity in the energy industry.

“The selection of Montreal for the company’s new centre of excellence highlights the important contributions Quebec-based organizations make to the global energy industry,” said Bill Strohecker, Hitachi ABB Power Grids. “The province hosts a number of top research institutions and leading companies that are making important strides in fields like AI and cyberdefence. We plan to tap into that pool of expertise.”

Montreal has emerged as a key hub of activity in the digitalization ecosystem, says Hitachi ABB, hosting a variety of “world-class universities, research consortia and major companies, all contributing to the development of new technologies and collaborating on the creation of standards that will help to drive the next generation of sustainable energy solutions”.

As an example of the work it will be undertaking, the new centre will work to capitalize on opportunities presented by the increasing volumes of data being made available through a growing number of smarter, connected devices distributed throughout the grid. This data can provide valuable intelligence to power utilities and other organizations to help them more effectively address sustainability, reliability and resilience goals.


The centre is the company’s seventh research location, joining others in China, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and the United States.

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