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Hydro Quebec opening centre of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage

April 6, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

André Fortin, Minister of Transport Electrification, Karim Zaghib, General Manager of the Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Réal Laporte, President of Hydro-Québec Innovation, Equipment and Shared Services, and Guillaume Hayet, Senior Director, Commercial Projects at Hydro-Québec. Courtesy Hydro Quebec

April 6, 2018 — Hydro Quebec and the Government of Quebec recently announced the opening of the centre of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage, with the “mission of maintaining and enhancing Quebec’s global leadership in the field of battery materials.”

The centre of excellence, headed by Dr. Karim Zaghib, will commercialize Hydro Quebec’s technologies, create new research partnerships and develop new technologies.

SEE ALSO Hydro-Quebec’s Karim Zaghib named a globally influential scientist (March 2016).

With 70 employees, including 27 researchers, its 2018 operating budget is $20 million, sourced entirely from outside revenue, generated chiefly by the sale of licenses to use Hydro Quebec’s technologies.


“The centre of excellence in transportation electrification is going to enable Quebec to consolidate its position as a global leader in research on battery materials,” said Minister of Transport Electrification André Fortin. “It will help bring together the business and research communities in order to establish a dynamic culture of open innovation, further technology transfer and help create jobs.”

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