Hydro-Québec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage

A global leader in battery materials

Hydro-Québec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage (CETEES) is a world-class innovation hub in the field of battery materials for electric vehicles and grid storage.

The CETEES’ know-how, its impressive intellectual property portfolio and its high-tech facilities draw interest from around the world and make it an essential partner for the industry’s key players involved in the development of tomorrow’s battery materials and technologies. Over the past few years, its work on advanced materials, in particular for lithium-ion batteries, has resulted in over 800 patents and the granting of several active licences, not to mention 250 scientific publications.

Directed by Karim Zaghib, an internationally renowned expert, the CETEES has 70 employees, including some 30 researchers, as well as top-caliber engineers and technicians. Most of its revenue comes from licensing its technologies.

Team in super high-tech lab

Team in super high-tech lab

We have conducted promising tests on anodes composed of natural graphite and titanate. These anodes are expected to offer greater energy and power, reduced charging time and increased battery life.

Transportation electrification

Transportation electrification

Our innovative efforts focus on both power batteries, designed to provide maximum motive power, and energy batteries, which are optimized in terms of both storage capacity and range.

Large-scale energy storage

Large-scale energy storage

Our largescale energy storage systems meet electric utilities’ various system operation requirements, such as peak shaving, frequency control and the integration of renewable energy sources, while also helping to defer capital spending.

Our strong suit: Collaborative innovation

We believe in the synergy of ideas and innovation. That is why our goal is to create research partnerships focused on developing new technologies. Here are some examples of recent partnerships:

Nouveau Monde Graphite

In May 2018, Hydro-Québec et Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) signed licensing and R&D agreements that will grant NMG the right to use Hydro-Québec patented technologies for the processing of graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries.

NanoBio Lab

In April 2018, Hydro-Québec and A*STAR’s NanoBio Lab announced that they signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint laboratory for battery research. Housed in Biopolis, Singapore’s biomedical research hub, the new facility will focus on improving the efficiency and safety of solid-state batteries. This involves developing new nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.

Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology

In January 2018, Hydro-Québec et Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology signed a licensing agreement authorizing Dongshi Kingpower to use technologies patented by Hydro-Québec to manufacture solid-state lithium batteries for the Chinese automotive market.

Laboratoire National Lawrence Berkeley

In October 2017, Hydro-Québec and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) agreed to set up a Québec Berkeley joint research center based in the San Francisco Bay Area that will speed up the development of materials, technologies and industrial processes for the manufacturing of next-generation batteries for electric vehicles. The center will also manufacture batteries, from prototyping to preproduction. The technologies developed will be transferred to battery manufacturers, which will lead to job creation in Québec and California.

Karim Zaghib, General Director of CETEES and one of the most influential scientists in the
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Karim Zaghib, General Director of CETEES and one of the most influential scientists in the world

EIn 2017, for the third year in a row, Karim Zaghib made the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,one of the most prestigious honors in the field. This distinction offers further evidence of Hydro-Québec’s enviable position in the area of scientific research on battery materials.