Electric utilities are all seeking to optimize grid operation and development. Hydro-Québec offers advanced simulation tools that help you make informed decisions about the future of your power system.

World-class laboratory

The power system simulation lab at Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) is regarded as a global benchmark in the field. Its mission: to study system behavior using real-time or offline simulation software of its own design. Electric utilities can make use of its services to optimize their grids.

Cutting-edge simulation tools

HYPERSIM

HYPERSIM [PDF – 225 Kb], which can simulate large-scale power systems and interface them with various control systems, is built on the most powerful simulation architecture on the market and runs on an SGI parallel supercomputer. HYPERSIM, which can simulate a system of moderate size and interface it with various control systems, is built on the most powerful open simulation architecture on the market and runs on an SGI parallel supercomputer.

Wind turbine simulator

The purpose of IREQ’s real-time wind turbine simulator [PDF – 1.12 Mb] is to improve wind energy integration into power grids. This tool can model a variety of grids down to the minute, enabling a utility to optimize its operations by evaluating a large number of variables, including import and export opportunities, the number of automatic shunt reactor switching operations, and reserve requirements for frequency control.