Operating a power system means facing many challenges: aging assets, growing demand and the proliferation of operating constraints. As the owner-operator of a very extensive grid, Hydro-Québec has developed maintenance strategies and innovative robotic tools to keep facilities running smoothly and extend their useful life.

Preventive robotics

Hydro-Québec has solid expertise in using robotics to inspect and maintain power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure: overhead and underground lines, transformer substations, hydraulic turbines, underwater civil engineering structures, etc. Designed to ensure the reliability and long-term operability of facilities and equipment, our technologies meet the most stringent asset management standards.

Key advantages:

  • Increased productivity compared to other inspection and repair methods
  • Reduced downtime
  • Nondestructive in situ evaluations
  • Accurate diagnosis to aid in decision making
  • Reduced costs through deferred capital spending

Type of collaboration: It’s up to you

Hydro-Québec commercializes its robotics technologies and know-how through its subsidiary MIR Innovation.

MIR Innovation (MIR for Maintenance, Inspection and Robotics) supplies customized, value-added solutions for optimizing asset management. True to its motto—“Predict. Prevent. Correct.”—MIR Innovation offers tools that can predict maintenance or replacement needs and considerably facilitate repairs, with minimal impact on operations. MIR Innovation customers have a choice of many types of collaboration:

  • Licensing
  • Product development and R&D projects
  • Technology demonstrations and pilot projects
  • Customized services

MIR Innovation gives you access to IREQ’s team of some 40 robotics specialists.