Innovation and Sustainable Development

More than ever, innovation is the spearhead for corporate development and profitability. Whether in relation to high voltage power transmission—something we pioneered 50 years ago—energy storage and conversion or transportation electrification, our innovations let us play a key role in the global energy transition.

IREQ, Hydro-Québec’s research institute, allocates a third of its annual budget to R&D on projects related to sustainable development (not including investments in energy storage and conversion). Over $41 million was budgeted for this in 2016.

Research and development

Among the hundred research projects underway at IREQ are those related to environmental protection, renewable energy sources, extending equipment service life and energy efficiency.

Discover our sustainability-related research projects

Innovation and partnership

We believe in open innovation. That’s why we have forged our many partnerships with university, institutional and industrial collaborators. We also fund research chairs in fields related to our operations.

See our contributions to higher education institutions in Québec

Transportation electrification

Hydro-Québec contributes to electric mobility in a number of ways: we supply power from a clean, renewable source, manage a reliable grid and have state-of-the-art expertise.

View our achievements in the field of transportation electrification