Our strong suit: Collaborative innovation

We believe in the synergy of ideas and innovation. That’s why we work with universities, research centers and companies around the world to develop new technologies. Here are a few recent examples:

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

In June 2018, Hydro-Québec and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) announced a breakthrough in the lithium-ion battery materials field, publishing their research results in the Journal of Power Sources. Using a cathode made with safe new high-voltage materials, the researchers have achieved a world first: building a 1.2 Ah lithium-ion cell with a voltage of 5 V.

Nouveau Monde Graphite

In May 2018, Hydro-Québec and 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 had 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 work to improve the efficiency and safety of solid-state batteries by developing innovative new nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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 both Québec and California.