Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec

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L'Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (Hydro-Québec Research Institute), known by its acronym IREQ ("Institut de recherche en électricité du Québec", Quebec Electricity Research Institute) is a research institute established in 1967 by government-owned utility Hydro-Québec. IREQ operates from Varennes, a town on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] IREQ operates on an annual research budget of approximately $100 million[2] and specializes in the areas of high voltage, mechanics and thermomechanics, network simulations and calibration.[3]

In the last 20 years, the institute has also conducted research and development work towards the electrification of ground transportation. Current projects include battery advanced materials, including work on molten salts, lithium iron phosphate and nanotitanate,[4][5] improved electric drive trains and the impacts of the large scale deployment of electric vehicles on the power grid.[6] Projects focus on technologies to increase range, improve performance in cold weather and reduce charging time.[7]

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  1. ^ Gauthier, Johanne (October 2007). "L’IREQ : leader de l’innovation technologique à Hydro-Québec" (PDF). Choc (in French) 25 (2). pp. 26–29. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ Hydro-Québec (2010). Shaping The Future : Annual Report 2009. Montreal. p. 32. ISBN 978-2-550-58101-7. ISSN 0702-6706. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  3. ^ Hydro-Québec Technologie. "Hydro-Québec Research Institute". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ Hydro-Québec 2010, p. 34
  5. ^ Templier, Sébastien (16 October 2009). "Moteur électrique: percée majeure chez Hydro-Québec". La Presse (in French) (Montreal). Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  6. ^ Hydro-Québec (2010). "Transportation Electricification: Action Plan". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  7. ^ Cardinal, François (19 November 2008). "Une batterie dans les cartons d'Hydro-Québec". La Presse (in French) (Montreal). Retrieved 2009-03-28. 

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Coordinates: 45°36′55″N 73°23′00″W / 45.6151779°N 73.3834469°W / 45.6151779; -73.3834469