Organization: Hydro-Québec

The Short Report – Aug. 25, 2021: $100M to study safer railways, planning Canada’s first Mental Health Innovation Incubator, SSHRC Anti-Black Racism committee, and more…

FEDERAL ELECTION More than 200 Canadian tech and business executives are asking more of their peers to sign an open letter calling on federal political leaders to outline how Canada can achieve “prosperous, secure, equitable and sustainable” growth in a post-pandemic economy. Released Aug. 24, the letter stresses the need for Canada to adopt Canadian-made…

NRC working with industry, academia to build value chain for lithium-ion batteries

Escalating demand for specialty materials that go into next-generation lithium-ion batteries has prompted the National Research Council to create an R&D group to bolster the value chain for their use in the transportation and stationary applications. Advanced discussions between NRC officials and several companies are already underway to determine the extent of their participation in the new lithium-ion battery technologies (LiBTec) program, which kicked off June 7 with a webinar.

Hydro-Québec and Sony form joint venture

Hydro-Québec has established a joint venture with Sony Corp, Minato Tokyo, to develop large-scale energy storage systems for power grids. A new company will be formed this June in Varenne QC, utilizing Hydro-Québec’s operation and control technologies for electric power supplies and its lithium-ion battery material technology. Sony will contribute its control technologies for rechargable…

McGill launches record-setting fundraising campaign

McGill Univ has kicked off the largest university fundraising campaign in Canadian history with a $500-million goal over five years. Its aim is to move McGill into the ranks of the world’s best universities and enhance its position as a leading research institution. In the three years prior to its public launch, the campaign has…

Hydro-Québec technology to treat organic sludge

Hydro-Québec and Fabgroups Technologies, Montreal, have signed an agreement to begin manufacturing a system to treat industrial sludge. The technology is the result of a four-year R&D project by LTEE, Hydro-Québec’s electrochemical and electrotechnologies laboratory, based in Shawinigan. The project was launched following a request by the pulp and paper industry, which was unable to…