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Hydro-Québec and B3CG Interconnect to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-home (V2H) power exchanges

Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ, is teaming up with B3CG Interconnect, based in Saint-Eustache, and its partners to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-home (V2H) power exchanges.

For purposes of the project, a test vehicle equipped with Québec-designed technologies will be assembled at IREQ. TM4, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary, will supply a latest-generation TM4 MФTIVE electric powertrain system. The battery will be designed with IREQ-patented materials, such as lithium iron phosphate. B3CG Interconnect will partner with the Centre National du Transport Avancé (national centre for advanced transportation) in Saint-Jérôme and Brioconcept, based in Laval, to develop new two technologies: a power battery and associated control system, and a two-way charger designed to both recharge the battery and supply power to the grid.

The project will also receive financial support from the Québec government as part of its 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles. This plan gave Hydro-Québec a mandate to define the implications of these innovative concepts and to carry out all required experiments.

We would like to better define the potential long-term contribution of this technology. Through this initiative, Hydro-Québec will continue to spearhead the integration of electric vehicles into the power grid and become a showcase for Québec know-how.

—Denis Faubert, General Manager of IREQ

B3CG Interconnect is a supplier of original sub-contracting solutions for electric cable, complex harness and electromechanical assemblies for the ground transport, medical equipment, industrial systems and power generation industries.



More duplication of efforts? When will the world cooperate more and stop 100x duplication?


The V2H is the most likely to succeed. Combined with micro-CHP systems, EV owners can generate home electric, hot water and heating with electric UPS backup provided by their car. The V2G portion will not likely go far as cheaper sources of electric generation are introduced (eg micro-CHP) which obviate the need for unwieldy grid connection.

"Smart" utilities will soon grasp their need to adopt branding and manufacture of the next gen CHP appliances. It will transition their grid connect losses to new revenue streams.

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