IREQ, Hydro-Quebec’s research institute is teaming up with sub-contracting solution supplier B3CG Interconnect and it’s partners, to test vehicle to grid (V2G) and vehicle to home (V2H) power exchanges.
The goal of V2G systems is to use electricity stored in the batteries of plug-in vehicles as a backup energy supply for electricity grids, such as the Hydro-Québec power system, during peak periods. V2H systems, on the other hand, would allow plug-in vehicle owners to use the energy stored in their batteries as a temporary home power source during outages, as they would a generator.
A test vehicle equipped with Quebec-designed technologies will be assembled at IREQ, for the purposes of the project. A Hydro-Quebec subsidiary TM4, 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) and consultants Brioconcept 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 Quebec government will give financial assistance as part of its Action Plan for Electric Vehicles 2011-2020. Hydro-Quebec was given a mandate to define the implications of the concepts and carry out all the required experiments.
“We would like to better define the potential long term contribution of this technology,” said Denis Faubert, general manager of IREQ. “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.”