Hydro-Québec enters the vitality storage market with EVLO

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Hydro-Québec enters the energy storage market with EVLO

Hydro-Québec founded EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO), a subsidiary that designs, sells and operates safe, efficient and sustainable energy storage systems. The systems will be available worldwide and are aimed at producers of renewable energies and energy networks.

These storage systems are primarily intended for power generators, transmission providers and distributors, as well as for the commercial and industrial market for medium and large-scale storage facilities. Thanks to their modular structure, they can be scaled to meet a wide range of requirements. EVLO systems also include software for power control and energy management.

“Energy storage will play a critical role in the energy transition,” said Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. “We firmly believe that the know-how Québec has acquired in relation to batteries will contribute to the development of solar and wind power. Our products will also find useful applications in existing power grids, for example in managing consumption peaks. “

Bringing Québec’s know-how

EVLO technology is the result of more than 40 years of research and development in battery materials from Hydro-Québec, which has 800 patents in the field. EVLO storage systems have been tested under real operating conditions on the Hydro-Québec grid, not just for peak shaving at the Hemmingford substation in the Montérégie region, but also in the off-grid Quaqtaq system in northern Québec, where they were exposed to extreme weather conditions. The technology is also used in the Lac Mégantic microgrid and the Hydro-Québec solar park in La Prairie.

Safe, environmentally friendly products

EVLO Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries are much safer than traditional lithium ion batteries because their molecular structure provides intrinsic protection against thermal runaway. They also have a lower environmental footprint, not only because they are made from naturally abundant, non-toxic materials, but also because they can be recycled through a process that allows 99% of the active materials to be recovered and reused. In addition, EVLO systems do not contain cobalt or rare earth elements.

Systems that are designed for the changing requirements of today’s power grids

Thanks to Hydro-Québec’s knowledge of the operation, control and simulation of power systems, EVLO can develop products and services that are tailored to the specific needs of power producers and distributors. This is a significant competitive advantage.

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