The goal of vehicle-to-grid V2G systems is to use the electricity stored in the batteries of plug-in vehicles as backup energy for electricity grids, such as the Hydro-QuĂ©bec power system, during peak periods.
Vehicle-to-home V2H systems, on the other hand, allow plug-in vehicle owners to use the energy stored in the battery as a temporary power source during outages, as they would a generator.
To carry out the project, IREQ will assemble an electric test vehicle that will showcase QuĂ©bec-designed technologies. TM4, a Hydro-QuĂ©bec subsidiary, will supply a latest-generation TM4 MĐ¤TIVE electric power train system.
B3CG Interconnect, a company from Saint-Eustache, along with its partners, the Centre National du Transport AvancĂ© national centre for advanced transportation in Saint-JĂ©rĂ´me and Brioconcept, based in Laval, developed a bidirectional charger that will be integrated to the charging station built.
Exchanging power between vehicles and the home or the grid is a promising development opportunity.
"We would like to better define the long-term potential of this technology," said Denis Faubert, General Manager of IREQ. "Through this initiative, Hydro-QuĂ©bec will continue to spearhead the integration of electric vehicles into the power system and become a showcase for QuĂ©bec know-how."
The project will receive financial support from the QuĂ©bec government as part of its 2011 to 2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles. This plan gave Hydro-QuĂ©bec a mandate to define the implications of these innovative concepts and to carry out all required experiments.
"The Hydro-QuĂ©bec project is a unique occasion to develop GRIDbot Canada's V2G and V2H technologies. Our Shawinigan-built bidirectional charging station will be based on the ingenuity developed here in QuĂ©bec with the support and expertise of the IREQ team," said Ă‰ric Martel, administrator and project manager at GRIDbot Canada.
"This type of project is important for Hydro-QuĂ©bec since it allows us to work with our partners in QuĂ©bec to develop promising and interesting long-term technologies for our customers who will purchase plug-in electric vehicles," added Pierre-Luc DesgagnĂ©, Senior Director - Strategic Planning at Hydro-QuĂ©bec.