For a number of industrialized countries, energy storage and the development of high-performance, safe and low-cost battery materials are priority issues. Exponential growth in demand is forecasted for the energy storage market, whose main domains of application are the following:
o Integration of renewable energies wind, hydrokinetic, photovoltaic, hydropower
o Quick-charge networks for electric vehicles
o Hybrid or electric vehicles for transportation by road, rail, air and boat and for the defence sector
o Hybrid emergency power supply systems and generators
o Smart buildings and large-scale connected systems
For several years, Hydro-QuĂ©bec has invested in various technologies to improve the performance and safety of electrochemical batteries.
For its part, the Aquitaine Region has, over the last 15 years, adopted a proactive policy to promote research, innovation and industrial development by allocating some 12 percent of its budget to such projects. It is home to and supports a number of players involved in energy storage and electric mobility issues.