December 10, 2020: Canada’s largest utility, Hydro-Québec, on December 9 launched a subsidiary called EVLO Energy Storage to design, sell and operate lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage systems for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, and commercial and industrial markets.
The modular systems are the result of extensive work on battery materials by Hydro-Québec, which says the EVLO systems have been tested in actual operating conditions on and off-grid, with a microgrid and at a solar farm in La Prairie.
“We firmly believe that the knowhow Québec has acquired with regard to batteries will help develop solar and wind power,” said Hydro-Québec president and CEO Sophie Brochu.
“Our products will also have useful applications in existing power grids, such as managing consumption peaks.”
The company says its chemistry is safer than other lithium-ion batteries, with protection against thermal runaway and temperature increases.
EVLO has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the hydroelectric, wind and solar firm Innergex at Tonnerre, in northern France, to supply a 9MWh system.
This is its first major storage project on the global market, and will be commissioned in 2021.
“Tonnerre is Innergex’s first standalone battery project, and we are happy to be partnering Hydro-Québec to showcase Québec internationally,” said Innergex president and CEO Michel Letellier.
“Storage plays a key role in the global development of renewable energy options and is a growth driver for Innergex.”