Hydro-Quebec teams with ENERCON on wind integration research

Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) and ENERCON Canada Inc. on Sept. 16 announced a new R&D partnership agreement on grid integration of wind power.

“We’re extremely proud of this strategic partnership and delighted to once more be conducting joint studies with Hydro-Québec, a power grid leader,” said Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice-President, ENERCON Canada. “Once again, we’re working with IREQ, a partner with which we share not only a long history, but ambitions to produce top-calibre studies. We’re also very pleased to be collaborating a doctoral project for the first time in Canada, building on our current collaborations with German universities.”

“We’re proud to be working with ENERCON, a global leader in wind turbine technology, to develop new algorithms and new technologies to facilitate wind power grid integration,” said Jérôme Gosset, IREQ’s general manager. “We’re pleased that this partnership also offers us an opportunity to develop our expertise in the field.”

The partnership allies ENERCON’s expertise in energy converters and Hydro-Québec’s know-how in grid simulation and operation. For over 10 years, IREQ has been simulating large-scale wind power grid integration, achieving global recognition and helping spur development of this energy stream in Québec.

ENERCON, founded in Germany over 30 years ago, is a world leader in the design and sale of wind turbines. So far, ENERCON has installed more than 26,100 wind turbines with capacity ranging from 500 kW to 7.5 MW, for a total exceeding 42.4 GW.

A major player since it entered the Canadian market in 2001, ENERCON Canada has near 450 employees, with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Dartmouth, service outlets from coast to coast, a production plant in Matane and a training centre and storage facility in Boucherville. ENERCON Canada has installed wind turbines having a capacity of more than 2,000 MW in seven provinces and territories.

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It is Canada’s largest electricity producer and is among the world’s largest hydropower producers. The Government of Québec is the company’s sole shareholder. Its research institute, IREQ, conducts R&D in energy efficiency, energy storage and other energy-related fields.

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