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Smart Grid Deployment of Off-Grid Networks

Strategic Area

Smart Grids & Energy Storage




Green Infrastructure



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Nunavik and Haute-Mauricie, QC

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Project Objectives

Advanced automation technology will be used to deploy microgrid control systems and battery power storage systems (BPSS) in 16 remote Indigenous communities in Nunavik and Haute-Mauricie. A total of 19 projects will be deployed, consisting of 11 new control systems and 8 BPSSs. Building on research carried out for over a decade at the Institut de recherche Hydro-Québec (IREQ), the goal of this project is to improve the performance of thermal power plants and integrate the renewable energy sources of the future.

Expected Results

The lessons learned from this project will be used in other, similar projects aimed at reducing both diesel dependency and the carbon footprint of remote northern communities, while improving air quality and reducing health risks. These 16 projects alone are expected to reduce total diesel consumption by approximately 800,000 litres per year and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7,500 tonnes by 2030.

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