The Platform for Digital and Quantum Innovation of Quebec (PINQ²) and Hydro-Québec join forces in order to accelerate energy innovation

Montreal, Québec, March 25th, 2024 – Hydro-Québec becomes a partner of the Platform for Digital and Quantum Innovation of Quebec (PINQ²). As the sole administrator of Canada’s first IBM Quantum System One located at IBM’s facility in Bromont, PINQ² offers an innovative approach to computing for companies wishing to conduct research, thus opening new possibilities in sectors such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, the environment, and sustainable development.

Through the use of quantum computing, Hydro-Québec will explore new approaches to solving complex energy-related issues, including demand forecasting as well as the design and operation of more sustainable energy systems. With the state-owned company already working on artificial intelligence algorithms that are capable of processing large volumes of information, quantum computing could open even greater opportunities. Quantum computing could also contribute, by supporting high-performance computing work, to our current research in the materials simulation and discovery fields.

Having access to this technology is a considerable asset for companies, enabling them to benefit from the knowledge of an already established quantum ecosystem. “Hydro-Québec is proud to associate itself with an NPO that opens the door to research in various areas of innovation,” stated Christian Bélanger, Senior Director of Research and Innovation at Hydro–Québec. “The energy transition will bring new challenges in the years to come, and quantum technologies such as those offered by PINQ2 enable perspectives that we must explore. Boldness and innovation are part of our DNA and we intend to explore the potential of these rapidly developing technologies.”

Hydro-Québec is also a founding partner of a leading global research group that focuses on quantum computing applications, and it will collaborate with PINQ² in order to find solutions to the challenges that the sustainable development sector is facing.

We are proud to work with a major Quebec partner such as Hydro–Québec and to explore the possibilities offered by the IBM Quantum System One,” stated Éric Capelle, Executive Director of PINQ². “By working together, we hope to meet the challenges of sustainable development as well as accelerate energy innovation through quantum computing.”

About PINQ²
The Platform for Digital and Quantum Innovation is a non-profit organization created by the Université de Sherbrooke and the ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie du Québec (Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy of Quebec) in 2021. Its mission is to support organizations in accelerating their digital transformation, to enhance collaboration, and to simplify technology transfers between industries and research, in addition to training the talents of tomorrow.

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About Hydro-Québec
Hydro-Québec provides reliable electricity and quality services tailored to its customers’ needs, at competitive prices. By harnessing clean, renewable energy sources, Hydro-Québec contributes to Québec’s collective wealth while playing a central role in building a green, sustainable economy. Recognized as a leader in hydroelectricity and large power systems, Hydro-Québec helps its neighbours reduce their carbon footprint by leveraging the attributes of its energy. Convinced that it is through innovation that everything becomes possible, Hydro-Québec develops cutting-edge solutions and shares its expertise to decarbonize the economy and optimize energy consumption.

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