A global leader in battery materials

The Center of Excellence is devoted to battery materials R&D. This world-class innovation hub develops cutting-edge technologies for tomorrow’s electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

The Center is working to revolutionize the world of battery materials by teaming up with major industry players from around the world. Its R&D efforts, focused mainly on advanced lithium-ion batteries and solid-state batteries, have already given rise to an impressive portfolio of patents and publications, as well as many licensing agreements and hundreds of citations in scientific journals.

The internationally renowned researcher Karim Zaghib led the Center of Excellence from its founding in 2017 until 2020. He joined Hydro-Québec in 1995 as part of its research institute, IREQ, where he initiated work on lithium-ion batteries. He is associated with over 550 patents and 60 licenses and contributed to 22 monographs and more than 420 articles on the subject.

From the atom to the cell

The Center of Excellence is reinventing energy for the electrified world of the future through its research on a number of fronts: battery materials, electrodes, electrochemical cells, modules and battery packs.

Our discoveries are paving the way for a range of commercial solutions, including storage systems for power grids and V2H and V2G charging stations.

Our vision: Reinventing energy for a sustainable future

Our aim is to develop ultra-high-performance battery technologies and storage systems that will accelerate transportation electrification and make it possible to bring more renewables onto power grids, on a global scale. If we want to leave a viable planet to future generations, the time to act is now.

Our strong suit: Collaborative innovation

We believe in the synergy of ideas and innovations. That’s why we’re forging R&D partnerships with industry players from around the world to develop new technologies.


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Our team

Today, the Center of Excellence has a fast-growing, high-caliber team working to revolutionize the energy industry.

The Center of Excellence is proud to have built a team of leading experts from around the world, pioneers who will revolutionize the energy industry.