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IREQ

Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ, is one of the largest integrated electrical research and testing centres in North America. Created in 1967, IREQ has developed large-scale expertise in electrical apparatus, network analysis and control, automation and measurement, materials, chemical and mechanical engineering, and applications of electricity. It has impressive facilities at its disposal: distribution tests lines, high-voltage laboratory, mechanical-thermomechanical laboratory, a power system study and simulation centre and an electrotechnology laboratory, as well as numerous specialized laboratories, notably in robotics, battery materials and mechanical engineering. IREQ has facilities in Varennes, some 45 minutes from downtown Montréal.

Steps prior to a visit at Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (IREQ)

  • Identity verifications will be done in advance by Hydro-Québec for every visitor.
  • Canadian and United States visitors have to provide us at least one week prior to a visit the following information:
    • Complete name
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number (a photocopy will do) or driver’s license number
    • Name of the state or province issuing the driver’s license.
  • Visitors from other countries must provide at least one week in advance (a photocopy of passport will do):
    • Complete name
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number
    • Country issuing the passport.
  • All visitors must hand us out on arrival a valid identification document and sign our visitors register. Visitors who did not provide in advance identification info or visitors who do not carry valid ID papers will not be allowed to visit IREQ.