Montréal, March 3, 2016

Press Release

Karim Zaghib of Hydro-Québec among the world’s most influential scientists

Hydro-Québec is proud to highlight the nomination of Karim Zaghib among the world’s most influential scientists by Thomson Reuters and its prestigious list of top researchers, The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Mr. Zaghib is the first researcher from Hydro-Québec’s research institute to be included in the list.

The distinction is awarded to those scientists most frequently cited by fellow researchers in the past 11 years and who have had an exceptional impact in their field of research. Among the nine million researchers documented in the world, Thomson Reuters honors approximately 3,000 in this way.

“This is an outstanding recognition for Karim Zaghib and our research team at Hydro-Québec’s research institute and it confirms our strong global position with regard to battery materials,” noted Éric Martel, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec.

Karim Zaghib holds a doctorate in electrochemistry from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France) and has worked at Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) for nearly 20 years, where he is responsible for many projects involving battery materials. A veteran researcher, Karim Zaghib has developed many business partnerships with universities and industrial corporations worldwide.

In recent years, major scientific breakthroughs resulting from Karim Zaghib’s research have been announced, particularly in collaboration with research institutes in Singapore and Spain. Mr. Zaghib’s research also inspired a partnership with Sony for the establishment of the joint venture Esstalion Technologies to develop large-scale energy storage systems.

To consult the full list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015:

About Hydro-Québec 

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It is Canada’s largest electricity producer and is among the world’s largest hydropower producers. Its sole shareholder is the Québec government. It uses almost exclusively renewable generating options, in particular hydropower, and supports the development of other sources of energy, such as wind and biomass, through purchases from independent power producers. Its research institute, IREQ, conducts R&D in energy, including energy efficiency and energy storage. Every year, Hydro-Québec invests over $100 million in research.



Marc-Antoine Pouliot
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