Cambridge Quantum Computing’s (CQC) has announced that it is partnering with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luftund Raumfahrt or DLR) to use CQC’s software to solve partial differential equations that can render a 1D simulation of a lithium ion battery cell. Improved batteries are considered vital as the world moves to more sustainable energy sources. Better modelling will not only help improve parameters of the battery itself, such as capacity, size, weight, charging time, etc., but can also reduce the amounts of lithium and possible other rare materials needed which can have other problems created during the mining process. There are several efforts worldwide to use quantum computing to help develop better batteries including a project described by IBM at CES 2020 with Daimler AG (parent of Mercedes) to model next generation lithium-sulfur batteries for automobiles. The CQC/DLR project will also use IBM’s Q System NISQ platform for these simulations. Additional information about this project can be found in a news release on CQC’s website here.

In a second announcement CQC disclosed they will become part of Strangework’s Quantum Syndicate joining many of the major companies involved with hardware, cloud services, software, consulting services, education, and other resources. CQC will integrate their tket architecture agnostic software stack with Strangework’s ecosystem to provide high-performance features and enterprise level support. (See our report from last February titled Strangeworks Introduces a Quantum Ecosystem to Demystify QC Technology.) For more on CQC’s announcement with Strangeworks, you can view CQC’s news release here.

May 5, 2021