By Carolyn Mathas

The already in-place multi-domain research association between Volkswagen Group (Wolfsburg, Germany) and Toronto-based Xanadu across material science, computational chemistry, battery technologies, and quantum algorithms, is taking on a new project—developing advanced quantum algorithms to simulate battery materials. The algorithms will then be processed on Xanadu’s next-gen fault-tolerant quantum computers.

The basic goal of the multi-year joint effort will be to improve quantum algorithm performance, reduce computational cost and accelerate VW’s use of quantum computers focusing on batteries and battery materials. The resulting materials are expected to be not just more cost effective, but also safer and lighter. In addition, the program will also investigate other materials discovery computational problems, where quantum computing can have a major impact.

A recent joint research article Simulating key properties of lithium-ion batteries with a fault-tolerant quantum computer is a first look at the resources necessary to implement a quantum algorithm that simulate a realistic cathode material—in this case, di-lithium iron silicate.

The objective for Volkswagen is to become a data and software-driven provider of sustainable mobility. The company’s ambitions include leadership in both battery development and quantum computing applications. For more information on the partnership, access the Volkswagen Group press release here.

October 20, 2022