Contractor wanted for BASIQ | Applications

For our BASIQ project, we are looking for a contractor – preferably also a consortium – to test novel quantum algorithms on specific, industry-relevant material problems. The industrial partner we are looking for is a manufacturer or supplier of components in the field of electromobility or stationary energy storage and the applications deal with material problems of battery/fuel cells from one of the following subject areas: Aviation, aerospace, heavy goods transport (including shipping), private transport and power supply. Participation in the tendering procedure is possible via TED 791780-2023. The submission deadline is 31 January 2024 at 2 pm.

The potential of quantum computers for materials research

The BASIQ project of the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics supports the quantum computer industry in the development of innovative materials and products through research and development work.

It is generally assumed that quantum simulations for materials research will be the first application of quantum computers with a practical quantum advantage. BASIQ is focussing on material simulations for gate-based quantum computers in the application area of battery materials. Solid crystalline electrodes, e.g. mixed oxides, liquid electrolytes, e.g. water, and the electrode interface, e.g. metal surfaces, are simulated. This means that all decisive material components for the simulation of a battery cell are considered. In addition, partial differential equations (PDE) are analysed, which simulate the interaction of the various components in an electrochemical cell, in particular electrodes and electrolyte.

Collaboration in the BASIQ project

The next step is to test the algorithms researched as part of BASIQ for specific industry-relevant material problems. To this end, use cases relevant to electrochemical energy storage and conversion are to be identified. In particular, batteries and fuel cells in the field of electromobility for private transport, heavy goods transport, aviation and space travel, but also stationary energy storage are relevant for DLR.

The quantum algorithms developed in the course of the project for quantum chemical calculations at the atomistic level and for continuum simulation for solving partial differential equation systems are to be tested for the identified use cases and benchmarked against classic comparative algorithms. The object of delivery is industry-relevant use cases and their classic methods for electrochemical energy storage in batteries and fuel cells. Specifically:

  • Testing of developed algorithms for specific industry-relevant use cases,
  • Benchmarking against classical methods,
  • Planning and scheduling processes in rail transport,
  • Adaptation of quantum simulation to specific hardware*,
  • Identification of a use case that may have a scaling advantage on a quantum computer compared to conventional algorithms

* these are essentially prototype systems based on ion trap technology, neutral atoms, photonic circuits and on the basis of NV centres in diamonds