Industry partner for QCI project BASIQ

We are looking for industrial partners for the QCI project BASIQ: Battery material simulation with quantum computers. See TED: 152228-2023 for full details of the call. The submission deadline is April 13, 2023, 2 p.m. local time.

BASIQ supports the quantum computer industry in the development of innovative materials and products through research and development work. The project focuses on material simulations for gate-based quantum computers in the application area of battery materials. As part of the project, solid crystalline electrodes, such as mixed oxides, liquid electrolytes and the electrode interface are simulated and all the key material components for simulating a battery cell are considered.

In addition, BASIQ investigates partial differential equations (PDE) that simulate the interaction of the various components in an electrochemical cell, especially electrodes and electrolyte. These partial differential equations include an understanding of the principles of electrical, mechanical and chemical processes in the battery cell. The numerical solution of PDEs is currently carried out with classical computers, which, however, do not achieve sufficient results when simulating high-resolution heterogeneous structures such as porous electrodes.

With BASIQ, algorithms are to be researched and tested that solve the partial differential equations (PDE) for battery cells on quantum computers. In addition to the classic optimization of the variation approach, there are also other methods such as the Harrow-Hassidim-Lloyd method.

Quantum chemistry using noise

Specifically, the industrial participation in the field of quantum chemistry is about the quantum simulations of relevant materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion using noise. As part of the algorithm, the noise of the quantum computer should represent the weakly correlated environment of the active center.

The objective is the development of algorithms for quantum chemical calculations related to solids, individual molecules and their interactions as well as molecules on solids, implementations of the algorithms in software, including interfaces between algorithms and quantum hardware, especially the prototypical systems based on the DLR quantum computing initiative ion trap technology, photonic circuits, neutral atoms and NV centers in diamonds.

Next generation energy technologies

The BASIQ project is managed by the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics. In Stuttgart and at other research institutes in Cologne-Porz, Ulm, Oldenburg and Hamburg, more than 180 employees conduct research in the field of efficient and resource-saving energy storage and energy conversion technologies of the next generation. In addition to the core activities in the DLR business field Energy, the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics works on selected topics from the business fields Aeronautics and Transport and thus contributes its competencies to the work areas of DLR in an interdisciplinary manner. There is a close network with the University of Stuttgart – especially with the University Institute for Energy Storage – and the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) at the University of Ulm.