Project BASIQ: Award for new industry partner

As our second QCI application project, BASIQ has found an industrial partner. In the “Quantum Chemistry | NOISE” tendering round, the contract went to HQS Quantum Simulations. BASIQ and HQS will now jointly advance the simulation of battery materials at the atomistic level using quantum computers.

In the DLR quantum computing initiative, industry and research come together for efficient technology transfer. To this end, we regularly use public tenders to search for industrial partners for our software and application projects at the DLR institutes. Not only the research and industrial partners benefit from this cooperation, but also the German quantum computer industry in the development of innovative products.

As a second QCI project, BASIQ has now found an industrial partner: The startup HQS Quantum Simulations from Karlsruhe will now develop a quantum chemistry algorithm and a software tool for quantum simulations of relevant materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion for BASIQ.

For this purpose, the material system will be translated into an open quantum system in order to calculate its stationary and dynamic properties with the quantum algorithm that is also to be developed. As part of the algorithm, the noise of the quantum computer represents the weakly correlated environment of the active center.

For the execution of these quantum algorithms, BASIQ and HQS will be able to use our own QCI quantum computers, such as the ion trap systems that are being developed at the DLR Innovation Center Hamburg.

“With the insights from the BASIQ partnership, we will advance the industry in such a relevant field as battery material development.”

Birgit Schuster-Pascher, Projekt Manager DLR QCI

Benefits for research, industry and ecosystem

Creation of a reduced model for a periodic material using the Schrieffer-Wolf transform (Source: HQS Quantum Simulations)

Transferring quantum chemical problems to quantum computers is of great relevance for German industry. The development of better batteries in particular can have far-reaching consequences for mobility and climate protection and also affects many research areas at DLR. Likewise, material simulations are of considerable importance for large areas of German industry.

From this cooperation, DLR and the industrial partners gain new knowledge and experience in dealing with real quantum computers. The companies are also trained to market new products and services based on the research results. This gives industry, business and research access to quantum-accelerated computing methods.