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BP joins IBM Quantum Network to pioneer use of Quantum technology in energy

February 26, 2021

BP (the energy giant) has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the use of quantum computing technology in the energy industry. As an Industry Partner, BP will have access to IBM’s quantum assets and expertise through the cloud. Currently, BP will be able to use a 65-qubit quantum computer as well as be involved in an important milestone on the IBM roadmap, a 1,000+ qubit system scheduled for the end of 2023.

The main problem BP wants to tackle is reducing carbon emissions and increase driving efficiency. To do this, BP can employ quantum computing to perform the necessary calculations.

‘BP’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and help the world get to ‎net zero. Next-generation computing capabilities such as quantum computing will assist in ‎solving the science and engineering challenges we will face, enabling us to reimagine energy ‎and design new lower carbon products.’

Morag Watson, senior vice president, digital ‎science and engineering for bp

Quantum computing can be applied in areas such as modelling the chemistry of various clays and hydrocarbon wells, analysing and managing fluid dynamics of wind farms, optimising robotic facilities, and create new opportunities to deliver clean energy.

‘Next-generation computing capabilities such as quantum computing will assist in ‎solving the science and engineering challenges we will face, enabling us to reimagine energy ‎and design new lower carbon products.’

Morag Watson, senior vice president, digital ‎science and engineering, bp

Earlier in 2020, BP announced its decision to reach zero net emission and a new strategy. By the end of the decade, the company will have increased net renewable-generating capacity by 20 times, up to 50 gigawatts. Annual low carbon investment is planned to be 10 times more at $5 billion. For oil and gas, BP is trying to cut it down by 40%.

‘BP joins a rapidly growing number of clients working with IBM to explore quantum computing to ‎help accelerate the discovery of solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. The energy industry is ripe with opportunities ‎to see value from the use of quantum computing through the discovery of new materials designed ‎to improve the generation, transfer, and storage of energy.’

Dario Gil, ‎Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research

The IBM Quantum Network boasts more than 130 members. They range from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions, and research facilities working on quantum technology. These members of the Network work with IBM teams to discover breakthroughs and explore how quantum computing can work within many industries and fields.

About BP

BP is a worldwide energy company that aims to deliver clean energy. By 2050 the company wants to be a net-zero company, sooner if possible. It recently announced its strategy on how it will go about achieving this goal.

About IBM Quantum

IBM Quantum is an industry-first initiative by IBM. The alliance aims to unite all members and work on integrating quantum computing in various fields, as well as advance the quantum computing discipline.

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