Volkswagen Group And Xanadu Partners To Increase The Performance Of Quantum Algorithms For Modeling Battery Materials

Volkswagen Group And Xanadu Partners To Increase The Performance Of Quantum Algorithms For Modeling Battery Materials

Volkswagen Group, a global automotive manufacturer, and Xanadu, a Canadian quantum technology startup, have collaborated on a multiyear research project to increase the performance of quantum algorithms for modelling battery materials.

The collaboration aims to lower computational costs and speed up Volkswagen’s adoption of quantum computers to develop safer, lighter, and more cost-effective battery materials. The accurate and efficient simulation of battery materials is a major commercial challenge that may benefit from developing fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Existing classical methods, such as density-functional theory, have formed the bedrock of computational chemistry for decades. Despite their many triumphs, they are hitting limits in research areas critical to constructing stronger batteries.

“With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen enters new territory, especially when it comes to exploring opportunities along the battery value chain. Next-generation high-performance materials and electrochemical processes are key ingredients of this expedition.” “Working together with cutting-edge companies like Xanadu is like hopping on a speed boat heading at the next big thing: Quantum Computing might trigger a revolution in material science and optimization, key competences to grow our inhouse battery expertise.”

Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation.

During the previous year, Volkswagen and Xanadu collaborated on multi-domain research in material science, computational chemistry, battery technologies, and quantum algorithms, laying the groundwork for the program’s long-term research activities. 

The joint program aims to address industry issues in battery research by developing new quantum algorithms for modelling battery materials, which will be processed on Xanadu’s next-generation fault-tolerant quantum computers. The joint program will also look into further computational challenges in materials discovery, where quantum computing has the most significant potential for effect.

The collaboration contributes to Volkswagen’s greater goal of becoming a data-driven provider of sustainable mobility and their aspiration to be leaders in battery research and quantum computing applications.

“At Xanadu, we are pushing the frontiers of quantum computing hardware, software, and algorithms. Our goal in quantum algorithms research is to make quantum computers truly useful. Focusing on batteries is a strategic choice given the demand from industry and the prospects for quantum computing to aid in understanding the complex chemistry inside a battery cell,” “We are thrilled to be working alongside the fantastic team at Volkswagen to perform cutting-edge research focused on overcoming the technical obstacles in quantum algorithms that will be necessary to unlock the potential of quantum computing for battery development.”

Juan Miguel Arrazola, Head of Algorithms at Xanadu.

Earlier this year, Volkswagen AG and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote e-mobility in Canada. Both sides agreed to look into ways for Canada to help Volkswagen’s worldwide and regional battery supply chains. 

The Canadian government has invested extensively in quantum technology and continues to do so. This investment has brought world-class talent to the country, strengthened the quantum ecosystem, and elevated Canada to the forefront of quantum technology.

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