Volkswagen tests quantum computing in battery research

June 08, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen experts have succeeded in simulating the chemical structure of industry-relevant molecules on a quantum computer. Among other things, this is relevant for the development of high-performance e-vehicle batteries. The experts mapped molecules such as lithium hydrogen and carbon chains and are now tackling more complex chemical compounds. In the long term, they want to simulate the chemical structure of complete electric vehicle batteries on a quantum computer. The goal: A "battery made to measure".

With newly developed algorithms, the vehicle manufacturer's experts have created the basis for simulating and optimizing the chemical structure of high-performance e-vehicle batteries on a quantum computer. In the long run, such a quantum algorithm could simulate the chemical composition of a battery according to different objectives such as weight reduction, maximum power density, element composition, etc. and directly derive the construction plan for production from it. This could significantly accelerate battery development, which today is rather a rather time-consuming and resource-intensive task.

In its IT labs in San Francisco and Munich, Volkswagen is working on tapping the potential of quantum computers for entrepreneurially meaningful areas of application. This mainly concerns the programming of algorithms on quantum computers. This follows different laws than with conventional computers. The Volkswagen Group is cooperating on quantum computing with technology partners Google and D-Wave, who are giving Volkswagen experts access to their systems.

Volkswagen will present its research work on quantum computing at the CEBIT technology fair (Hanover, June 12-15).

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