Research is conducted on and with the quantum computer “IBM Q System One”, which was installed in Ehningen, Baden-Württemberg, exclusively for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its partners. Six Fraunhofer Institutes are collaborating on the six projects, along with 16 other university, college and non-university institutes from the state as well as about 40 associated cooperate partners from Baden-Württemberg and Germany.
“In the competence network and the joint projects, we conduct application-oriented research and development in close cooperation with partners from politics, research and industry in the important future field of quantum computing, which offers great development opportunities in many markets such as information technology, security technology, chemistry, finance and logistics. Our goal is to bring this technology to market maturity”, explains Prof. Dr. Dr. Oliver Ambacher, Director of Fraunhofer IAF in Freiburg and Spokesperson of the Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing.
Minister of Economics Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut states with regard to the joint projects: “Quantum technologies offer enormous opportunities for our economy. The projects are an important building block for further strengthening the existing ecosystem for this future technology consisting of universities, research institutes, start-ups and companies in Baden-Württemberg. In doing so, we are also increasing the state's international visibility as a leading region for quantum technology innovations.”
The projects in the first funding round 2021 to 2022 will focus on three key aspects:
Potential fields of applications include battery and fuel cell modelling, stability analysis of critical infrastructure networks, as well as applications and algorithms for manufacturing, development, logistics, energy and finance. An overview of the six projects with brief summary and the associated partners can be found here.
The Fraunhofer Competence Center “Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg” is part of the nationwide competence network Quantum Computing that was founded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in cooperation with IBM Germany. The goal is to advance the key technology of quantum computing in Germany and to develop new technological solutions as well as quantum-based computing strategies for applied, economically relevant questions. The network was founded as a central hub for German companies and research organizations that want to research on the IBM quantum computer at Ehningen, Baden-Württemberg that operates, thanks to its location, under German law.
Fraunhofer IAF (Freiburg) and Fraunhofer IAO (Stuttgart) coordinate the Competence Center “Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg”. Both institutes have a high-performance computer pool for training and schooling purposes, each consisting of ten workstations and one conventional high-performance computer connected to the IBM quantum computers.
The German press release by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism can be found here: Wirtschaftsministerium fördert Verbundforschungsprojekte zum Quantencomputing mit über 19 Millionen Euro