With a little help from my friends Google and D-Wave, Volkswagen is on the path to simulate and optimize the chemical structure of high-performance electric vehicle batteries on a quantum computerEdgar Perez
Cooperating with technology partners Google and D-Wave, who provide the Volkswagen experts with access to their systems, the firm has succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer. They have successfully simulated molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. Now they are working on more complex chemical compounds.
Using newly developed algorithms, the Volkswagen experts have laid the foundation for simulating and optimizing the chemical structure of high-performance electric vehicle batteries on a quantum computer. In the long term, such algorithms could simulate the chemical composition of a battery on the basis of different criteria such as weight reduction, maximum power density or cell assembly and provide a design which could be used directly for production. This would significantly accelerate the battery development process, which has always been time-consuming and resource-intensive to date.
Florian Neukart, Volkswagen’s CODE Lab, said: “We are working hard to develop the potential of quantum computers for Volkswagen. The simulation of electrochemical materials is an important project in this context. In this field, we are performing genuine pioneering work. We are convinced that commercially available quantum computers will open up previously unimaginable opportunities. We intend to acquire the specialist knowledge we need for this purpose now.”
Highly specialized IT experts from Volkswagen, including data scientists, computer linguists and software engineers, are working together at the IT labs in San Francisco and Munich to develop the potential of quantum computers for applications which will be beneficial for the company. For information about applications in other industries, I will review them at my upcoming quantum computing workshops with GLDNAcademy.