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06/07/18
Wolfsburg/Hanover
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Volkswagen tests quantum computing in battery research

  • Volkswagen experts want to simulate the chemical structure of batteries on quantum computers
  • They have already successfully modeled key molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains on quantum computers
  • The objective is the “tailor-made battery”, a configurable chemical blueprint ready for production
  • Volkswagen is presenting quantum computing at CEBIT (June 12-15)

For the first time, Volkswagen experts have succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer. This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries. The experts have successfully simulated molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. Now they are working on more complex chemical compounds. In the long term, they want to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer. Their objective is to develop a “tailor-made battery”, a configurable chemical blueprint that is ready for production. Volkswagen is presenting its research work connected with quantum computing at the CEBIT technology show (Hanover, June 12-15).

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