Volkswagen uses quantum computers to design batteriesJune 17, 2018
The German concern will use the most advanced quantum computers to develop batteries. These technologies will help the company model long molecular chains, and predict their behavior.
Volkswagen uses advanced quantum computers to help develop electrical batteries.
The company’s CODE laboratory in San Francisco recently launched a simulation of molecules, such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains, on quantum computers. The German automaker wants to model the complete chemical structure of an electromobile battery.
Using a quantum computer, VW can reproduce the chemical composition of the battery and analyze things such as weight loss and maximum power density. It will also be able to create designs that can be easily used in production. Therefore, quantum modeling will help accelerate the development of batteries.
“We are working hard to develop the potential of quantum computers for Volkswagen. Modeling of electrochemical materials is an important project in this context, ” – said Florian Neukart, chief researcher at CODE Laboratories in Volkswagen. Volkswagen also works with Google and D-Wave.
“In this area we are doing a real pioneering work. We are convinced that commercially available quantum computers will open previously unimaginable possibilities. ”
Since work on this technology is only at the initial stage, the batteries developed with the use of quantum computers are unlikely to appear in the near future. At least the first electric cars of the concern from the line ID (the first of which will be a compact hatchback), will definitely use third-party batteries. And the first models will appear in the next year.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen is already preparing for the release of its electrified line of cars ID. The first electric car of the company will be the hatchback ID Hatch, the design of which will be almost identical to the concept.