There are many groups working on ways of simulating battery chemistry on a quantum computer. It is a difficult problem but one that could have a high payoff as the world converts to electric vehicles and demands more improvements in the batteries capacity to extend the range and reduce the size and weight. Although many of the other groups are trying to see if this can be done with NISQ level computers, PsiQuantum teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America to analyze what could be done on a future error-corrected machine.
PsiQuantum is Hitting on All Cylinders – Not least because of a $25 million award as part of the recently passed U.S. FY2022 package… PsiQuantum also reported an improved approach to simulating chemical systems in a paper co-authored with Mercedes-Benz R&D and published in APS’s Physical Review Research. PsiQuantum said “a new analysis of how electrolyte molecules in Lithium-ion batteries (LiB) can be simulated on a fault-tolerant quantum computer, enabling breakthroughs sought by automotive manufacturers in next-generation battery design.”
Technical paper outlines how EV makers will be able to perform previously impossible battery chemistry simulations and accelerate development of next-gen batteries using fault-tolerant quantum computers.
The widespread adoption of electric vehicles rests on developing faster charging, longer lasting battery technology – the critical enabler for transitioning away from internal combustion engines. PsiQuantum has been working with Mercedes Benz to assess just how advanced a quantum computer must be to revolutionize Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery design.