Is the future of energy quantum?

Quantum computing is gaining popularity in the energy sector, with EDF in France and Eni in Italy exploring new use cases.

EDF is working with quantum startup Quandela to test photonic computing on hydroelectric dams. The new technology could boost the speed and accuracy of numerical simulations of dam deformation while cutting the energy cost of the simulations.

The hope is that these simulation models could also be used for other industrial applications, and that photonic calculation could support machine learning, especially in consumption forecasting.

EDF was one of the first companies in France to invest in quantum technologies as early as 2018, aiming to boost its computing performance for energy management. The company’s interest in simulation goes back 40 years, according to Stéphane Tanguy, Director of Information Systems and Technologies at EDF R&D.

“The calculations and equations developed are the result of decades of research and effort. Quandela’s know-how, complementary to ours, allows us to form a rich and solid partnership to continue to advance on these subjects,” said Tanguy.

Meanwhile, Italian oil major Eni is working with another French quantum processing startup, Pasqal, to develop next-gen applications for the energy sector, including renewables. Eni runs one of the world’s most powerful privately-owned supercomputers at its Green Data Centre in Ferrera Erbognone.

Pasqal’s algorithms should help to accelerate Eni’s research and capabilities in renewable energy technologies and other areas.

Eni has developed particular expertise in wave energy and concentrated solar power, and is also developing advanced biofuel solutions, including hydrogen, as well as carbon capture and storage technologies.

Posted by: Zero Net