Volkswagen has successfully simulated several molecules commonly found in batteries using quantum computing. The simulations currently include simple chemicals such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains, but will eventually include more complex compounds. The end goal is a simulation of an entire battery without the use of a physical model. Volkswagen will share its work at the upcoming CEBIT Technology show.
Volkswagen hopes that its”tailor-made batteries” will be easily configurable within several parameters, such as maximum weight and power density, or cell assembly. This would greatly hasten battery development and allow for highly-customized designs.
“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. 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,” says Volkswagen Principal Scientist Florian Neukart.