Bosch Partners with IBM in Strategic Quantum Computing Engagement in Materials Science for Fuel Cells and Batteries

Bosch partners with IBM for strategic engagement in quantum computing materials science for fuel cells and batteries.

The two companies will conduct joint material science research, enablement and use case projects for fuel cells, electric motors or advanced sensor materials.

IBM and Bosch announced their partnership as part of a strategic commitment to quantum computing. As part of this commitment, Bosch will also join the IBM Quantum network. Experts from both companies will work together to study and further develop the potential applications of quantum computing in materials science.

The IBM Quantum network currently has more than 200 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, startups, research centers and educational institutions. Together, its members and the IBM Quantum teams are exploring how quantum will benefit a variety of industries and disciplines, including finance, chemistry and artificial intelligence.

Bosch, one of the world’s leading technology and service providers, will have access to IBM’s quantum technology and Qiskit Runtime as a service, via the IBM Cloud. Bosch brings its many years of experience in the field of materials simulation with conventional computers in an industrial environment and its ability to mass produce high technology.

IBM will provide its quantum computing technology and expertise in the development of quantum algorithms and industry-specific implementations.

With its activities in the field of electromobility, Bosch brings a concrete application in which quantum computers could soon offer a significant advantage over conventional computers in the discovery and design of new materials. New materials are decisive for achieving greater energy efficiency and reducing the consumption of natural resources.

Most of the functional materials relevant for fuel cells, batteries, electric motors or advanced sensors contain strongly correlated electrons; conventional computers are not able to calculate the properties of these materials with sufficient precision. IBM and Bosch will jointly develop robust and powerful quantum algorithms for industrial applications in this area.

The joint work has already begun by laying the foundations for algorithms and workflows that enable computational materials design of industry-relevant materials on quantum computers.

The first results are promising; these include moving towards more realistic models, beyond common solid-state physics approximations such as the single-band Hubbard model, and scaling them to system sizes of interest.

The work will explore how significant reductions in development time and costs as well as the discovery of new classes of materials can be made possible in the future. For example, improved perovskite phase stability diagrams for fuel cells, improved defect engineering for detection, realistic catalytic and reaction rates, and predictable magnetic properties could eventually become possible.

Thomas Kropf, director of Bosch Research, said:

For Bosch, materials for applications in the fields of electromobility, renewable energies and sensor technology play a particularly important role here.

“Quantum computing supports the targeted use of resources and can therefore be an important building block for achieving climate and sustainability goals,” says Kropf.

Scott Crowdervice president, IBM Quantum Adoption and Business Development, said:

Even simple models of real materials tend to quickly become difficult for conventional computers to simulate.

“That’s why Bosch’s collaboration with IBM, as well as the extended IBM Quantum Network on quantum computing research, is so important. We will work together to solve a wide range of problems related to materials science, in the fields of electromobility, renewable energies and sensor technology. Our team looks forward to working with Bosch.

IBM has established a roadmap for advancing quantum computing in three key areas: hardware, software and ecosystem development. The company announced the deployment of its 433-qubit “Osprey” processor at the annual IBM Quantum Summit as another step in its roadmap to systems powered by more than 4,000 qubits, built with multiple modular-scale processor clusters , by 2025.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading technology and service providers. It employs approximately 402,600 people worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company achieved a turnover of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its activities are divided into four business segments: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods and Energy and Building Technology.

As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0,
and connected mobility. Bosch pursues a vision of sustainable, safe and exciting mobility. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers cross-domain solutions connected from a single source.

The strategic goal of the Bosch Group is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that contain artificial intelligence (AI) or that have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves the quality of life around the world with innovative products and services that inspire. In short, Bosch creates technology “invented for life”.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its approximately 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in around 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering and sales network covers nearly every country in the world.

With more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations worldwide, Bosch employs some 76,100 research and development associates, of whom more than 38,000 are software engineers.

The company was founded in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as the “Workshop for precision mechanics and electrical engineering”.

The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, allowing the company to plan for the long term and to undertake large initial investments to secure its future.

Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a company owned by the Bosch family. The majority of the voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The corporate ownership functions are performed by the trust.

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