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EDF, Exaion Inc., PASQAL and the Quantum Innovation Zone Bring High-Performance Computing and Quantum Technologies to the Forefront of Energy Solutions

EDF, Exaion Inc., PASQAL and the Quantum Innovation Zone are joining forces to create the first open center of excellence to develop sustainable energy solutions using the combined capabilities of HPC and quantum computing. As the world is facing unprecedented energy challenges, we aim to provide the energy industry with sustainable quantum-based solutions by 2024.

This center of excellence is called QuaTERA – Quantum Technologies Energy Result Accelerator. It aims to form an ecosystem of partnerships at the intersection of the energy industry, classic/quantum hardware, and hybrid algorithms to design and build quantum-HPC-based solutions that solve real energy industry challenges today. QuaTERA welcomes organizations that share this goal to join at

“Today, quantum technologies hold many promises waiting to be turned into real-life solutions. We decided to take the lead and play a decisive role in producing practical HPC-quantum solutions impacting today’s energy sector while creating opportunities for collaborative projects and training of highly qualified personnel” said Richard St-Pierre, CEO of the Quantum Innovation Zone.

The cornerstone of this center of excellence is the expertise of Exaion Inc. in HPC and PASQAL in quantum machines. The coupling of these two systems will deliver unprecedented computing potential to solve what was impossible before. QuaTERA goes beyond the bounds of technology by combining computing power with EDF’s extensive library of energy optimization and simulation algorithms. This man-machine combination offers a path forward to solve specific problems faced by the world's energy industry such as digital twins, citywide EV charging stations, and resilience optimization to name a few. The center aims to stimulate the creation of open solutions while providing enough commercial incentives for enterprises to participate.

“We are keen to collaborate with other industry players to benefit the energy industry worldwide. By combining classic and quantum infrastructure as well as classic and quantum algorithms, we have the possibility to build industry-wide inflection points” Stéphane Tanguy, CIO & CTO at EDF Labs at EDF - EDF Fellow.

QuaTERA’s first home is a massive innovation lab based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, in the middle of a momentous quantum ecosystem that spans renowned academics from the Université de Sherbrooke, PINQ² and leading industry players.


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