One of Europe’s largest open quantum computers is now under development at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen named DanQ, the project could make quantum computing a vital tool for addressing complex challenges in fields like chemistry, material development, and advanced medical and societal modeling.
DanQ will be of unique design, as it is ‘open’ – so all components can be examined and individually developed. Kvantify will also use a sector-specific approach by closely collaborating with specialist institutions like the Steno Diabetes Centre in Herlev Hospital to maximize commercial viability.
Following the opening of their UK office, and a recent partnership with King’s College London’s chemistry department, Danish quantum computing company Kvantify, is a central player in the DanQ project. This marks a significant milestone not only for Denmark but all of Europe in terms of quantum technological innovation.
With its 25 qubits, this quantum computer will be the largest ever built on Danish soil and one of the few of its size in Europe. It aims to give Danish research and industry a lead in understanding the technology’s possibilities and limitations.
Kvantify’s specific role is to ensure the computer’s usability by developing software that allows businesses across sectors to tap into the quantum computer’s potential. “We are on the cusp of a technological transformation, and Kvantify’s skilled team of experts in maths, physics, and chemistry is dedicated to making the immense computational power of quantum computing practically applicable,” says Hans Henrik Knudsen, CEO of Kvantify.
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The quantum computer will be installed at the Superconducting Quantum Information Device Laboratory at the Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute. Here, close collaboration with Ørsted Wind Power and the imaging department at Steno Diabetes Centre, Herlev, and Gentofte Hospital will play a crucial role.
The complexity of coding on a quantum computer demands tight collaboration between experts in the field. For instance, there’s ongoing work with the imaging department at Steno Diabetes Centre to develop practical algorithms for calculating and simulating kidney functions.
“Sector-specific solutions are the cornerstone of our strategy. By working closely with partners like Ørsted and Herlev Hospital, we aim to understand and address the unique challenges and opportunities presented in each sector,” says Hans Henrik Knudsen.
The goal is to explore concrete, future applications that can accelerate the green transition and improve healthcare by leveraging new computational possibilities. Kvantify’s role is to ensure the practical applicability of these potentials.
About the consortium
The DanQ project began on May 1st and will run for five years. It’s a collaboration between research groups at the Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute/University of Copenhagen, the Centre for Mathematics of Quantum Theory at the University of Copenhagen, Kvantify, QDevil/Quantum Machines, Ørsted Wind Power, and Herlev/Gentofte Hospital. With a total budget of €7.1 million, partially funded by an investment of DKK €5.3 million from the Danish Innovation Fund, the DanQ project is focused on the development and optimization of a 25-qubit quantum computer at the Niels Bohr Institute.