The German government has announced a massive five-year investment intended to bolster competitive quantum computer technology and create a surrounding eco-system for users. The Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is ponying up EUR 1.1 billion for the project while the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is chipping in EUR 878 million.
“Quantum technologies are one of the decisive key technologies of the future,” said Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek in a statement. “They will allow us to communicate with absolute security, make great leaps in medical technology thanks to high-precision sensors and master previously insoluble problems in logistics and materials research.”
The ministry says it will fund the construction of demo quantum computers with a capacity of 24 completely functional qubits.
The lion’s share of the BMWi funds will go to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which has been tasked with forming two consortia to develop a German quantum computer as well as the accompanying software and applications.
“Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize key sectors of our economy, for instance, energy and transport management and medical testing,” said Economy Minister Peter Altmaier. “Our goal is for Germany to be at the global forefront of the development and practical application of quantum computing.”