Denmark’s first 25-qubit device to be developed and deployed

39.6 million DKK investment to build and deploy a 25-qubit device

The DanQ project enhances cooperation among hardware development, software development, and use-case identification, offering Danish research and industry a competitive edge in comprehending the potential and constraints of this technology. Supported by a DKK 39.6 million investment from Innovation Fund Denmark, the project’s goal is to create a quantum computer at the Niels Bohr Institute. This quantum computer, featuring 25 quantum bits, will be the largest in Denmark and one of the few of its caliber in Europe, with components accessible for inspection and further development. 

To harness the full potential of quantum computing, the DanQ project is uniting basic research, applied research, and technology development to establish a superconducting quantum computer at the Niels Bohr Institute. 

This quantum computer will possess five times as many quantum bits as the current second-largest in Denmark, making it one of the few of its size globally accessible to research groups. The project demonstrates Denmark’s strong position in the quantum technology field and promotes close collaboration across industries, universities, and the healthcare sector. 

Public-private collaboration to harness the application potentials of quantum technology

Innovation Fund Denmark’s substantial investment in the DanQ project reflects the importance of staying competitive in the global quantum race. The project aims to provide a unique tool for both industry and research, potentially creating jobs and addressing major societal challenges. Over the next five years, experts in quantum hardware and software will collaborate to establish and test the quantum computer, with contributions from Danish startups, Kvantify and QDevil/Quantum Machines. 

The project also fosters collaboration with Ørsted Wind Power, the Department of X-rays at Herlev/Gentofte Hospital and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, examining potential applications that can accelerate the green transition and enhance healthcare operations. To fully realize the potential of quantum computers, the project seeks to deepen our understanding of their capabilities and limitations. 

The project’s collaboration spans across various research groups, including the Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, the Center for Mathematics of Quantum Theory at the University of Copenhagen, Kvantify, QDevil/Quantum Machines, Ørsted Wind Power, and Herlev/Gentofte Hospital. 

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The full description of the new DanQ project can be found here: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/news/one-europes-largest-open-quantum

Innovation Fund Denmark will make significant investments in both public and private quantum technology projects in the coming years to support the development, application and commercialization of quantum technologies in Denmark. Most recently, Innovation Fund Denmark published a 116 million DKK call – read more here: Innovation Fund Denmark announces Quantum Technology Call – Danish Quantum Community (dqc.dk)

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