EDF, Alice & Bob, Quandela and CNRS Partner to Optimize Quantum Computing’s Energy Efficiency

July 10, 2024

PARIS, July 10, 2024 — French electric utility company EDF, in collaboration with quantum computing firms Quandela and Alice & Bob, and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), has launched a project to optimize energy consumption in quantum computing.

The “Energetic Optimisation of Quantum Circuits” (OECQ) project will initially compare the energy requirements of high-performance computing (HPC) systems with those of quantum computers, based on industry use cases. This phase will provide the first comprehensive measurement of energy consumption across a quantum computer’s entire stack.

In the subsequent phase, the focus will shift to enhancing the energy efficiency of quantum computers. This includes not only the energy needed by the quantum processing unit (QPU) but also the auxiliary technologies supporting it, which constitute a significant portion of the total energy consumption.

The OECQ project unites a diverse team of experts from fundamental research and industry R&D:

  • EDF: As a leader in energy transition, EDF brings its expertise in classical and quantum computing and will identify use cases demanding high computational power and energy consumption. Since 2017, EDF has had a dedicated team of quantum computing researchers to test the performance of these future machines.
  • Alice & Bob: Specializing in quantum processing unit and algorithm development, they will test the energy needs of their innovative superconducting qubit architecture, the cat qubit.
  • Quandela: A leader in photonic quantum computing, Quandela provides hardware and software solutions. They will estimate the energy consumption for selected use cases using their current quantum systems and develop more energy-efficient quantum processor prototypes.
  • CNRS: The CNRS Quantum Energy Team will ensure methodological excellence and calculate theoretical energy consumption bounds.

Throughout the whole project, CNRS will ensure methodological excellence and compute the theoretical bounds for energy consumption.

The project, with a total cost of €6.1 million, is supported up to €4.5 million by a France 2030 grant operated on behalf of the French state by Bpifrance, France’s public investment bank.

“One of the primary objectives of the OECQ project is to seize the opportunity to develop quantum computing technology in an energy-efficient manner from the outset,” said Théau Peronnin, CEO of Alice & Bob. “As quantum computing is still in its nascent stages, this project will dimension the future energy infrastructures that will support mature quantum technology. Additionally, since energy consumption is a key cost driver in quantum tech, making these processes more efficient offers a significant competitive advantage.”

“EDF is committed to the promotion of a responsible and low-carbon digital transformation. Since 2018, EDF has been involved in evaluating the benefits of quantum for our businesses. This technology brings key advantages both in terms of computational speed and energy optimization,” said Joseph Mikael, Head of Quantum Computation.

“As co-founders of the Quantum Energy Initiative, our CNRS team is extremely excited by OECQ, which is the first large project devoted to the exploration of a quantum energetic advantage in real quantum computers. It will consolidate the lead of France in quantum energetics and bring into existence a new way of practicing responsible innovation, which takes into account the fact that energetic resources are finite,” said Alexia Auffèves, CNRS Senior Scientist.

“We recognize that energy efficiency is paramount in the development of quantum computing technology,” said Niccolo Somaschi, CEO of Quandela. “As we push the boundaries of what is possible, it’s crucial that we do so in a sustainable manner.”

About EDF

The EDF Group is a key player in the energy transition, as an integrated energy operator engaged in all aspects of the energy business: power generation, distribution, trading, energy sales and energy services. The Group is a world leader in low-carbon energy, with a low carbon output of 434TWh, a diverse generation mix based mainly on nuclear and renewable energy (including hydropower). It is also investing in new technologies to support the energy transition. EDF’s raison d’être is to build a net zero energy future with electricity and innovative solutions and services, to help save the planet and drive well-being and economic development. The Group supplies energy and services to approximately 40.9 million customers and generated consolidated sales of €139.7 billion in 2023. Customers are counted per delivery site. A customer may have two delivery points.

About Alice & Bob

Alice & Bob is a quantum computing company based in Paris and Boston whose goal is to create the first universal, fault-tolerant quantum computer. Founded in 2020, Alice & Bob has already raised €30 million in funding, hired over 95 employees and demonstrated experimental results surpassing those of technology giants such as Google or IBM. Alice & Bob specializes in cat qubits, a pioneering technology developed by the company’s founders and later adopted by Amazon. Demonstrating the power of its cat architecture, Alice & Bob recently showed that it could reduce the hardware requirements for building a useful large-scale quantum computer by up to 200 times compared with competing approaches. Alice & Bob cat qubit is available for anyone to test through cloud access.

About Quandela

Quandela is a quantum computing company, specialized in industry-grade cloud, and on-premises solutions. It is a leading light of the tech world. The company leverages semiconductor and photonic industries to manufacture qubit technologies and modules for quantum computing systems that scale. With a focus toward the development of useful quantum computing solutions, Quandela works on machines and algorithms for quantum advantage, to propel the industry toward error corrected system, enabling their Quantum Transformation along the journey.

About CNRS

A major player in basic research worldwide, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is the only French organization active in all scientific fields. Its unique position as a multi-specialist enables it to bring together all of the scientific disciplines in order to shed light on and understand the challenges of today’s world, in connection with public and socio-economic stakeholders. Together, the different sciences contribute to sustainable progress that benefits society as a whole.


Source: EDF

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