FFI joins “Qlimate Initiative” to explore quantum solutions in green hydrogen


Green energy company Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) is set to become a foundational member of the “Qlimate Initiative” to explore quantum computing solutions in green hydrogen.

Based in Silicon Valley, Qlimate is a quantum computing net-zero initiative dedicated to help mitigate climate change.

Supported by PsiQuantum – a company that is working on the world’s first fault-tolerant quantum computer – Qlimate has managed to secure a substantial capacity on the early machines.

Qlimate is solely focused on partnering with decarbonisation leaders to maximize climate impact and provide them with access to the first generation of fault-tolerant quantum computers.

FFI and Qlimate inked a membership agreement to investigate quantum solutions in the field of green hydrogen.

FFI Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest described the announcement as the first step in a broader strategy to develop algorithms for modeling Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology and pulse electrolysis – key enablers for more efficient green hydrogen production – with the goal of building and scaling quantum computing-enabled green hydrogen ventures.

“The Qlimate initiative with leading quantum computing company PsiQuantum is critical to lowering emissions through green energy production, and this partnership, through greater knowledge, will help to achieve that faster,” Dr Forrest noted.

“PsiQuantum’s fault-tolerant quantum computer could be a leading light in technology for green hydrogen, and FFI as a first mover in green tech will help make it happen.”

Jeremy O’Brien, co-founder and CEO of PsiQuantum stated, “We are delighted that FFI shares our vision and is willing to take ambitious steps towards delivering some of the most promising decarbonization tools for potentially taking years off the path to net zero – helping the world to get back onto the target 1.5°C trajectory.

“Through this joint effort, we expect to improve the efficiency of green hydrogen electrolysis and significantly decrease production costs, helping build a viable green hydrogen economy.

“Given the transformational nature of this type of computing, not pursuing it is a bet that industry can’t afford not to make.”

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