Berlin planning to become the R&D center for quantum technologies

Diving into the potential of quantum digital transformation, Berlin recently introduced the "Berlin Quantum Alliance" (BQA) to boost quantum technology research and development in Germany's capital.

The program brings together university and research institute expertise and fosters collaboration with Berlin's business sector. It aims to expand current quantum technology competence sustainably with the support of 25 million euros (USD 29 million) in governmental funding.

Quantum computers are considered one of the most significant technologies of the twenty-first century. Scientists expect to solve computational problems that are currently unsolvable, even with supercomputers. Even the economy stands to benefit from the continuous development of quantum computers.

BQA is based on a concept developed by researchers from the Technical University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (HHI), and Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

Michael Müller, Berlin's Governing Mayor and Senator for Science and Research, stated that the German capital is emerging as a major research city and the perfect site for crucial technologies. They have the conditions required to evolve into a true hub for quantum technology, thanks to the presence of exceptional universities, research institutes, and innovative firms.

Ramona Pop, Senator for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises mentioned that Berlin relies on future technologies like no other city. They are working on their science and business location by combining quantum technology competencies in the Berlin Quantum Alliance, he added.

Experts predict that the quantum computing business will witness growth from USD 507.1 million in 2019 to USD 64.98 billion by 2030. Notably, leading behemoths such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have made significant investments in this area.

The Berlin Business Office in the United States is prepared to assist American firms interested in participating in this effort and wants to utilize their thoughts, needs, and experience into Berlin's Quantum Alliance.

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