Published: 1 June 2021, 17:00
Thuringia is about to become a high-tech location for quantum technologies. To this end, the Free State is funding a new competence network for quantum technologies with six million euros. At a digital opening event on May 31, 2021, Thuringia's Minister of Science Wolfgang Tiefensee officially gave a GO for the Quantum Hub Thuringia.
Quantum technologies are a key to the future: They provide solid prospect to enable highly efficient technologies that outperform the performance of classical systems. The control of individual quanta, i.e. the smallest light and energy components, enables disruptive applications, for example in the field of data processing (quantum computers), communication (tap-proof communication) as well as in analysis and measurement technology (quantum images, quantum sensors).
In Thuringia, essential foundations for these pioneering innovation technologies have been provided for many years. In order to bundle their competences in the field of quantum research, eleven Thuringian research institutions have now joined forces to form the Quantum Hub Thuringia. The goal: Through the targeted alignment of scientific and economic excellence, Thuringia wants to become a high-tech location for quantum technologies and thus an important part of a European quantum industry. The Free State of Thuringia is funding the new competence network with six million euros over a period of 32 months.
"Thuringia recognized the potential of quantum technologies early on and has been investing strategically in the development and expansion of its competencies for several years," said Wolfgang Tiefensee at the virtual opening ceremony at the Fraunhofer MEOS project center in Erfurt. Including ongoing projects, around 35 million Thuringian euros will flow into quantum research by the end of 2024. Since 2014, nine research groups have been supported in this area, including ACP's innovation center InQuoSens. In addition, there are currently ongoing federal projects worth around 60 million euros.
The Quantum Hub will now take the next important step towards a nationally significant location for quantum communication. "Secure quantum communication is a future issue for Thuringia with its strong photonics and IT industries", the minister explained. The Free State will also campaign for the long-term development of a secure nationwide quantum network and, for this purpose, set up the first test tracks for quantum communication in the region.
ACP director Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, spokesman for the Quantum Hub Thuringia added: "In the future, quantum communication will ensure the sovereignty of our data – an increasingly important basic right of our citizens in digitally networking world. Together with partners from industry and business, we as researchers contribute to the pioneering role of Thuringia in the development of quantum-based technologies, both in Germany and the European Union. Basic research is just as important to us as Thuringian industry is to enable them to play a creative role at key points in the quantum technological value chain."