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Science Minister launches National Quantum Computing Centre

3 September 2020

On Wednesday, 2 September, Science Minister Amanda Solloway launched the UK's National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) to place the UK at the forefront of this transformative new technology.

Quantum computers will be much more powerful than current 'classical' computers and able to perform tasks that are practically impossible today.

Unlocking this power will catalyse the development of new technologies that will deliver benefits for all of society, ranging from the design of ultra-high energy storage batteries for electric vehicles to improving and speeding up the process of drug discovery and identifying the most efficient use of resources to help us become an environmentally-sustainable society.

The centre is being established with a £93 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to bring together academia, business and government to address key challenges to quantum computing, such as its scalability.

Working closely with industry and the research community, the centre will provide access to quantum computers as they come on stream and catalyse the growth of the UK's quantum computing industry, leading to new jobs, skills and knowledge creation.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway launched the NQCC at the Quantum Computing Summit during London Tech Week.

A further update was provided on progress in a number of key areas, including the launch of a roadmap outlining key technologies that will be developed with the ultimate aim of delivering 100+ qubit NISQ-era user platforms – early quantum computers – by 2025. This will help UK businesses and researchers to tap into the potential of this technology to develop a range of applications for quantum computing and fully unlock its capabilities.

Work to prepare the NQCC site on the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire will commence this month. Completion of the building is expected by the end of 2022.


Updated by: Michal Filus