This message to make you aware of the quantum energy initiative (QEI), a new international initiative jointly launched by Robert Whitney (CNRS LPMMC, Grenoble, France), Olivier Ezratty (consultant and author, France) and Alexia Auffèves (CNRS Institut Néel France and MajuLab Singapore), together with a first seed group of international quantum scientists and industry vendors.
Quantum technologies exploit quantum features like entanglement and superposition to implement tasks in a way they outperform their classical counterparts. Popular examples of such technologies are quantum computing, communication, sensing and metrology, which have raised important interest lately. While the focus has so far been on their brute performances and on their new potential use cases, the QEI aims to develop a systemic approach to keep in check their energetic footprint and more generally their physical resource cost, already at their early stage. The spirit is to engage as far upstream as possible in a process of responsible innovation shared by the actors of the international quantum ecosystem, while stimulating the exploration of deep and fundamental questions of quantum physics and quantum information -- from the fundamental bounds of quantum information processing to the conditions of possibility of an energetic advantage of quantum nature.
Careful resource management in quantum technologies mandates synergies between fundamental research, quantum and enabling technologies within an international and interdisciplinary network. If you are interested in contributing, you are most welcome to fill our poll whose results will be used to organize a first conference along 2023. You can also endorse the QEI by signing the Manifesto, to call for dedicated work programs in quantum strategies worldwide. At the european level, it could be a dedicated section in the Strategic Research Agenda. You can find positioning elements and a proposed methodology in the PRX Quantum Perspective Quantum Technologies Need an Energy Initiative.
We hope we can have you on board! With our best wishes,
Alexia Auffèves, CNRS, Institut Néel (Grenoble, France) and MajuLab (Singapore)
Olivier Ezratty, consultant and author
Robert Whitney, CNRS, LPMMC (Grenoble, France)