Second Home of Quantum opens in Delft

Many noteworthy issues occurred within the realm of European tech yesterday. Nonetheless, not all concerned the King of Sweden — and quantum.

To see the consultant of such a standard workplace together with essentially the most out-there groundbreaking tech nearly causes a little bit of a cognitive dissonance. Nonetheless, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the inauguration of the second Home of Quantum constructing in Delft, the Netherlands, on Wednesday. 

The mission of Home of Quantum is to create a nationwide campus for the Dutch quantum ecosystem. It’s a co-working area that additionally gives plug-and-play labs and different services in any other case troublesome to entry for particular person startups. 

Its second constructing, DT01, welcomed its first members Q*Fowl (which simply launched a Quantum Key Distribution trial with the Port of Rotterdam), Equal1, OPNT, Xairos, and Qblox. Different present members embody Single Quantum, Orange Quantum Methods, and QuantrolOx. 

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The primary Home of Quantum constructing opened simply final yr. “The fast development of the Home of Quantum as soon as once more demonstrates the significance of constant to put money into quantum expertise,” stated Jesse Robbers, director of business and digital infrastructure at Quantum Delta NL.

QDNL and QSIP

Home of Quantum is a part of the Quantum Delta NL initiative. That is an ecosystem constructed round three catalyst programmes — quantum computing and simulation, a nationwide quantum community, and quantum sensing functions. It additionally helps 5 innovation hubs across the Netherlands: QDNL Delft, QDNL Amsterdam, QDNL Leiden, QDNL Eindhoven, and QDNL Twente.

It is going to additionally open campuses within the different hubs talked about above sooner or later. Moreover, QDNL sits on the board of QSIP — Quantum Sweden Innovation Platform, an initiative to help the expansion of a Swedish, globally aggressive and enticing quantum business, based as lately as November final yr. QDNL is funded by the Dutch Nationwide Development Fund with €615mn from the devoted quantum program.

The Netherlands first shaped a national quantum agenda in 2019. It took till final yr for Sweden’s innovation council Vinnova to publish a report concluding that Sweden even wants one. Royal consideration apart, let’s hope it won’t be a case of too little too late for the Nordic nation as quantum applied sciences proceed to succeed in milestone after milestone throughout the globe.