Harwell Campus is to be central to the development of quantum computing in which the UK is seeking to lead the world.

Science minister Amanda Solloway launched the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) on Wednesday, September 2 which will bring academia, business, and Government together at the campus to address the main issues in bringing forward the technology which will mean hugely more powerful computers than currently exist.

Preparatory work on the new centre starts this month with completion expected in 2022.

John Vandore, business development manager and quantum community engagement manager at Harwell Campus said: “This announcement of the NQCC will inject powerful momentum into accelerating growth of quantum technology throughout the UK.”

Quantum computers have significant benefits in helping a number of technologies including the design of ultra-high energy storage batteries for electric vehicles and speeding up the process of drug discovery.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, chief executive at UK Research and Innovation, the government department funding the Centre, said: “Quantum computers are extraordinary new tools with the potential to allow us to tackle previously insurmountable challenges, promising benefits for all of society through applications in areas such as drug discovery and traffic optimisation.

“The National Quantum Computing Centre will tackle the key bottlenecks in quantum computing by bringing together experts from across the UK’s outstanding research and innovation system from academia and industry to unlock the potential of this exciting new technology.”

Rigetti Computing is developing the UK’s first quantum computer, working with a team including Oxford Instruments, part of the Government’s ambition for the UK to become the world’s first quantum-ready economy.

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