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UK govt selects 38 quantum technology projects for £70m funding

Updated: Jun 21

The UK government will be investing over £70m across 38 new quantum technology projects in the country to mark the start of Quantum Tech Digital Week.

The government funding is part of its Quantum Technologies Challenge, which is led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The selected quantum technology projects involve more than 80 firms and about 30 universities and research organisations across the country including the University of Glasgow, University College London, and the National Physical Laboratory.

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the new projects will strive to solve global challenges and address major industrial challenges. These include developing batteries for electric vehicles to innovating energy storage systems that will cut down greenhouse gas emissions, through the use of advanced quantum technologies.

BEIS said that the new generation of such technologies exploit breakthroughs in the way special properties are manipulated and measured precisely for engineering quantum devices such as sensors and computers with dramatically improved functionality and performance.

The department said that the government’s significant cash injection will help in advancing quantum technologies and ensure that the country becomes a leader in the emerging field.

One of the beneficiary quantum technology projects of the funding is being led by medical imaging company Adaptix in collaboration with the University of Manchester. The project will use enhanced imaging to enable surgeons to differentiate between healthy tissues and tumours in cancer surgery in an effective manner.

Another project is from Bristol-based start-up QLM in collaboration with oil and gas firm BP and the National Grid. The project will use the funds for developing quantum enabled gas sensors for detecting industrial leaks to help prevent natural gas from being lost to the atmosphere, thereby contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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