Enable 50% renewable energy integration by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
An often overlooked, but equally important, advantage of quantum computing technologies is their energy footprint compared to classical machines. With their exponential improvement in computational power, quantum computers are already capable of performing specialized tasks in a fraction of the time required for a supercomputer with a fraction of the energy usage. As quantum systems begin to expand beyond the noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) era, increasing the complexity and scale while maintaining a low energy footprint will require reducing large, table-top experiments to chip-scale technologies.
IEE’s researchers are building photonic and microelectronic integrated hardware and full-stack software to solve some of the most difficult quantum engineering problems. These efforts include developing integrated photonic quantum computers using ultra-efficient photonic materials, heterogeneous integration of lasers and single-photon detectors with silicon photonics, interfacing atomic quantum systems onto photonic chips, and creating energy-efficient programming frameworks for emerging quantum computing technologies.