Utility joins Microsoft's Quantum programme to explore how quantum can tackle energy challenges
By Mark Sutton
23 Jul 2018
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to work with Microsoft to utilise quantum computing to tackle challenges of energy efficiency and optimisation.
The utility is the first company from outside of the US to join Microsoft's Quantum programme, which aims to develop the emerging quantum computing technology. Microsoft will work closely with DEWA to identify the areas where the power of quantum computing, which is predicted to far-exceed traditional computing, will have the greatest impact. The move is part of DEWA's efforts to utilise the latest global technologies in energy and water.
As part of the co-operation, DEWA will be able to programme and test quantum algorithms, then apply those quantum solutions within Microsoft's Azure platform to achieve real-world impacts even before the development of a general-purpose quantum computer. This work will ensure a seamless migration for DEWA to use Microsoft's quantum computing, once it is available. DEWA will also work with Microsoft to develop a quantum strategy.
"We are delighted to work with Microsoft to utilise the great capabilities of quantum computing. This supports our efforts to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. This also contributes to our efforts to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, make use of disruptive technologies to enhance government services, develop long-term proactive plans, and promote DEWA's role in anticipating and making the future of energy. This will contribute to a brighter, happier, and more sustainable future for generations to come," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
"We will leverage the enormous capabilities of quantum computing to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation as well as enhance Dubai's infrastructure. Through Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, we are redefining the concept of a utility to create a new digital future for Dubai. DEWA will disrupt the entire business of public utilities by becoming the world's first digital utility using autonomous systems for renewable-energy and its storage, expansion in Artificial Intelligence adoption, and digital services. This supports the Dubai 10X initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities. This partnership will provide us with early access to Microsoft's quantum computing research and capabilities to develop solutions that improve performance, productivity, and quality of our services," added Al Tayer.
"Quantum computing holds the promise of solving some of our planet's greatest challenges that today's computers are unable to solve. Innovative partners such as DEWA understand the benefits of getting in early, not only to build their quantum knowledge and skills, but to create immediate solutions that can be applied today," said Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Quantum.