Quantum technology is a key technology that enables radically new products and services. Quantum computers, quantum simulators, quantum networks and quantum sensors will soon be able to do things that ‘classical’ devices cannot, such as simulating the behaviour of new materials at molecular level and protecting Internet communication against hackers with quantum keys. We are on the eve of a technology revolution that is expected to make a major contribution to solving societal challenges in areas such as energy, food and healthcare.
The Quantum Delta NL Programme has received a grant of 615 million euros from the National Growth Fund to position the Netherlands as a leading international centre and hub for quantum technology; i.e. Quantum Delta NL. The goal is to develop a leading European knowledge cluster in seven years that will contribute 5 to 7 billion euros to GDP and lead to the creation of 30,000 high-quality Dutch jobs in the long term. The Quantum Delta NL programme is an action plan that focuses on all the links in the ecosystem: from individual talent development, to research and entrepreneurship, to cleanroom facilities.
The programme's goals include further development of the quantum computer and the quantum internet, which will be freely available to end users in business and societal sectors, including education. The ‘living lab quantum & society’ has also been set up as part of this initiative. The mission is to create a thriving ecosystem in which talent at all levels is trained appropriately and collaborates across institutional boundaries to create a new European high tech industry.
Programme implementation is the responsibility of the Quantum Delta NL foundation, a broad collaboration of knowledge institutes, companies and societal organisations, including QuTech (TU Delft and TNO), QuSoft (UvA and CWI), QT/e (Eindhoven University of Technology), aQa (Leiden University), TNO, NanoLabNL, MinacNed, NanoNextNL, Braventure and Techleap. The Dutch government is directly involved via the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Defence and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Facts and figures
Market researchers predict that the market for quantum technology will grow to over USD 65 billion during the next 20 years, and will reach around USD 300 billion worldwide by 2050. This is also the reason why governments and companies worldwide are investing heavily in quantum research and innovation.
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