QUEST is an industry-university consortium to engineer “smarter smart grids” empowered by quantum computing technology. It was founded by a group of idealists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders with a common vision to engineer a 21st century power grid for a 21st century society. To achieve that goal, QUEST was formed in January of 2021 at the University of Denver, a leading research institution in the Rocky Mountain region.
Power Sector Applications
The forces driving the “grid of the future” such as decentralization, decarbonization, and digitalization all present large-scale power system problems requiring heavy computational resources. Quantum computing is a ground-breaking technology in information processing that can support global efforts in addressing these power system challenges.
Problem domains within the utility industry addressed by quantum computing include
- Increased levels of customer participation
- Opportunities in distributed energy resource integration and utilization
- Optimal system scheduling
- Contingency analysis
- Power quality and reliability improvement
- Asset management and system efficiency
- Demand-side management
- Electric vehicle studies
- Smart distribution
ComEd Embraces Quantum Computing to Navigate Power Grid Disruption. Online Article
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A. Khodaei, “How quantum computing is poised to support sustainable power grids,” GreenBiz, Sep. 2020.