French industrial quantum use cases: EDF
Stéphane TANGUY - CIO & CTO at EDF Labs, EDF, France
Quantum computing main use cases at EDF: material ageing modelling, safety probabilistic study and combinatorial optimization for energy management. Explore the EDF quantum journey to address them.
French industrial quantum use cases
CIO & CTO
EDF Labs, France
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Quantum computing @ EDF Labs
EDF Labs CIO & CTO
PRIORITIES4 in line with the EDF Group's CAP
EDF LABS IN BRIEF
Generation (Nuclear, Renewable, Hydraulic,
Network / Smarties (smart-grids, smart-cities)
COMPUTING ALL OVER THE GRID !! PHYSICAL SIMULATION AND DATA ANALYSIS
Nuclear : a particular domain
• TOP 100 HPC machines - 700 Million CPU hours per year
• Unique simulation code portfolio covering major domains of
• >500 Engineers/year either developing code or delivering HPC
• Total of 120 PHD students
Computing assets & resources to deliver
MAIN USE CASES FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING @ EDF
Modelling ageing phenomena's with quantum
Stake : foresee material ageing patterns to
gain operational margin.
Contribute to regulatory studies for ASN IRSN
Decision support tool for real time risk analysis
Recalculate risk based on operation current
state and maintenance operation
Avoid roll back in case uninttended events
OPTIMIZATION FOR ENERGY
Smart charging : optimizing VEs charging for
the grid operator/charging operator/user
Decentralized energy systems, exploiting
large data volume
EDF APPROACH TO QUANTUM COMPUTING
3. Experimenting &
feed back loop
QAOA on ATOS QLM,
Pasqal (Quantum annealing
What does it mean for
Where to start ?
Main uses cases ?
2. Building our
Industrial & Quantum
Courtesy of Institut d’Optique
QUANTUM ALGORITHM FOR OPTIMAL BATTERY OPERATION
Every battery model has a
capacity, a power range and
a lifetime (charge cycles).
When a battery is used,
either to deliver capacity or
frequency response, it ages.
Before investing, the financial
scenarios are investigated
using forecasted prices.
To integrate higher volume of renewables, EDF plans to install large
batteries on national scale power grids. But optimising the
investment and the life time operation of these storage systems is a
problem whose complexity exceeds the capabilities of classical
This ‘hands-on’ experiment is
being developed in the EDF
Energy R&D UK Centre.
Formulation in a Knapsack
problem (NP complex)
Adaptation of a recent
quantum algorithm (QAOA)
Implementation on Quantum
Scope of work
| 8Calcul quantique | 03/2018
An in-depth review of
Working with business
experts to reformulate the
problem in a standard
A new formulation of
QAOA for Knapsack on
Universal Quantum Gates.
A novel quantum circuit
AN implementation into the
IBM QisKit package.
Experiments with a
simulator and evaluation of
behaviour and sensitivity.
QUANTUM ALGORITHM FOR OPTIMAL BATTERY OPERATION (2)
▪ Agnostic position in relation to Qubit technology
▪ We are focused on ramping up our R&D capability to
develop/use quantum algorithms
▪ We won’t go alone .. Leveraging multiple partnerships
in particular the rich quantum ecosystem of Plateau de
▪ We welcome initiatives to boost academic training &
research capabilities and develop cross domain labs
▪ Realist but positive about the future of quantum
computing.. Beware of overhyping !!
▪ Opportunity for Europe to regain some of it’s digital