In so many ways. The advancement of technologies in the quantum computing field can really meet the growing need to cool the environment by one and a half degrees by 2030. First of all, by giving a hand to the world energy economy. Currently, available climate technologies will never be able to achieve the set goals.
The potential that quantum computing can make available to the cause has immense applications. On the one hand, in fact, it would support the technology linked to energy-saving sources such as solar panels for example. On the other hand, it could facilitate the abatement or containment of the use of fossil fuels and carbon.
Not only. It can really help reduce the costs of some energy sources currently preferred to other less polluting ones because they are too expensive too.
Low-impact energy sources.
The highly accurate scientific article “Quantum computing just might save the planet” by McKinsey Digital, has plumbed in detail how this could happen. First of all start with the batteries. Indeed, these can significantly facilitate zero-emission electrification. And they would do it in a twofold way.
Both by increasing their density in electric vehicles for the transport of goods, and by using them as energy storage, and energy sources. Quantum intelligence can also simulate what the impact of alternative sources would be where there are unfavorable conditions for them, optimizing costs as much as possible. It could help significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen, which has always been considered the real alternative to fossil fuels. But still too expensive to produce and not always efficient.
Fertilizers & fuels
Agriculture and livestock are certainly among the most polluting sectors. Quantum computing can provide valuable support in identifying fertilizers and fuels that reduce global final energy consumption such as the case of green ammonia. In the current version, ammonia, being produced requires enormous quantities of natural gas which would instead be facilitated by quantum computing. Ammonia is also useful in reducing the impact of shipping. Not to mention the heavy support they would give in the current production of synthetic meat. In fact, as indicated in a previous article, production processes already include an analysis of huge amounts of data.
“The approval of the United States government has arrived which in the figure of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow Californian Upside Foods to produce and market cultivated meat, in the safe, certified, and ultra-controlled environment of a laboratory. The pluses will be enormous both for the environment and for human and animal health.
First of all, it will be real animal meat, without imaginative genetic-chemical alterations, as the consumer will surely be led to imagine. Indeed, this is meat that, thanks to technology, can be enriched…”
CO2 reduction and opportunity.
A company that consumes less CO2 is not only doing the planet a favor but above all its own budget. Getting involved in following guidelines such as those listed above can be of fundamental importance for increasing the business volume of sustainability. Even the assessment of risk in adopting expensive climate technologies can be mitigated by requesting participation in the investment by other companies or public bodies.
In fact, the government should also move to encourage the diffusion of these technologies for the climate, both economically and by promoting research through partnerships with large companies or already in universities by preparing more experts in the sector.