The Greater Rotterdam-The Hague area, which includes Delft and Leiden, is proud to announce the establishment of a cutting-edge laboratory by Bluefors, the renowned Finnish company specializing in ultra-low temperature refrigeration and cryogenic systems. This expansion marks a significant milestone for Bluefors and reinforces the Netherlands’ position as a key player in the global quantum ecosystem.
The newly established lab in Delft offers companies access to a dilution refrigerator measurement system, allowing them to conduct quantum measurements without the need to invest in their own infrastructure. With the convenience of the lab and the expertise of the Bluefors team, companies can avail themselves of consultation and support throughout their experiments.
This state-of-the-art facility is expected to serve as a pivotal platform for developing innovative solutions within the global scientific community. Additionally, it will provide invaluable support to Bluefors’ growing customer base throughout Europe.
InnovationQuarter (the regional economic development agency for the Greater Rotterdam-The Hague area) is thrilled to welcome Bluefors to the region, as they establish their cutting-edge Quantum Lab. This expansion solidifies the Netherlands’ position as a key player in the global quantum ecosystem and highlights the pioneering work of the Delft scientific community. The Bluefors Lab in Delft provides an exceptional environment for scientists to push the boundaries of their research, and we are excited to witness the breakthroughs and innovations that will emerge from this collaboration.
Driving quantum research into the future
Bluefors’ decision to expand into the Netherlands was strongly influenced by the pioneering work of the Delft scientific community in quantum technology. As one of Europe’s most prominent quantum ecosystems, the scientific community in Delft now has access to Bluefors’ new laboratory space and measurement services, facilitating their utilization of advanced cryogenic measurement systems.
As a launching member of the House of Quantum in Delft, Bluefors has positioned itself as a significant partner in the Netherlands’ thriving quantum technology landscape. In collaboration with Dutch startup Orange Quantum Systems, which offers rapid testing of quantum chips, Bluefors has integrated a quantum research system into the lab to support the necessary room-temperature electronics.
“We are dedicated to enabling quantum breakthroughs and supporting scientists in their work. The Bluefors Lab in Delft provides an exceptional environment for scientists to push the boundaries of their research, with low barriers to accessing an excellent cryogenic measurement system setup. It was a pleasure to celebrate this milestone alongside the Quantum Delft community,” remarked Sami Nyman, Bluefors’ Director of Services.
The Netherlands leading the way in quantum technology
Renowned as a global hub for technology, the Netherlands is ideally positioned to lead the quantum technology revolution. As the research and development stage of quantum technology gains momentum, the Netherlands’ geographical advantages create an unrivaled cluster of research opportunities, setting it apart from global competitors.
With its abundant pool of highly educated and multilingual talent, as well as its openness to experts from around the world, the Netherlands has positioned itself as an attractive destination for the quantum technology boom.
Fostering a collaborative ecosystem
Demonstrating its commitment to the local community, Bluefors has appointed a dedicated manager to support customers directly at the lab. Arttu Huikuri, a cryo engineer and scientist, serves as the Technical Services Manager, ensuring the optimal performance of the lab’s cryogenic measurement system and providing guidance to researchers and startups utilizing the facility to further their ideas and innovations.
QuantrolOx, an Anglo-Finnish company specializing in automated qubit control software, was among the first to utilize the lab’s services for testing their control software. Throughout the process, they received valuable consultation and support from the Bluefors team.
With its flexible services and unique opportunities for research and development, this lab is positioned to embark on a groundbreaking chapter in the narrative of quantum computing.
Bluefors is the world leader in the manufacturing of cryogenic measurement systems, cryocoolers, and other cryogenic product lines for quantum technology, fundamental physics research, and select industries such as life sciences and clean energy.
Building an Unparalleled Quantum Ecosystem in the Greater Rotterdam – The Hague Area
The Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area has established itself as a thriving hub for quantum technology, fostering a remarkable quantum ecosystem. Within a concentrated 3.5 square kilometer area in Delft, more than 600 experts are dedicated to advancing quantum technology. This unique concentration facilitates rapid development as each company specializes in specific aspects of the field. Notable startups like Qblox, specializing in quantum computer control equipment, have experienced significant growth, doubling their workforce to 100 employees within a year. The region continues to witness a steady rise in the number of startups operating in the quantum technology sector.
The quantum ecosystem in the Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area offers a comprehensive supply chain for quantum systems, including specialized chips, cables, and testing and measurement systems. This integrated value chain fosters innovation and development, creating a favorable environment for quantum research and application.
In recognition of the region’s strong positioning, the area has been actively investing in the quantum ecosystem. A new building with 2,500 square meters of dedicated quantum research space is set to be completed, with 70% of the space already rented to seven different companies. This expansion not only provides employment opportunities but also nurtures the growth of new startups.
The concentration of expertise and resources in the Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area fuels collaborative efforts between academia, businesses, provinces, and municipalities. The region aims to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application, propelling regional growth and societal impact. The ecosystem acts as a catalyst, bringing together stakeholders and facilitating collaboration through field labs and joint projects.
The development of the quantum ecosystem is driven by the immense potential of quantum technology and the need for secure communication channels. Quantum communication provides highly secure data transmission, vital for protecting sensitive information and ensuring cybersecurity. With the increasing digitalization and technological advancements, adopting quantum communication becomes a necessity rather than a preference. The Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area recognizes this urgency and actively promotes the integration of quantum communication to safeguard data and ensure independence, resilience, and sovereignty.
In summary, the Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area has built an impressive quantum ecosystem, boasting a concentration of expertise and resources unparalleled in the field. This ecosystem fuels rapid development, facilitates collaboration, and offers a complete supply chain for quantum systems. As the region continues to attract startups and invest in research facilities, it solidifies its position as a global leader in quantum technology.
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