Electric vehicle battery sensor specialists CDO2 have been awarded a €336,000 grant and invited to join Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS), a High-Tech Incubator based in Germany. The grant comprises €200,000 for staff and equipment, plus office space and business support from QVLS-HTI to establish the business in Lower Saxony.

QVLS was launched to support select international start-ups in the field of quantum technologies, recognising that research and commercialisation efforts are extremely resource intensive. It is funded until the end of 2024 by the Quantum Technology Competence Centre of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), together with the university partners from Hanover (Leibniz University) and Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig).

CDO2 was one of 14 teams awarded funding and a place on the programme through a competitive selection process, and one of only two from outside Germany. The company plans to use its grant to recruit a new team member, who will develop and commercialise its quantum sensors for battery analysis with PTB in Braunschweig and Berlin.

Having a base in Germany will allow CDO2 to work on collaborative German and EU projects to develop quantum technology that cannot be accessed from the UK, as well as offering better support for its battery system customers in Europe. The company launched its battery current density analyser at the Government’s UK Pavilion stand at Cenex-LVC last year.

“We have worked with the University of Sussex and Sussex Innovation over the past five years to identify opportunities for applying quantum technology to battery systems,” said Gary Kendall, Director of CDO2. “We are now really excited to be able to expand into Germany to further the development of our quantum sensors for analysing electric vehicle batteries as part of the QVLS High Tech Incubator working with PTB, the German national metrology institute. This will allow us to establish a permanent presence in Lower Saxony and develop a local technical capability to support research projects and customers in Germany and the EU.”