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  • Writer's pictureElise Usunier

Zero Point Cryogenics Announces Funding for Quantum Sensing Technology Project from the Government of Canada

February 29, 2024

Edmonton, AB

Zero Point Cryogenics (ZPC) is thrilled to announce our recent collaboration with the University of Waterloo and the Government of Canada as part of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. One of only six projects selected for this challenge, this funding signifies a major leap forward in Canadian quantum technology research, focusing on defence and security applications.

The IDEaS program, initiated by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), aims to propel the application of advanced quantum technologies for national defence and security. Recognizing the rapid development in this sector, the focus is to transition the prolific research and development from academia and industry towards addressing specific needs in defence and security.

In line with this vision, ZPC is participating in the University of Waterloo's ambitious project, 'Microwave Quantum Radar.’ This project, which includes collaborations with Qubic Technologies and Carleton University, has been awarded a significant contribution agreement worth $3 million.

The 'Microwave Quantum Radar' project is part of a series of research micro-nets aimed at exploring quantum sensing and sensors, quantum communications, and quantum computing, simulations, and algorithms. These micro-nets, supported by the IDEaS program, are set to receive non-repayable contributions, encouraging innovative research in science and technology challenges.

“Our partnership with the University of Waterloo, Carleton University, and Qubic Technologies in this project aligns with our mission to deliver cutting-edge quantum solutions. We are excited to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry and academia, pushing the boundaries of quantum technology.”

-Christopher Cassin, CEO, Zero Point Cryogenics

About Zero Point Cryogenics:

Zero Point Cryogenics is an Edmonton-based company that manufactures cryogenic equipment called dilution refrigerators, which are the primary low-temperature platform for quantum computers. The company is focused on designing robust and reliable dilution refrigerators for quantum technology industry and research partners that will satisfy their space, size, and operation requirements. By creating the world’s most reliable dilution refrigerator, ZPC customers can focus on developing their quantum technologies, instead of operating their refrigerators.

About Qubic Technologies:

Qubic is established in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a quantum technology hub in Canada. The company is developing a new quantum technology of microwave transmitters and receivers for telecommunications and remote sensing applications. Qubic is one of the first companies to emerge from the Institut Quantique at the Université de Sherbrooke. What sets Qubic apart is the company’s ability to harness quantum mechanics to produce signals of unmatched fidelity and to filter harmful interference more effectively.

About the University of Waterloo:

The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, is a leading global research-intensive university, renowned for entrepreneurship and innovation, providing co-op and work-integrated learning at scape with impact. The Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) is a world-leading quantum institute at the University of Waterloo. IQC is advancing the field of quantum information at the highest international level to discover and develop powerful new quantum technologies that will drive future economies.

About Carleton University:

Situated on an unceded Algonquin territory beside the historic Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University strives for research, teaching and learning innovation. The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University is a recognized world-class institution and constitutes one of Canada's largest and most research-intensive centres for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) education and research.

About Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS):

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is a defence innovation program which invests in research and technology aimed at meeting the demands of the current and future global defence and security environment. Since launching in April 2018, IDEaS has been working with Canadian innovators to develop the S&T landscape and is helping turn innovative thinking into tangible solutions for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), as well as Canadians.


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