We share and transfer knowledge and technology to the public, experts, politics, administration and the business world.

Transfer of Knowledge and Technology

In 2005, the federal and state governments launched the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (Pakt für Forschung und Innovation, PFI), which has been updated several times since then, with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of the German science system by making better use of existing potential.

Based on research policy goals, the funding agencies have established target agreements with the science organizations for the respective organization-specific implementation.

One of these goals is to strengthen transfer to industry and society: "An efficient science system is the breeding ground for innovations and provides knowledge for action and decision-making to meet major societal challenges. The science organizations will give central priority to the transfer and utilization of ideas, research results and knowledge through intensive exchange with industry, society and politics."

Strengthening transfer to industry and society is an important part of our mission. A central concern for the coming period of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (2021-2030) will therefore be to anchor knowledge and technology transfer comprehensibly at all levels, in the Centers' Leitbilder and missions, and in the goals of the research fields.

Measures for the targeted expansion of knowledge transfer initiatives are:

Anchoring and strategies
  1. Anchoring the transfer of knowledge and technology as a fixed point of reference in the mission statements and missions of the centers ".
  2. Development or review of transfer strategies with regard to expansion in the area of technology transfer" in the area of technology transfer".
  3. Strategic focal points in the area of knowledge transfer and measures geared to these focal points
  4. Budget for transfer support and transfer projects
  5. Strengthening the culture of recognition ('transfer welcome')
  6. Further professionalization of technology transfer offices
  7. Anchoring transfer as part of research planning
  8. Improvement of transfer-related communication strategies
  1. Number of invention disclosures
  2. Patents
  3. Spin-offs
  4. Validation funding - application for funding from the VIP+ federal program and other programs at federal and state level
Innovation Fund
  1. Use of funds for the promotion of innovation projects from center-internal Innovation Fund"
Partners for industry
  1. Establishment of new development partnerships with industry
  2. Contract research
  3. Advanced training for areas outside science / qualification offers for an activity in / cooperation with industry
  4. Establishment of digital platforms, Open Labs, Real Labs and Demo Labs
  5. Concepts for technology marketing
Knowledge transfer
  1. Information services
  2. Establishment of further professionalized units in the field of knowledge transfer
  3. Citizen dialogue and citizen science
  4. Scientific policy advice
  5. Standardization and norming
  1. Citizen Dialogue and Citizen Science
  2. Commissioned studies as a basis for political decisions (client: public authorities)
  3. Participation in procedures of recognized national organizations for standardization (DIN, ISO, CEN, DWA, ITVA)
  4. Strengthening of technology transfer at large research infrastructures
  5. Transfer to studies and teaching
  6. Patenting of research results
  7. Founding of startups & spin-offs
  8. Scientific collaborative projects for technology demonstration together with industry


The Helmholtz Association has several knowledge and technology transfer instruments. Each starts at different stage in the application-readiness level, in the progression from basic research to application, and each helps researchers bridge specific gaps in the transfer pathway.

Helmholtz website: Helmholtz Association Transfer Instruments

The service unit Innovation and Relation Management supports knowledge and technology transfer at KIT. KIT
IRM - Innovation and Relation Management

...is a KIT service unit and supports knowledge and technology transfer at KIT with several measures.


Spin-offs & Processes | Transfer of Technology

Spin-off Ineratec
Innovative Chemical Reactor Technologies

Modular chemical plants for Gas-to-Liquid, Power-to-Gas & Power-to-Liquid processes producing CO2 neutral fuels for mobility, storage of "green" energy & decentralized production of chemicals: INERATEC

Carola Clean Air Spin-off
Carola Clean Air GmbH: Fine dust-free wood-fired boiler

Low-maintenance electrostatic particle separator Carola® for wood-fired biomass boilers (50 kW to 1 MW) reduces soot & fine dust pollution meeting the emission standards of 1st BImSchG.

CCA website
bioliq® Gasification Process - BTL Fuels from Biomass Residuals

bioliq® process & exploitation concept was developed in cooperation with AirLiquid & Pricewaterhouse Coopers. R&D platform for refuels with automotive, chemical & petroleum industry.

bioliq® website
GECKO Project | Citizen Dialogue

Utilization of GEothermics for a Climate-Neutral Heat Supply at KIT Campus North - Inter- and Transdisciplinary Co-Design of an Implementation COncept.


Scientific Policy Advice | Knowledge Transfer

BMBF Appoints MTET Scientist in Advisory Board "Battery Research Germany"
New KIT Members in the Advisory Board Battery Research Germany

Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg was appointed by the Federal Ministry of Education & Research to the advisory board "Battery Research Germany" & joins as KIT's third MTET scientist.

EE4InG | Accompanying research of the BMWi Research Network Energy

The objective of the project is to identify key innovations of energy-efficient solutions and to network them in their different application areas within the BMWi Research Network Energy.

EE4InG website
Expert Workshop on 3D Printing for Process Industry
Exploiting Efficiency Potential of 3D Printing in Process Industry

Workshop of industry, science & policy makers about innovative products & technical solutions reducing energy consumption & CO2 emissions.

EE4InG website

Hannover Messe 2022 | Hanover Fair 2022

MTET technology highlights of KIT at the research hall of the Hannover Messe
3 MTET Energy Solutions at Hannover Messe 2022 KIT
3 MTET Energy Solutions at Hannover Messe 2022
KIT’s CarbonCycleLab covers the complete process chain of the future carbon cycle. KIT
KIT’s CarbonCycleLab covers the complete process chain of the future carbon cycle.
Researchers involved in the NECOC project capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use an innovative process to generate the hightech resource called carbon black. KIT
Researchers involved in the NECOC project capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use an innovative process to generate the hightech resource called carbon black.
KIT`s startup ICODOS uses an innovative Power-to-X technology to produce green methanol
KIT`s startup ICODOS uses an innovative Power-to-X technology to produce green methanol.

Energy Solutions: From May 30 to June 2, 2022, KIT will present selected highlights from the technological development.

Energy Transition and Circular Economy


The CarbonCycleLab covers the complete process chain of the future carbon cycle: From residues and waste materials to basic chemical substances produced on their basis that will replace fossil fuels in chemical industry. The CarbonCycleLab combines the energy transition with circular economy and thus contributes to making future economy resource-efficient, climate-neutral, and competitive. 

Data sheet

From a Climate-damaging Greenhouse Gas to an Economically Viable Material

NECOC – Negative Emissions by Separating Atmospheric CO2 into Economically Viable Carbon Black and Oxygen

A consortium of KIT institutes and industrial companies has developed an integrated process to achieve negative emissions. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is decomposed into elemental carbon (carbon black, C) and oxygen (O2). The solid carbon in the form of microgranular powder is separated and then, as a high-priced educt, used in rubber, construction, or electrical industries.

Towards Competitive Renewable Fuels

Startup ICODOS 

KIT’s startup ICODOS has developed a technology that efficiently combines carbon dioxide separation and methanol synthesis and, hence, contributes to making renewable fuels competitive. Initial implementation will concentrate on biogas. However, it is planned to also use the technology for other CO2 point sources in cement industry, for instance. A pilot plant is under construction and will be integrated in KIT’s Energy Lab 2.0

Further information

How do we close the carbon cycle in the circular economy?

MP Harald Ebner visits KIT: How do we close the carbon cycle in the circular economy? KIT
MP Harald Ebner visits KIT: How do we close the carbon cycle in the circular economy? KIT
MP Harald Ebner visits KIT: How do we close the carbon cycle in the circular economy? KIT

Mr. Harald Ebner, Member of the German Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection visited KIT on March 31, 2022. In a discussion with scientists, Mr. Ebner informed himself, on the current context of the Ukraine crisis, how the dependence on fossil raw materials, such as oil, natural gas, and coal, can be overcome quickly.

On the one hand, this can be achieved by using biomass and carbon dioxide as a carbon source in industrial production processes, since today's industrial value networks are almost entirely based on fossil carbon.  On the other hand, the carbon cycle must be closed within the framework of a circular economy. KIT is researching the technologies required for this:

  • At the Carbon Cycle Lab we are researching the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste;
  • At the bioliq® pilot plant, we are researching how fuels and chemical feedstocks can be efficiently produced from residual biomass;
  • At the Energy Lab 2.0, we are researching various technologies for storing renewable electricity in the form of chemical energy carriers.

The extraordinary importance of plastics recycling is due to the following reasons: Few of today's products are made of only one type of plastic, which could be recycled by simple mechanical collection by type. The processing of multiple types of plastics with additives for specific functions in laptops, cars, packaging and construction plastics makes it necessary to separate them back into their basic chemical building blocks. Pyrolysis is a chemical recycling process that converts plastic waste into gaseous, liquid and solid products in an inert atmosphere and at elevated temperature to replace fossil petrochemical feedstocks. So far, only a very small part of the world's annual plastic production (> 350 million tons) is actually recycled, therefore these techniques are crucial for a Circular Carbon Economy to implement the European Green Deal and become climate neutral by 2050.

Citizen Dialogue | School Labs - Kids' University - Boys & Girls Day - Career Orientation Traineeship (BOGY & BORS)

Girls Day 2021
Girls Day 2021 - On April 22!

We offer girls from 8th grade onwards exciting insights into our work & labs: Fuels from air & green energy @IMVT, H2 a sustainable energy storage @ITCP/IKFT, Battery empty?! @BTC

more@Girls' Day Radar
KIT School Lab EnergyITEP, KIT
KIT School Lab Energy

...is an authentic place of learning & teaching. It provides insights into current research topics of superconductor technology & energy supply.

KIT School Lab Energy website
MTET Scientists lecturing @ KIT-Kids' University

Lectures and interactive workshops during the summer vacations for children aged 7 to 14 at the KIT Children's University Campus. >>> website

Career Orientations Traineeship | BOGY & BORSITEP, KIT
Career Orientation Traineeship (BOGY & BORS)

The pupils (9th grade) gain their first practical experience in the school internship and thereby get an insight into their possible dream job.

Practical courses on energy and energy technology

The school lab for pupils (10th grade upwards) offers various practical courses as full-day internships, 9 am to 4 pm, including a guided tour through the institutes research labs.


Congress "Energy Efficiency Research for Industry and Business"

The two-day hybrid event will showcase successes and trends in energy research in industry and business and allow participants to actively engage in advancing the energy research program.

Research and development opens the way for a successful energy transition in industry and makes it possible to achieve climate targets in the long term. Thus, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) supports corresponding projects with its energy research program. In this spirit, the "Energy Efficiency Research for Industry and Business" congress will be held at the Tagungswerk Berlin from May 17 to 18, 2022.

  • Learn more about successes and trends in industrial energy research
  • Contribute to future energy research funding with your own experience

As an event of the Energy Research Networks, the congress is organized by the recently completed accompanying research for industry and commerce (EE4InG with partners from ETA solutions, IREES, KIT, TU Darmstadt) and the PtJ on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action.

Learn more. >>> Safe the date!