House of Transfer

Sutainably shaping the future of the chemical industry in Central Germany


The chemical industry is facing a significant transformation process that requires an increased use of green hydrogen to break away from fossil resources. This makes it necessary to develop new technologies, realign value chains, expand infrastructures and secure existing energy and raw material networks.

To support this change, Fraunhofer IMW is committed to establish the "HoT - House of Transfer", which will serve as a central contact point for all stakeholders from the Central German region in the fields of chemistry, hydrogen, bioeconomy and plastics.

Project description

The "House of Transfer" is an interdisciplinary project that addresses structural change in the sectors of bioeconomy, chemicals and plastics.

Its aim is to establish a holistic technology transfer structure for these industries in the region and to pass on knowledge about new technologies and processes. Recommendations for action are being developed for political, economic, scientific and social stakeholders in order to successfully shape structural change. The project brings together various partners, including Cluster BioEconomy e. V., Kooperationsnetzwerk Chemie+, Fraunhofer IWES, Polykum e. V. and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Our services and tasks

  • Development and optimization of the business model
  • Innovation strategy and innovation science support for selected transfer activities
  • Foresight process as strategy support
  • Analysis of the impact on the education and training market
  • Development of market entry strategies, advertising strategies and recommendations for action

Funding and project partners

The "House of Transfer" project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag with an amount of € 4.6 million. The project partners Cluster BioEconomy e. V., Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, the Cooperation Network Chemie+, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and POLYKUM e.V. started their work on January 1, 2023 under the leadership of Fraunhofer IWES.

Headed by the Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM, the following additional Fraunhofer IMW research units are working on aspects of this project:


Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM

The branch office of Fraunhofer IMW located in Halle (Saale), the Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM, complements the portfolio of Fraunhofer IMW and bundles the competencies of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the fields of techno-economic and socio-economic research. With this affiliation, Fraunhofer also takes into account the special social significance of structural change in Central Germany.

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