"URMIT - Network for the efficient and integrated use of environmental heat for Central Germany".

The network "URMIT – Network for the efficient and holistic use of environmental heat for Central Germany" develops more cost-efficient and emission-minimal heat solutions with the aim of CO2 reduction in the heat sector, which offer potential customers economically attractive as well as technically practicable solutions to achieve the climate targets.

The consortium focuses on the following research guidelines: the further development of overall systemic approaches with the most relevant components sector coupling, use of geothermal heat, thermal use of lakes and rivers, as well as heat storage with a special focus on the increased demand by consumers for CO2-free products in the area of supply concepts. Across the board, the topics of acceptance and participation models are considered in order to expand the customer spectrum in addition to sustainability and thus establish the network permanently.

"URMIT" is an innovation network funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) through the program "ZIM – Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand" (Central Innovation Programm for SMEs). The Thuringian Renewable Energy Network is responsible for the coordination of the partners as network management institution. In the first one-year project phase until December 2022, the network will be finally established and applications of the partners for R&D projects will be submitted. ThEEN supports the technical dialogue as well as the application of the partners. Starting in 2023, a second project phase for two to three years will serve to develop new innovative products and services in the field of tapping and using environmental heat.

Among the network partners are SMEs and research institutions from Central Germany, which cover not only the complete value chain, from exploration to heat use by consumers, but also the necessary competencies of a systemic approach.

If you are interested in joining the network and advancing the heat transition, please contact Sarah Friese: .

Key data for "URMIT" project phase 1

  • Duration: January 2022 – December 2022
  • Funding amount: ~ 65.000 €
  • Funding source: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)
  • Program: ZIM – Central Innovation Program for SMEs

Network partners

Associated partners