Quantum Hub Thuringia

Second-generation quantum technologies are on the verge of fundamentally changing the technological basis on which our society operates.

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Opening Quantum Hub Thuringia 05/31/2021

The Quantum Hub Thuringia is to shape this upcoming technological upheaval as a perspective for the future. By utilizing the strengths of industry and science in the Free State, important contributions can be made to this global transformation process.


With quantum photonics, a new focus is established in a highly innovative branch of industry, which is aligned with the specific fields of excellence of Thuringian science as well as the SME-dominated structure and high innovativeness of the Thuringian economy. The mission of the Quantum Hub Thuringia is to ensure the greatest possible impact of the funding and to enable Thuringian industry to intervene with its innovative power at key points in the quantum technology value chains.


To fulfill this vision, three major scientific and technological innovation projects will be

Qi1: quantum communications,

Qi2: Quantum sensing and

Qi3: Quantum imaging

with lighthouse character will be implemented.

Die Innovationsprojekte sollen durch die Entwicklung von Demonstratoren mit Leuchtturmcharakter konkrete Anwendungsperspektiven der Quantentechnologie aufzeigen und technologische Wertschöpfungsketten vertiefen. Sie ermöglichen es zum einen, den Mehrwert technologischer Innovationen in Komponenten und Systemen der Quantentechnologie zu demonstrieren, zum anderen haben sie Durchbruchscharakter und ermöglichen es den Partnern des Quantum Hub Thüringen neue Forschungs- und Anwendungsfelder zu erschließen.

Der Quantum Hub Thüringen befördert damit originäre Forschung mit internationaler Sichtbarkeit und befähigt Unternehmen zu Innovationen in den Quantentechnologien und qualifiziert zur nachhaltigen Wertschöpfung.

Our goals:

Our task at the Quantum Hub is to identify and analyze the possibilities for using quantum communication in the energy sector. Here, it is of central importance to identify the added value and the limitations of this quantum technology for the energy sector and to evaluate the possible applications.


On the one hand, this involves increasing resilience through encrypted communication between and within critical infrastructures (e.g. to power plants that provide balancing energy or to control systems of grid operators) with the help of quantum key distribution (QKD) and, on the other hand, the possible reduction of response times of decentralized distributed power plants through the reduction of latency times and through the synchronization of different prosumers within a smart grid of the future.

Our partner:

  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena 
  • Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • Helmholtz-Institut Jena 
  • Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien, Jena
  • DLR-Institut für Datenwissenschaften, Jena
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie (IDMT), Ilmenau
  • Fraunhofer-Projektzentrum für Mikroelektronische und Optische Systeme für die Biomedizin Erfurt (MEOS) (Antragstellung über Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF, Jena)
  • IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH, Ilmenau
  • CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik GmbH, Erfurt