SmartQuart is a project initiated by nine companies. The project was launched in January 2020 and aims to make fossil fuels redundant in the three project districts. The first district is located in the city of Essen and typical for dense German urban areas. The districts in Bedburg and Kaiseresch are typical for rural German towns. Thus, these districts represent typical German living areas. Moreover, the districts will also be connected among eachother to realize further savings potential.
The real-world laboratories are backed by the German Ministry of Economics with more than 100 million Euros per annum. At the kickoff Peter Altmaier, Minister of Economics, recognized the importance and ambition of SmartQuart:
"I am pleased that the first real-world laboratory of the energy turnaround is already starting work. Our real-world laboratories are innovation projects on an industrial scale. We use them to develop and test technologies that we need for our ambitious energy and climate policy goals."
German Minister of Economics
gridX is the only startup among a group of established corporations in the SmartQuart project. gridX supplies the platform responsible for the smart energy management within the districts. Through gridX' cloud infrastructure all buildings, DERs and households are connected. XENON energy is then used to match energy demand and supply locally. Additionally, mobility, heating and energy are integrated to use renewable energies in every sector.