Building self-sufficient smart districts
Smart districts connect, aggregate and link multiple households and/or commercial sites in a local network behind a single connection point to the public distribution grid. This allows for higher self-sufficiency and a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The German Ministry of Economics has recognized this potential and decided to fund three smart districts using XENON energy by gridX.

Comprehensive coverage

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, a typically dense German urban area. The districts in Bedburg and Kaiseresch are typical of rural German towns. Thus, these districts represent common German living areas. Moreover, the districts will also be connected to each other to realize further savings potential.

Backed by the federal government

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."
Peter Altmaier German Minister of Economics

gridX among giants

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's 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 energy in every sector.

SmartQuart is an initiative of nine companies backed by the German Ministry of Economics. By 2025, the initiative strives to have built and operate three smart districts in Germany to showcase and develop products that allow sustainable living.
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