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.
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."
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.