Local optimizing, intelligent cross-linking
SmartQuart aims to show that the step toward a climate-neutral energy supply within a neighborhood and in interaction with neighboring neighborhoods is already technically and economically possible today. As many stakeholders as possible are involved in the development of the innovative systems from the outset.
The core technological element is the exchange of energy and intelligent networking within and between the quarters. Consumption and generation are already optimized at the local level, and any surpluses are made available to the other quarters on a balance sheet basis.
An important factor here is decentralized sector coupling at the local level in neighborhoods in order to implement the energy transition in the areas of mobility, heat and electricity. In the process, different approaches to solutions are being developed in the quarters, which are intended to complement each other across the boundaries of the quarters.
The linking of the individual sectors and quarters is carried out via the so-called SmartQuart-Hub.
This energy management system systemically networks all consumers and producers in the quarters and controls the energy flow. In this way, energy can be used as efficiently as possible in the neighborhood or made available to other neighborhoods on a balance sheet basis. The possible involvement of other, external actors also makes the networking of local solutions in the network a lever for achieving additional added value beyond the boundaries of the participating quarters.
Include and become a role model
The SmartQuart project combines three typical urban neighborhoods – from low-density or mixed-structure rural areas in Bedburg and Kaisersesch to very high-density urban areas such as in Essen. This mapping of typical urban areas for Germany means that the concepts can be transferred to other neighborhoods in the future.
Crucial to the success of the project is the continuous involvement of all stakeholders.
The residents of the neighborhoods are involved in the project from the very beginning and are actively involved, for example, in citizens‘ forums and exchange meetings. The aim is to develop new models with all those involved that already enable sustainable, energy-optimized operation in future, innovative neighborhoods. Accordingly, residents are to evaluate the benefits and convenience of individual technologies and actively participate in the project.
„Until the end of 2024, we are investigating innovative technologies in SmartQuart and analyzing them in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The neighborhoods and their residents will become active players in the energy transition. Together, we are shaping the energy system of the future.“