IPE wins by the idea competition „Real labs of the Energy Revolution“ with the project SmartQuart

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90 consortia with more than 500 partners from industry and research had applied for the „Reallabore der Energiewende“ idea competition launched by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). The 20 winners were announced on Thursday 18/07/2019 by Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier. The Department for Real Estate Project Development (IPE), headed by Prof. Elisabeth Beusker, is represented in the "SmartQuart" project for the development of smart energy quarters.

In the new format of living labs, sustainable energy technologies will be tested under real conditions with partners from industry and science. The research projects should have a systemic dimension, be regionally rooted and socially embedded and enable the testing of both technical and non-technical innovations.

In order to achieve the climate targets, the power transition towards the energy transition must be further developed, linking the energy, heat and mobility sectors more closely than before. The "SmartQuart" living lab is intended to show that this is already technically possible within a quarter and in interaction with neighbouring quarters, and that it offers a wide range of socio-economic advantages. Essen and Bedburg in North Rhine-Westphalia and Kaisersesch in Rhineland-Palatinate represent typical urban quarters in a densely populated, rural and urban area. The aim is to achieve a climate-neutral energy supply in the model regions whose concepts can also be transferred to other quarters. Residents, planners, energy suppliers and local technology providers participate in all urban districts.

At the quarter level, the complexity of networking electricity and heat supply, the provision of mobility and social processes and needs can be easily combined. All urban functions such as housing, services, commerce, leisure, infrastructure and mobility are located here, so that social transformation processes can be well developed and tested in the context of structural change and the introduction of sustainable mobility or energy systems.

innogy SE will lead the consortium for the "SmartQuart" living lab. In addition to the Department of Real Estate Project Development (IPE), the RWTH is represented by the E.ON ERC Chair of Building and Indoor Air Conditioning Technology (EBC) and the Chair of Energy Efficient Construction (e3d). Other industrial partners and start-ups are Cisco Systems Holding GmbH, gridX GmbH, Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH, RWE Power AG, Bedburg City Council, Kaisersesch Municipality and Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG.
Further information on the winners of the ideas competition can be found on the website of the BMWi and the project management organisation Jülich.