The Smart East real-world laboratory brings the energy transition to the city
A consortium of research, IT and energy companies is realizing a smart district in Karlsruhe East with the three-year Smart East lighthouse project. The project started in 2021 and is funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in Baden-Württemberg.
In the Smart East real-world laboratory, the existing mixed commercial area in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt district on Haid-Und-Neu-Straße is being transformed into a smart, energy-optimized and climate-friendly district. The fields of action of the Reallabor project are: Digitalization, climate protection, photovoltaics, tenant electricity, intelligent charging management, new business models and participation.
In the project, the existing buildings are digitized with smart meters and networked in a district energy management system. At the same time, electricity generation from photovoltaics is being expanded and supplemented with an intelligent charging infrastructure in order to link the electricity, heating, cooling and mobility sectors. With tenant electricity and smart charging, Stadtwerke is testing new business models for climate-friendly neighborhood energy supply via its subsidiary BES (Badische Energie-Servicegesellschaft).
The real-world laboratory project serves as a blueprint for other municipalities. The experiences are presented to the general public at regular user meetings. Project partners are: KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, FZI – Research Center for Information Technology, Seven2one Informationssysteme GmbH, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, Hoepfner Bräu