In the Smart East real-world laboratory, partners from the energy industry, research and IT are investigating how money can be earned with new business models for smart charging management in neighborhoods. As a flagship project for innovative energy management in neighborhoods, Smart East has now been honored by Karlsruhe’s First Mayor Gabriele Luczak-Schwarz as an innovative “place of opportunity”. The InnoCharge charging optimization is the core component of the applied research and demonstration project funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment.

Last Saturday, on the occasion of the Energy Turnaround Days, the project partners invited guests to take a tour through the energy future in the east of Karlsruhe, where the award ceremony took place. State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector also visited the real-world laboratory to learn about the latest solutions for the energy transition and optimized electric vehicle charging during a tour.

Manuel Lösch and Christoph Schlenzig, the initiators of the living lab for new business models for intelligent energy management, are delighted with the award together with the project consortium: “The award encourages us in our approach of working together with all those involved in the energy transition to apply innovative energy management concepts from research in a practical way in energy-optimized neighbourhoods.”

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