The research enterprise Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co KG (ASCR) was set up in 2013 by Siemens, the City of Vienna's infrastructure and utilities operators Wien Energie and Wiener Netze, the Vienna Business Agency and Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG. The project will invest some 40 million euro in energy research by 2018.
Over the next few years, ASCR will be conducting research into energy efficiency using real buildings at aspern Seestadt as a "living lab". One of the buildings participating in the research project is the school campus on building plot D18, subsection 1. The relevant infrastructure on the site includes heat pumps, a solar thermic system, a photovoltaic installation and associated storage facilities to generate the energy required for the primary school and kindergarten; "smart components" are to be installed as part of the ASCR research programme.