For solution providers

You develop software solutions and technology for energy companies

And you are interested in providing added value to your customers through intelligent control of district heating and cooling systems

Then why not add our thermal demand-side management solution to your portfolio?

STORM is a self-learning software controller that shifts heat demand to times when sustainable energy is cheap and available. STORM can help your customers make significant steps towards digitalisation of their heating networks.

Your benefits: 

  • Available as SaaS application on VITO’s FLEXharvester on MS Azure
  • Accelerated Go-to-Market through the FLEXharvester platform
  • Integrates in your own cloud or on-premise data solution with ease
  • Extensive training available from VITO’s district heating experts
  • Supported by VITO’s technology roadmap next 5 to 10 years
  • Unlocks existing thermal storage capacity at minimal investments
  • Customizable control objectives, e.g. flatten the load curve
  • Field-tested on multiple networks across NL, SE, FR and BE
  • Extensible to provide optimal control from production to building

Value-added features such as alert management, control center, simulations and many more!

STORM features

Peak shaving: heat demand is shifted from peak times to off-peak times when cheaper sustainable energy is available


Autonomous: self-learning and adaptive algorithms ensure that there is no need for expert intervention in order to reconfigure and make adjustments

Truly scalable: can connect to large and small heat networks, with connections to few or many buildings. Can easily scale to multiple heat networks. 

Easy integration: can be quickly and easily integrated with substations of several manufacturing brands

3 reasons to integrate the Storm Controller into your software

  • STORM is the digital solution for district heating networks. Your customers will want innovative solutions and will turn to you with questions about digitalization, AI and IoT.
  • STORM is field-tested software: we have completed 2 projects in the Netherlands (5GDHN in Heerlen) and Sweden (3GDHN in Rottne). STORM is currently being tested in Belgium (3GDHN in Mol), France (5GDHN in Paris) and the Netherlands (3GDHN in Eindhoven). 
  • With STORM there is a potential CO2 reduction of over 10,000 tons per year per optimized network



Demand side management in reach for every district heating network with STORM controller

District heating networks suffer from high peak demand leading to inflated operational costs. High supply and return temperatures in the distribution network can cause up to 20% of the heat to be lost.

A unique and dynamic test environment for batteries and thermal systems

Developers of products or systems powered by batteries, or of equipment for heating and cooling, for example, can turn to VITO/EnergyVille for a wide range of tests that meet all their possible questions and needs.

Heating networks: collective heating of buildings and houses

In the field of heating and cooling with heating networks, Flanders is facing a catching-up proces

Intelligent algorithms add significant value to the heat network in Paris-Saclay

The STORM District Energy Controller that uses advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) based algorithms was deployed on the district heating network in Paris-Saclay in November 2021.

Crossbreed and VITO/EnergyVille sign letter of intent for cooperation on STORM District Energy Controller

Runa acquires STORM for Chinese district heating market

VITO and NODA bring their industry-leading technology for smart control of district heating networks to the Chinese market in collaboration with Runa, a leading heating equipment manufacturer in China. 

HeatriCity in AI4Cities

VITO/Energyville was chosen as a supplier of its smart control technology for district heating networks, for the AI4Cities project.

Ennatuurlijk, making smart use of district heating networks

The fact that we cannot go on heating our homes and businesses using fossil fuels forever is no secret.

The intelligent STORM controller for district heating and cooling networks unlocks energy efficiency potential

The STORM project has successfully developed an innovative district heating and cooling network controller based on self-learning algorithms and artificial intelligence,  which was deployed and tested in two demonstration sites.

Flatten the curve and shift the energy demand with FLEXharvester/STORM District Energy Controller

Not only the extent of the energy consumption, but also the moment of consumption affects the energy bill and the greenhouse gas emissions of large customers.

Erik De Schutter

Business Developer