01 Mar 2015

STORM: Self-organising Thermal Operational Resource Management

The STORM project developed an innovative District Heating & Cooling (DHC) network controller to increase the use of waste heat and renewable energy sources and boost energy efficiency at district level.

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March 2015 to March 2019.


Target Countries:

Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden.


Description / Objectives:

The project tackled energy efficiency at district level by developing an innovative district heating & cooling (DHC) network controller. The project partners developed a controller based on self-learning algorithms, which was experimented in the two STORM demo sites. The developed controller enabled to maximize the use of waste heat and renewable energy sources in DHC networks. 

The controller has been implemented in 2 demo sites, Mijnwater BV in Heerlen (NL) and Växjö Energi in Rottne (SE), where the resulting energetic, economic and environmental gains were assessed. Read about the results here.

Through replication, dissemination and education efforts, the project outcomes were transferred to several stakeholders across the EU, and contributed to a wider deployment of DHC networks on EU level.

Check out the STORM events here and watch the training webinars here.

STORM project was coordinated by Energyville, a collaboration between VITO, KU Leuven and IMEC and involves Mijnwater BV, Hogeschool Zuyd, NODA Intelligent Systems, Euroheat & Power and Växjö Energi.


STORM Demo Sites:

To experiment the STORM platform’s general applicability, the controller was demonstrated in two existing demo sites: one highly innovative low-temperature DHC network in the Netherlands and a more common medium-temperature district heating grid in Sweden. In Rottne, Sweden, the STORM controller will help to reduce the oil usage and optimise the bio-fuel boilers. For Heerlen, the Netherlands, the STORM controller is vital to manage the capacity of the flooded mine galleries and to balance the different clusters.

Find out more about the STORM controller here.



The following publication have been produced by the project partners:


Project Partners:

VITO (BE); Mijnwater BV (NL); Hogeschool Zuyd (NL); NODA Intelligent Systems (SE); Euroheat & Power (BE); Växjö Energi (SE).







Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.