FLEXharvester for energy flexibility

FLEXharvester for energy flexibility

FLEXharvester is an easy portable open data model and architecture for building energy flexibility management solutions.

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FLEXharvester platform builds on Microsoft IOT Hub , Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power BI

Built with the Microsoft Azure ARM template concept, the platform integrates the ongoing research developments in demand response applications of thermal networks. It enables Microsoft Solution Providers worldwide to understand, integrate and deploy energy flexibility solutions based on Microsoft apps and platforms.

MS Platform

A Microsoft Azure PAAS solution
The platform can grow building by building. No worry about capacity and performance. Microsoft Azure platform and management portals monitor the needed capacity. You start small and grow along with your Smart City project.

Easy interact with any certified Microsoft IOT Hub device and Microsoft Edge
Microsoft IOT Hub allows you to connect our application virtual with a broad range of connected gateways and sensors. The IOT hub provides security, authentication, communication, and manageability between buildings and the FLEXharvester asset database and log service. 

Build your own dashboard with Microsoft Power BI in no time
Microsoft Power BI model makes the visualization of building and heat network data easy. You can create memorable personalized reports or dashboards on impact and savings thanks to the FLEXharvester application. 

Understandable repository structure and manage application life cycle with Microsoft Devops 
Azure DevOps influences the application lifecycle throughout the planning, development, delivery, and operational phases. With FLEXharvester we deliver a documented and well-defined structure and repository.

For who?

The FLEXharvester software components allow integrators, network operators, building management system providers and real estate companies to enhance their project right away with the STORM District Energy Controller for flexibility management and demand response capabilities.

A ready to use ARM template supporting easy configuration of sensors, network, buildings, data lake, dashboards and algorithms.

With the FLEXharvester ARM template you easily install the total suite of software components on your Microsoft Azure subscription. Using our template, solution providers reduce the implementation time in the field. Our open connection philosophy on every component allows also integration with any other technology or customization.

Ongoing support and feature development by a renowned Energy Research organization

FLEXharvester is a spearhead technology in VITO/EnergyVille’s District Heating and Cooling roadmap for at least 5 to 10 upcoming years. A continuous stream of new features will fuel your innovation and make it future proof.  EnergyVille’s extensive field tests of all components de-risks your development.

Using Microsoft products like IOT Hub, Power BI and Devops, the STORM District Energy Controller can be deployed as a solution to a wide network of Microsoft Partners.

Microsoft Partners will tune FLEXharvester to your and your customers’ needs, apply the FLEXharvester application STORM District Energy Controller‘s control objectives that maximize the net return for every specific thermal network, and enhance your customer interaction experience.

FLEXharvester for Thermal Networks

  • Collective heat production allows in an economic way the implementation of more renewable heat production. It is one of the solutions that help address our climate challenge
  • More return can be realized by managing in an intelligent way the balance between heat production, consumption, and storage and to make use of the present storage capacity in communities and cities. 
  • The more renewable sources can be utilized the lower the total emission and production costs
  • Reducing peaks and shifting production is the way forward to tackle our climate challenge.
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Download your technology product description of FLEXharvester STORM Pilot


Erik De Schutter

Business Developer Thermal Energy Systems at EnergyVille/VITO


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