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EDP Renováveis and the EDP Foundation grant the 2015 University Challenge renewable energy awards to Spanish university students


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EDP Renováveis (Euronext: EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the fourth largest wind power producer in the world together with the EDP Foundation have announced the winner of the EDPR 2015 University Challenge contest, which is addressed to Spanish university students. The awards ceremony was presided by João Manso Neto, EDPR’s CEO.

The five finalist groups presented their projects to the audience and the jury, which included managers from EDP Renováveis such as Joaquín García-Boto, Director of Promotion EDPR Spain, Sonia Franco, Director of Communication of the Wind Power Business Association (AEE) and Telmo Vieira, Partner at Premivalor Consulting.

The winning project was titled Renewable Chiringuito, and was developed by students Inês Prates, Cyrille Dubois, Albert Graells Vilella, Alessia Accili and Agnes Beviz, under the supervision of professor Josep Bordonau, a member of the KIC Innoenergy Master’s Program at Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.

The second and third runner up projects were An Assessment of Visual Impact (AVI) in Wind Farms from the University of Cantabria and Electricity Generation from WWTP Turbines from the University of Oviedo’s Mieres Polytechnic School.

In addition to the three awarded projects, the following projects were also finalists:

  • Hybridization of renewable energy for the production of oxygen, Cadiz University.
  • Economically Viable Tidal Current Turbines, Rey Juan Carlos University’s College of Experimental Sciences and Technology.

The prize awarded to the winning team was 6,000 euros. In addition, the professor tutoring the winning team has received 3,000 euros. Likewise, the runner-up group was awarded 3,000 euros for the members comprising the group and 1,500 euros went to the project coordinator. Lastly, the third classified group has received 2,000 euros for the group and 1,000 euros for the professor supervising the project.

The seventh edition of the EDPR University Challenge has stood out due to the large number of university projects submitted: 113, with a total of 284 registered students representing a total of 53 university departments or schools.

This seventh edition counted with the presence of João Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renováveis, who remarked “as a company, we like to look always to the future and supporting initiatives such as these is the best way to contribute to a better development of the sector and the society of tomorrow”.EDP Renováveis launched the University Challenge in Spain in 2009 and in Portugal in 2007. The company has uninterruptedly called this annual contest with the purpose of supporting university students in the application of their academic knowledge for developing a topic or project in the field of renewable energy. The purpose sought is to create a converging point between the academic and business worlds, aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation and the knowledge surrounding the renewable energy sector.

For more information about the EDPR University Challenge in Spain please access this link: http://www.edpr-universitychallenge.es

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