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EDP Renewables grants “University Challenge” renewable energy awards to Spanish university students

EDP Renewables grants “University Challenge” renewable energy awards to Spanish university students

The winning project, “LED Zebra Crossing”, was presented by students from the Gijón Technical School of Engineering.

Second place was awarded to a project entitled “Wave Energy Farms for Isolated Electrical Systems”, submitted by the Technical School of Civil Engineering at the University of Cantabria,while third place went to a project called “Harnessing Geothermal energy to improve energy efficiency”, carried out by students at the Technical School of Ávila.

Madrid, 22 October, 2012: EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer, has announced the winner of the EDP University Challenge 2012 for students of Spanish universities. The awards ceremony was hosted by Rocío Sicre, Managing Director of EDP Renewablesin Spain.

The five shortlisted groups presented their projects to the audience and the judging panel, which was comprised of Ignacio Matos, Technical Manager of New Energies at Repsol, Telmo Vieira, a Partner at Premivalor Consulting, Joaquín García Boto, Head of Project Development at EDP Renewables España and Carlos Martín, Technical Director at EDP Renewables.

As well as the three winning projects, the following two entries were also shortlisted:

  • Project Finance for aphotovoltaic solar plant, by the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Cantabria
  • Solar-powered designer lamp, Business Plan, by the Autonomous University of Barcelona

The winning project was entitled “LED Zebra Crossing” and was entered by a group of students from the Gijón Technical School of Engineering, supervised by a Professor from the same School, Manuel Rico Secades.

The winning team was awarded a study grant worth 6,000 Euros and the professor who supervised the entry received a research grant worth 3,000 Euros.

The projects awarded second and third place, presented by the Technical School of Civil Engineering at the University of Cantabria and the Technical School of Ávila, received study grants worth 3,000 Euros and 1,500 Euros, respectively.

The 2012 edition of the EDP University Challenge obtained remarkable participation levels, with over 30 entries received from 25 Spanish universities.

EDP Renewables launched the University Challenge in Spain in 2009 and in Portugal in 2007. The company organised this annual contest in order to support university students in the practical application of academic knowledge to the development of projects or ideas in the field of renewable energies.

For further information about the EDP University Challenge in Spain, visit the EDP Renewables website:

http://www.edpr-universitychallenge.es