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EDP Renewables presents University Challenge 2012

EDP Renewables presents University Challenge 2012

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer, has presented today, at the Gijón Technical School of Engineering, the latest edition of the EDP University Challenge, for which Spanish university students can present renewable energy-related projects.

The event was attended by the University of Oviedo’s Vice Chancellor for Research, Santiago García Granda and Vice Chancellor for Students and Employment, Luis Rodríguez Muñiz as well as the Director of the Gijón Technical School of Engineering, Hilario López García, among others. Also in attendance were Enrique Jáimez, Head of the University of Oviedo’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cluster; Javier Díaz, Head of Project Management at EDP Renewables; and Rafael Solís, Head of Communications at EDP Renewables. The winners of the 2011 Challenge also participated, with students from the Gijón Technical School of Engineering presenting their project “Design for an off-shore wind farm”.

The 2011 edition of the Challenge stood out for the remarkable number of projects presented – over 40 – and it is hoped that the 2012 Challenge will receive even more entries, thanks to the huge interest the initiative has sparked among Spanish universities.

The EDP University Challenge 2012 is entitled “EDP and renewable energies: facing the future side by side”, and features some significant modifications on last year’s format. The 2012 edition has three award categories. The winning project will receive a €6,000 grant, as well as a research grant worth €3,000 for the supervising tutor. The project awarded second place will receive a €3,000 grant and a €1,500 research grant for the supervisor, and the award for third place comprises a €2,000 grant and a €1,000 research grant.

EDP Renewables launched the EDP University Challenge in Spain in 2009 and in Portugal in 2007. Thanks to its great success, this year the Challenge has been extended to Brazil. The Challenge aims to support and reward university students for the practical application of their academic knowledge to the development of projects or ideas in the field of renewable energies.

As of right now, Spanish university students can register for participation and check the terms and conditions of the Challenge at www.edpr.com.