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EDP Renewables presents University Challenge renewable energy awards to Spanish university students

EDP Renewables presents University Challenge renewable energy awards to Spanish university students

The winning project “Design of a multifunctional prototype of a wind-solar energy cogeneration system based on the use of graphene” was presented by students from the Experimental Science and Technology Department of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Second place was awarded to a project entitled “Waste heat smartly” submitted by Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería of Barcelona, while third prize went to a project called “CO2 capture and storage system for transport vehicles” carried out by students at the Engineering and Architecture School of Zaragoza University.

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 2013 for students of Spanish universities. The awards ceremony was hosted by Rocío Sicre, Managing Director of EDP Renewables in Spain.

The five shortlisted groups presented their projects to the audience and the judging panel, which was comprised by Luis Polo, Managing Director of AEE (Spanish Wind Power Association), Jorge Corrales and Ignacio Laínez, Directors of Institutional Relations and Energy Evaluation at EDP Renováveis Europe, respectively, and Telmo Vieira, a Partner at Premivalor Consulting.

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

  • “Energy generator fuelled by currents produced by air convection in Green House Energy greenhouses” submitted by students at Universidad Europea and Universidad Carlos III, both in Madrid.
  • “A study of the geothermal potential of water from mines combined with wind energy” by students at the Engineering School of the University of Oviedo.

The winning project was entitled “Design of a multifunctional prototype of a wind-solar energy cogeneration system based on the use of graphene” and was entered by a group of students from the Experimental Science and Technology Department of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, supervised by a Professor from the same School, Silvia González Prolongo.

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

The projects awarded second and third place, presented by Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería of Barcelona and the Engineering and Architecture School of Zaragoza University, respectively, received study grants worth 3,000 Euros and 2,000 Euros, respectively.

The 2013 edition of the University Challenge received a remarkable level of participation, with over 80 entries.

EDP Renewables launched the EDP University Challenge in Spain in 2009 and in Portugal in 2007. The company has organised this contest every year since then to support universities in the practical application of academic knowledge for the development of projects and ideas in the field of renewable energies.

For further information on EDP University Challenge in Spain, visit the website: http://www.edpr-universitychallenge.es

About EDP Renewables (EDPR)

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 11 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the US, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Romania). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP is Portugal’s largest industrial group and the only Portuguese company to form part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (World and STOXX).