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Universidad de Oviedo named winner of the EDPR University Challenge 2019

Wednesday 11, September 2019
  • Through this annual contest, the company supports universities in the practical application of academic knowledge for the development of marketing, business administration and engineering projects in the field of renewable energies
  • The winning project of this edition, entitled Thermal-hydraulic Use of Urban Wastewater, was presented by students from the Asturian university
  • The project submitted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the joint project presented by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and KU Leuven in Belgium came in second and third place, respectively.
  • For the first time, students from universities in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy submitted projects this year

Madrid, 11 September 2019: EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and one of the world's largest wind energy producers, has announced the results of the EDPR University Challenge 2019 for students from Spanish universities. The prize-giving ceremony was held in Madrid this week and was hosted by João Manso Neto, CEO of EDPR.

This is the eleventh consecutive edition of the EDPR University Challenge, which was first promoted by the company in Spain in 2009. Over its ten-year history, more than 2,400 students and 400 professors from 70 Spanish universities have taken part. As a result, close to 800 innovative projects in the areas of marketing, business administration and engineering have been assessed by the esteemed renewable energy professionals that have made up the judging panels in the various editions.

For the first time, this edition of the EDPR University Challenge will include entries from universities in France, Belgium, the UK and Italy, which will join candidates from Spanish institutions.

In this year’s edition, the projects were assessed by a panel of top-level judges, made up of: Fenando García Gutiérrez, Manager of Risk, Energy and Utilities at Deloitte Spain, Ignacio Huici, Business Development Officer at InnoEnergy Spain, Telmo Viera, a Partner at PremiValor Consulting, Ernesto Barroso, Innovation Director at EDP Spain and Joaquín García Boto, Development Director at EDPR Spain.

The winning project was entitled Thermal-hydraulic Use of Urban Wastewater and was entered by students from Universidad de Oviedo, supervised by professor María Almudena Ordóñez Alonso. The team received a prize with a gross value of €6,000, while the professor coordinating the project was awarded €3,000.

The projects awarded second and third place, respectively, were: Increase Your PV Profitability, presented by students from Universidad de Politécnica de Madrid and A Platform from EDP to the Community, jointly presented by students from Belgian university KU Leuven and KTH in Sweden. The students were awarded prizes worth €3,000 and €2,000, respectively, while the coordinating professors were awarded €1,500 and €1,000, respectively.

The three winning groups will have the opportunity to participate in the global University Challenge, taking on the winners of the Portuguese and Brazilian editions next 28 October in Lisbon. The winning group of the global edition will receive a journey to Silicon Valley.

For further information on EDPR University Challenge in Spain, visit the website.

As a company, we are immensely proud of the University Challenge. It has enabled us to support university education for over a decade now and, on more than one occasion, has even led us to rethink our own approach and consider things from a different perspective. This is the talent of the future, which will be decisive in contributing to the development of clean energy", said João Manso Neto, EDP Renewables CEO.