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University of Oviedo wins the EDP Global University Challenge 2020

Tuesday 03, November 2020

Thanks to its success in the EDPR University Challenge, the team from Oviedo has become this year’s global winner.

Madrid, 30 October 2020: 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 winner of the Global EDPR University Challenge 2020, held in Lisbon. This year was the second year thatThis global Challenge was open to university students in Portugal, Brazil and all the other countries within the EDP Renewables footprint, with participants representing more than 30 nationalities.

Through the University Challenge, EDPR seeks to promote collaboration with university communities worldwide. in applying their academic expertise to the development of renewable energy projects, specifically in the areas of marketing, business administration and applied engineering. 

In this year’s round of the Challenge, which encourages university students to apply their knowledge to a key area of relevance for the EDP Group, students at the University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Professor María Almudena Ordóñez Alonso, submitted the winning project: Sustainable Energy Generation and Underground Storage within the Framework of the Decarbonisation of the Energy Sector.

In September, the same team from Oviedo won the twelfth annual Spanish edition of the EDPR University Challenge, for which students Guillermo Domínguez Peláez and Héctor Álvarez González received €6,000 in prize money, with their supervising professor receiving €3,000. Following their success at the local level, the team went on to win the international competition, for which the students and their academic sponsor will receive a trip to Silicon Valley, California, as soon as it is safe to travel.

The two runner-up finalists in this year’s global University Challenge were: Democratizing Efficient Solar Energy Use Through Sharing and Gamification, presented jointly by students from the Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, winners of the local competition in Brazil; and Re:dy: Reducing Dynamically Costs, submitted by students in Universidade de Lisboa’s Science Department, who represented Portugal. 

For further information on EDP University Challenge in Spain, visit: https://www.edp.com/en/edp-university-challenge