Launch of 2nd edition

EDP Labelec Merit Award 2023

After the first launch in January 2022, the EDP Labelec Merit Award aims to continue to distinguish academic excellence in the field of energy.

The first edition had 57 applications from areas such as renewable energy production and integration and decarbonisation, smart grids and energy distribution, new clean energy solutions and innovation technologies and digital solutions. The success and excellence of this edition led to the launch of the second edition.

The second edition is aimed at academics from all the markets in which the group operates and who have developed doctoral theses on the following topics:

  • Renewable energy;

  • Networks;

  • Distributed Production and Electric Mobility;

  • Green Hydrogen;

  • Energy Storage and Flexibility;

  • Decarbonization.

Applications until 17th April 2023. We are counting on you!

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EDP Labelec Merit Award

The winners of the first edition of the EDP Labelec Merit Award are already known. Two doctoral theses focused on renewable energies were awarded ex aequo.

The winners, Carla Sofia da Silva Gonçalves, from the University of Porto, with a thesis on "Renewable Energy Forecasting - Extreme Quantiles, Data Privacy and Monetization" (PhD in Applied Mathematics), and Simon Camal, with a thesis on "Forecasting and optimization of ancillary services provision by renewable energy sources", from the MINES Paris Tech School, Paris Science and Letters University (PhD in Energy and Processes).

The award ceremony took place on 23 November at the Electricity Museum in Lisbon.

The 1st edition of the initiative, which had more than 50 applications, sought to reward the best Master's or Doctoral theses, promoting innovation and academic excellence in the areas of Energy.

The final jury, composed by Ana Paula Marques, Fátima Montemor, George Kariniotakis and Nikos Hatziargyriou, was responsible for the selection of the winner Theses.

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About the award

The EDP Labelec Merit Award is promoted by EDP Labelec and EDP New, companies integrated in the EDP group.

The award will distinguish the best Doctoral Theses, written in Portuguese or English, on energy fields, in the themes defined below, which have been carried out (i) at any University or Institute in geographies where the EDP group operates (according to information in the most recent EDP Annual Report at the time of submission of applications) or (ii) by Portuguese people at any University or Institution, in the different branches of Engineering or Science.

Thesis' themes

  • Renewable energy
  • Networks
  • Distributed Production and Electric Mobility
  • Green Hydrogen
  • Energy Storage and Flexibility
  • Descarbonization

The prize to be awarded will be €20,000 (twenty thousand euros).

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Who is eligible to apply?

Who has a doctoral thesis completed and classified in the two academic years prior to the award edition: 

1- Students at any University or Institute in geographies where the EDP group operates;
2- Portuguese students at any University or Institution.

In which geographies does the EDP Group operate?


  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria


  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malasia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • Macau


  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru


  • USA


  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • Romania
In which language must the thesis be written?

In Portuguese or English.

What themes are accepted for the thesis?

The thesis must be focussed on the area of energy systems and have a relevant practical application.

It must include one of the following categories:

  • Renewable energy
  • Networks
  • Distributed Production and Electric Mobility
  • Green Hydrogen
  • Energy Storage and Flexibility
  • Descarbonization
How much is the prize worth?

Only one EDP LABELEC MERIT Prize will be awarded per edition.
The prize to be awarded will be €20,000 (twenty thousand euros).

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting applications is 30 March 2023.

How do I know if I was accepted? And if I am still in the competition?

All participants will be notified electronically about the state of their application.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced by 30 September 2023, at the latest.

Which language must the video and thesis summary be in?

Both the video and the thesis summary must be in English.

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