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Students from the University of Oviedo won the EDP University Challenge 2020.

Thursday 05, November 2020

The winning team will take a trip to Silicon Valley.

Students at the University of Oviedo are the big winners of the EDP University Challenge, the program developed by the EDP group to support and foster the entrepreneurial spirit of university students. This is an initiative that includes EDP Portugal, EDP Brasil, and EDP Renováveis, and which received 173 applications this year. Both the semifinals and the global final were held digitally.

This year, students in higher education in the areas of engineering, management, and marketing were challenged to develop a project focused on the theme of sustainability. In Portugal, the groups had to develop a project that addressed this theme in relation to areas such as energy efficiency, electric mobility, or circular economy.

In this edition of the project, which encourages university students to apply their academic knowledge in a project that focuses on a theme related to the EDP Group, the winning team was from the University of Oviedo with their project, Sustainable generation and underground energy storage within the scope of decarbonization of the electric sector, supervised by professor María Almudena Ordóñez Alonso.

This team had already been selected for the semifinal of the EDPR University Challenge, held last September. At that time, students Guillermo Domínguez Peláez and Héctor Álvarez González, and their coordinating teacher, received a monetary prize. Now, after being elected winners of the EDP University Challenge, that award is joined by a trip to Silicon Valley, California for the students and their advisor, which will be held when health conditions are guaranteed.

The EDP University Challenge is an EDP initiative aimed at university students. The 14th edition of the program was launched on the 12th of March, 2020, and, for the 2nd consecutive year, unites the three companies that promote the project: EDP Portugal, EDP Renováveis, and EDP Brasil, in a global final ceremony.

In each territory, the three teams with the best projects were selected to participate. The nine finalist teams met in the global final to fight for the grand prize.

EDP counts on Premivalor Consulting as a partner to maintain this initiative as a reference competition to stimulate university students' entrepreneurship.