Research into Conversion of Solar Resources into Clean Forms of Stored Energy Completed

iberdola solar energy and storageRochester, New York.  Two Iberdrola scholars recently completed their research in energy and the environment at the University of Maine and the University of Rochester. Funding for their post-graduate studies was provided by the Iberdrola USA Foundation Program for Energy and Environment Postgraduate Studies in the United States.

• Matthew Burns, a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering candidate at the University of Maine at Orono, created numerical models to replicate centrifuge testing of suction caissons designed to limit the impact of offshore wind generation on the seabed. Matthew will receive his degree in August 2013.

• Maria Abreu-Sepulveda, a current PhD candidate in Materials Science at the University of Rochester, continued research on converting solar resources into clean forms of stored energy. The research focused on building more efficient batteries to store energy for later distribution when solar resources are not readily available.

“Iberdrola and Iberdrola USA believe it’s our duty to help identify and develop the next generation of renewable energy leaders,” said Bob Kump, CEO of Iberdrola USA.

This scholarship program is another page in our long history of environmental stewardship and concern for the future of the planet. We’re very proud of these scholars and wish them much future success.

The Iberdrola scholarship program, now starting its third year of supporting graduate studies in renewable energy, environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency, has provided four scholarships to US students worth approximately $200,000 since its inception in 2011.

“Developing sources of renewable energy is one of the greatest challenges facing the next generation of engineers,” said Dana N. Humphrey, Dean of Engineering at the University of Maine.

Iberdrola’s graduate fellowships provide the kind of advanced training that is needed and shows their heightened level of concern for the future of our planet.

“The future of renewable energy in the US and abroad relies heavily on advances in research and development being conducted at academic institutions like the University of Rochester, the University of Maine and corporations like Iberdrola,” said Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies, Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester.

This corporate – academic partnership is helping to train students in the critically important areas of energy and the environment, enabling them to make exciting contributions in the areas of alternative energy, enhanced sustainability, and improved energy efficiency and storage.

In July, the Iberdrola USA Foundation, in conjunction with Fundación Iberdrola of Spain and Scottish Power, will recognize its 2013/2014 scholarship recipients at a ceremony at Iberdrola Corporate Headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

About the Iberdrola USA Foundation and the Fundación Iberdrola: The Foundations support initiatives that enhance the quality of life where Iberdrola S.A. and its subsidiaries operate, with a focus on sustainable energy, the environment, art and culture, and cooperation and solidarity. For more information about Fundación Iberdrola, please visit

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving 2.4 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA visit

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