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Francisco Duarte won the Big Smart Cities 2017 contest

The project PAVNEXT developed by Francisco Duarte, a member of the CITTA research Center and a PhD student from the MIT-Portugal Program on Transportation Systems at the Universidade de Coimbra was recognized with a 10.000€ prize at the Big Smart Cities 2017 contest

The prize awarding ceremony took place on July 11 at the Centro Cultural de Cascais. By winning this national entrepreneurship competition, Francisco Duarte received a 10,000 euros prize, a work space and a 6-month acceleration period, a trip to Ericsson's innovation center in Europe and access to the experimental city of Cascais to test the pilot of the technological solution he developed in the scope of his nearly finished doctoral thesis.

This is the third prize won by PAVNEXT since December 2016 when he was honored with the first prize at the Road Safety Innovation Award by ACP. Since then he already won the Coimbra semifinal of the Big Smart Cities Competition and in June was selected to represent Portugal at the European Final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition in October
Francisco Duarte is finishing his PhD Thesis with the title “Pavement Energy Harvesting System to Convert Vehicles Kinetic Energy into Electrical Energy, with the supervision of Professor Adelino Ferreira in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra.

Francisco Duarte is also member of the research team of the project PAVENERGY – Pavement Energy Harvest Solutions (PTDC/ECM-TRA/3423/2014), coordinated by Professor Adelino Ferreira, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Operational Program for Competitiveness Factors (COMPETE) and by national funds through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).


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