Eduardo Fernandez Camacho receives research prize for concentrating solar power work

The University of Seville, the Social Council and the Focus-Abengoa Foundation have awarded the 9th “Javier Benjumea Puigcerver” Research Prize to Eduardo Fernández Camacho for his applied research on the increase in performance of solar-thermal plants through predictive control.

Camacho, university professor of the Automation and Systems Engineering Area, received the award for the extraordinary scientific value of the submitted work.

The jury at the 9th edition considered that the contributions by Camacho contain “a clear scientific, business and social interest, which combined with the extraordinary business career of the researcher, makes it a worthy winner of the ninth edition of the Javier Benjumea Puigcerver Research Prize”.

The prize was presented at a ceremony held in the auditorium of the University of Seville. The award, for which the winner receives EUR 18,000, a diploma and has their work published, is designed to acknowledge the work carried out by researchers within the university community, who participate in research projects that meet the needs of companies and entities in terms of research and development.

The conditions for the prize state that research work will be considered in the areas of scientific and technical knowledge of the University of Seville, as well as other criteria such as the quality of the work, its scientific interest to companies and society, and the usefulness and interest of the research in relation to the socio-economic and business environment of the university.

Camacho is a renowned researcher in his field with a strong scientific record. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), he is deeply involved in representing and managing the research world at a regional, national and European level. He has also authored more than 250 articles and reference books in his field of research into predictive control and control systems for solar energy.