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HUNOSA’s geothermal course opens the summer offer of the Universidad de Oviedo at the Mieres Campus

HUNOSA’s geothermal course opens the summer offer of the Universidad de Oviedo at the Mieres Campus

10/06/2016 - Oviedo
Press release HUNOSA

The Universidad de Oviedo has just opened its summer training program with the course 'Air Conditioning through Renewable Geothermal Energy”, which is offered by Aula de Hunosa at the Mieres Campus. The Director of Cátedra de Hunosa, Mr. José Luis Viesca, chaired the inaugural event. Mr. Viesca, who is also the Director in charge of the summer course, together with Ms. Teresa Alonso Sánchez, explained that “this is one of the most sought-after courses of the University, it filled up the first enrollment day”. Furthermore, he added, thirty percent of the students enrolled come from outside the region of Asturias.

At the opening ceremony which took place this week also took part the Vice-Chancellor in charge of university extension and international projecton, Mr. Francisco José Borge; HUNOSA’s Chairperson, Ms. María Teresa Mallada; the University director in charge of cooperation with companies, Mr. Enrique Covián; and the Head of the Mieres Technical College, Ms. Asunción Cámara. 'Mieres has become a referent for geothermal studies” pointed out Ms. Cámara. This was one of Hunosa’s goals, stated Ms. Mallada, when the Aula was established in Barredo. She also highlighted the “success” achieved by the geothermal course which, in its first year, recorded more than 150 submissions for fifteen places.

The director in charge of cooperation with companies, who took hold of his post a few days ago, stressed that “we need to promote more agreements like this one”. He regarded Ms. Mallada’s presence as “a proof of complicity and an explicit support to the University’s task”. Improving the relationship between companies and university is one of the goals of his mandate.

Projects in the exploitation geothermal power

The progress in the exploitation of mine water as an energy source, geothermal power, is one of the main goals of the Hunosa Company. This said the CEO of the state-owned coal mining company, Ms. Mallada, during the event. Ms. Mallada took advantage of the presence of the Vice-Chancellor for university extension and international projection, Mr. Borge, for suggesting that “we would be very pleased in continue supplying geothermal power to other buildings at the Mieres Campus”. Until now, the company supplies mine water for the heating system of the hall of residence and the research center. The inclusion of the scientific and technological building, the oldest and also the biggest, is still pending.

The coal mining company Álvarez-Buylla hospital in Mieres. They also have received the undertaking from the regional Government of supplying geothermal energy to the new residential buildings for renting of La Mayacina, a plan which is pending of receiving the European Feder funds, 'and other projects which would not be prudent to mention yet”, declared Ms. Mallada.

The setup of these plans, according to Hunosa’s Chairperson, constitutes the path to be followed for the state-owned coal company: 'We have to talk less and work more. We must give citizens something more than words”. Hunos is also working on two projects for exploiting biogas, one of which is already on the trial stage. In a few days, besides, she said that a wood treatment plant at Mieres will be awarded. This will be a key item for taking advantage of the biomass.

The projects are going ahead, without Hunosa forgetting its close relationship with the Universidad de Oviedo. Since the setup of the Aula Hunosa there have been many successes. The last, that its facilities have been included by the Education department of the regional Government within the network of didactical resources, the expansion of the research on energy crops, the prizes for the best official academic transcripts from Mieres Campus, and the best doctoral thesis at the Mining School of Oviedo, the setup of the Aula HUNOSA which is visited by hundreds of primary and secondary schools from all of Asturias.


HUNOSA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of around 73,000 professionals in 2014; the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further ten companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.

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