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DTE Energy E-Challenge Competition for Colleges and Universities

SOUTHFIELD, MI – DTE Energy, the Detroit-based diversified energy company, is now seeking entries for its E-Challenge Competition for Colleges and Universities.  Submissions are due by March 3, 2017.

This year's competition, in partnership with The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), seeks innovative energy efficiency technology demonstration opportunities in advanced energy efficiency processes. Up to $250,000 may be awarded to successful applicant(s) to create the demonstration for their energy savings innovation. Individual or team scholarships of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

The purpose of the E-Challenge Competition for Colleges and Universities is to showcase innovation through market-ready advanced energy efficiency solutions that utilize Michigan-based technology products or companies or combine stand-alone technologies into an integrated solution to maximize energy savings. The product must be ready for commercialization or demonstrated in market with validation of energy savings.

An application can be submitted by a current student or team of students from a university that is offering an innovative energy savings process that can be demonstrated at a "to be determined" site recommended by the submitter. The site may be within the college or university campus or local business or facility.

With a focus on advanced energy efficiency processes, any energy savings product, material, system, structure, process or methodology that is innovative in application or use, including but not limited to inventions, is eligible as long as it meets the program's parameters.  Preference will be given to Michigan based technologies and businesses as well as to applications that include product development collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.

For complete program details, including eligibility requirements and application preferences, visit www.e-challenge.net, or contact Leslie Smith at 248/353-0735, ext. 152, or lsmith@esd.org.

All entries must be submitted online at www.e-challenge.net along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

Founded in 1895, The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders. For more information, visit www.esd.org.

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