ESTECO Academy Microgrid Design Competition

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students of engineering and applied science departments around the world are invited to compete in the ESTECO Academy & CUMMINS Microgrid Design Competition in collaboration with ANSYS and Gamma Technologies.

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By leveraging the power and flexibility of ESTECO’s  modeFRONTIER optimization platform, the participating teams will use principles of engineering and modelling tools to design the best microgrid with reduced overall costs and minimized CO2 emissions, taking into account the operating conditions and respecting the constraints.

The top 3 teams will receive cash prizes while exceptional work might also be rewarded with the opportunity of an internship at a Cummins site worldwide.


The competition challenge consists of the design/sizing of a hybrid microgrid that uses both conventional and renewable energy sources to provide energy supply to a manufacturing facility. The submitted work should be innovative and should demonstrate the use of the modeFRONTIER optimization platform. The jury will favor designs which lead to significant improvements in energy usage and sustainability.


Download Rules and Regulations

If you have any doubt please view the FAQ Webpage and visit the Engineering Toolkit for the ESTECO Academy Microgrid Design Competition.



1st Prize:

$ 600 and 1 year of ESTECO Academy membership for each team member

2nd Prize:

$ 300 and 1 year of ESTECO Academy membership for each team member

3rd Prize:

$ 150 and 1 year of ESTECO Academy membership for each team member



The members of the top 3 teams will also have the opportunity to be considered for an internship at a Cummins site worldwide.

Cash prizes will be kindly provided by ESTECO North America. ESTECO Academy will provide a certificate of attendance to all competition participants that will present a project.


Are you looking for teammates? Post an ad for your ideal teammate on the ESTECO Academy Facebook Wall: It will be easy to create your international team!