BrightSource Energy Inc., a solar thermal technology company, says that South Africa-based Sasol has selected BrightSource's power tower solar thermal technology, following a worldwide review of solar technologies.
Under the agreement, BrightSource and its partner Alstom, a provider of power generation equipment, will conduct a comprehensive front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the South Africa market.
The FEED study is a critical step in the design and deployment of a solar thermal power plant, BrightSource says. Sasol will use the information from the study to determine how best to deploy BrightSource's technology in the markets it serves.
South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program, run by the country's Department of Energy, is targeting the addition of an initial 3,725 MW of renewable energy by 2016.