Brightsource has signed Memorandums of Understanding with two prominent Chinese organisations at the Renewable Energy Industries Forum (REIF) in Shanghai, the annual US-China series of discussions hosted by the US Department of Energy and the Chinese National Energy Administration.
The agreements were signed between Brightsource and China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) and between Brightsource and the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI). Brightsource also signed an amendment to an existing MoU with Huanghe Hydropower Development, a subsidiary company of CPI.
The deal with CPI means Brightsource will be technology supplier to the first commercial scale CSP project to be undertaken as part of the US–China Framework for the Ten-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with Huanghe Hydropower Development, under the terms of the amended Huanghe-Brightsource MoU.
Under the MoU with CREEI, Brightsource will collaborate with the institute on the compiling of a national CSP handbook for China. CREEI has been commissioned by the Chinese National Energy Administration to compile the handbook, with Brightsource set to contribute expertise and advice on the efficient utilisation of CSP
Brightsource are currently working on the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a huge CSP plant in the Mojave Desert, California. Development of the Ivanpah project is being carried out jointly by BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google. Brightsource’s involvement with Ivanpah is thought to have been a key factor in their selection by CPI to work on the US-China CSP plant.
Other notable developments relating to solar power at the Renewable Energy Industries Forum included the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement between DuPont and GD Solar to collaborate in research and development of solar energy systems.