US concentrated solar power (CSP) developer, Brightsource is to partner with a number of Chinese energy companies to build a CSP plant and collaborate on future technology improvements.

The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) will produce the first commercial-scale CSP project, under the US-China ten-year cooperation on energy and environment initiative.

The MoUs were signed with several state-owned companies including: China Power Investment Corp (CPI), China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) and Huanghe Hydropower Development (a subsidiary of CPI).

Brightsource is to supply technology and Huangue will develop, construct and operate the CSP project.

Brightsource and CPI are also to work on research and development of CSP technology for future cost reduction and to influence Chinese energy policy, while CREEI is to produce a CSP handbook for future projects.

The MoUs were signed at the US-China renewable energy industry forum in Shanghai.

These agreements expand our international business and further validate our power tower technology and its value in providing firm, flexible power for our customers,” said David Ramm, executive chairman, Brightsource.

The US-China ten-year cooperation on energy and environment was established in 2008 to share information for fostering innovation and solutions for the energy problems facing both countries.