South African energy and chemicals company Sasol has completed a worldwide review of solar power technologies and chosen the “power tower” concentrating solar power (CSP) technology developed by Israeli-American BrightSource Energy for deployment at a utility-scale facility in South Africa, according to the Climate Change Business Journal. According to the agreement, BrightSource and its partner, the French energy equipment giant Alstom, will conduct a comprehensive front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to determine the best possible opportunities for deploying the power tower technology in the South African market.
According to Brightsource, the Company’s technology is designed to produce the highest temperature and pressure solar steam available in the world today. Its power tower solar thermal technology generates power the same way as traditional power plants – by creating high temperature steam to turn a turbine. However, instead of using fossil fuels or nuclear power to create the steam, BrightSource uses the sun’s energy.