German company Kraftanlagen Munchen GmbH will supply the technology for a new pilot project to build a solar thermal power plant in Brazil's Pernambuco state next year.
The development of the project will be carried out by a partnership between the Germany-based Julich Solar Institute, Brazilian federal utility Chesf and the Federal University of Ceara (UFC), the government said on Tuesday.
Unlike other solar equipment used in the country that require expensive batteries, the new system can store energy in a more feasible way, making it available even at night, said Paulo Alexandre Rocha, professor and coordinator of UFC's Solar and Natural Gas Energy Laboratory.
The developers are now trying to get approximately BRL 45 million (USD 14m/EUR 12.4m) in funds through a public call with the national power sector regulator Aneel. If things go as planned, construction works will begin next year and take around three and a half years to be completed.