The Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (Aneel) invited proposals September 28 for Concentrated Solar Power research and development projects.

The Concentrated Solar Power program was developed in partnership with GIZ, the German government-owned international development agency.

Companies have 90 days to express their interest and 180 days to start the projects, typically in partnership with local universities. Projects must then be completed within four years.


Aneel is aiming to test Brazil’s CSP potential, train researchers and workers, experiment with different technologies, combine with industrial processes, discover the best sites and reduce costs.

Separately, Brazil’s Center for Energy Research announced October 2 that the Petrolina CSP Project was expected to be operational by 2017.

The 1 MW-plant is part of the Plataforma complex, which includes a PV demonstration plant.