Ausra, the solar thermal power company formed in the United States by Australian, David Mills, has signed two deals for its technology.

Robert Fishman, Ausra’s chief executive, said his company has agreed to build a 23-megawatt solar steam plant adjacent to a 750-megawatt coal-fired power station at Kogan Creek on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The company’s mirror arrays and boilers will produce supplemental steam to boost the coal plant’s electricity production.

Ausra has also signed a contract to provide a solar steam system to a German developer, MENA Cleantech, which plans to build a 100-megawatt hybrid solar farm in Jordan.

Mr Fishman said that a third contract, for a project in the United States, would be announced soon.