EON will withdraw from the project off Orkney because of slow development of the technology, it said today in an e-mailed statement. Pelamis said it won’t affect the company’s plans.
The utility will “monitor” marine-energy technology to be ready when operations are more mature, it said in the statement.
Wave and tidal power developers haven’t yet begun operating commercial-scale projects. Siemens AG, Alstom SA and DCNS SA have taken stakes to gain a foothold as developers move toward bringing systems to market. Pelamis said in October it’s in talks on a partnership to help it commercialize its device.
Pelamis will keep operating the machine, and a second it’s testing in Orkney for Iberdrola SA’s ScottishPower Renewables Ltd. It’s working with Vattenfall AB on a 10-megawatt project off the Shetland Islands. Pelamis expects to deliver commercial machines in a few years, it said in an e-mailed statement.
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