EON Withdraws From Testing Pelamis Wave Power System in Scotland

EON SE, Germany’s largest utility, will stop working with Pelamis Wave Power Ltd. on a project to test one of the U.K. company’s marine generators in Scotland.

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.