Nobody has ever made solar power at night yet, nor wind power when she's in irons. So using these renewable power rigs means having to store some of the energy somehow for low-production times.

Energy Storage Blog Posts

Energy Storage: How Erratic Energy Sources can Meet our Demands

We can store energy in many ways. To use renewable energy sources, whose supply is intermittent compared to our demand, we need to store energy at times of peak production for use when demand is high. To explore the ways we can store energy, read on...

nickel metal hydride battery

Liquid-cooled nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries have relatively good power and energy.

Photo credit: Warren Gretz, NREL Staff Photographer

 
 
08/14/2012 - 9:09am

The new sodium metal halide battery is a high-temperature electric battery that uses molten salts as an electrolyte. This new technology offers both high energy density through the proper selection of reactant pairs as well as a high power density by means of a high-conductivity molten salt electrolyte.

06/04/2012 - 5:14pm

For millions of years, trees have had the whole energy thing down. Grow a few thousand leaves, capture a little sunlight and suck some water out of the ground, and voila! you have energy to grow and reproduce!

03/20/2012 - 9:34pm

According to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, ("E2Tech"), "Clean Tech is defined by a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce or eliminate emissions and wastes.

02/08/2012 - 1:07pm

The Hydrogen Energy Center will present a talk at its February 9 meeting that will address this and other questions.

12/20/2011 - 6:07pm

On January 10, 2012, the Farm Energy Parters Network will host the Annual Ag Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. Renewable energy options for farms and greenhouses will be high on the list of agenda topics at the show. 

12/06/2011 - 3:34pm

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a comprehensive hydrogen storage materials database to collect and disseminate materials data and accelerate advanced materials research and development.

12/01/2011 - 4:50pm

There are several recent headlines in the scientific press about discoveries made by different research institutions in their search for better ways to store energy when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.  Here is a little digest of a few of these stories:

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11/23/2011 - 4:27pm

The following article by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager of DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability was posted on November 15, 2011.  Unfortunately, none of the featured projects is in Maine; fortunately, we can learn from them and apply some of their discoveries here:

11/20/2011 - 3:25pm

On November 15, 2011, The Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) and its partners held an event heralded as the launch of Maine's Clean Tech Corridor. While it was safe to witness this launch from a mere distance of 5 feet or so, the potential economic power of the Clean Tech Corridor may be formidable, indeed.

11/07/2011 - 5:11pm

On Novmber 3, 2011 Brunswick Landing and the E2Tech Council held an event to introduce the public to the clean energy redevelopment potential at Brunswick Landing and the vision for building the Brunswick Renewable Energy Center (BREC).