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

 
 
10/28/2011 - 2:08pm

On October 27, 2011, a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals announced a new citizens initiative to increase clean energy in Maine in order to increase energy independence, create jobs, control energy costs and cut pollution. The coalition has established a new group, Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, which is beginning to gather signatures for the November 2012 ballot.

10/21/2011 - 9:30am

The closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station leaves behind over 3,000 acres of prime real estate with close to 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, a world class aviation complex, and 1,000 acres of open space.

08/31/2011 - 12:21pm

batteries ready for recycling at Newalta in Quebec This story from our neighbors to the north illustrates how best practices for the "-to-grave" phase of clean energy storage can be followed here in Maine.

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08/11/2011 - 11:55am

Maine's local leaders can learn useful information about how to store renewable energy for low generation periods from this webinar. The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program, the Clean Energy States Alliance, and the Technology Transition Corp.

08/05/2011 - 3:46pm

How about solar cells that do not require the sun to make energy?  MIT researchers have devised a new type of photovoltaic cell that converts butane to heat and heat to power.  I was just thinking about how hot this laptop is getting on my lap right now, and that this extra heat could be stored to power my cell phone or ipod if or when this new technology is deployed.

08/05/2011 - 12:58pm

“Once the big investments in this most CO2-intensive fossil fuel are made...well, fait accompli. The price at the pump is kept low, for another half-decade, anyway, and then forget about investments in electric cars, or in infrastructure to power transportation with renewable energy.”

07/22/2011 - 11:58am

On July 20, 2011, the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) collaborated to convene the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster 2011 Supply Chain Exchange in Westborough, MA.

07/14/2011 - 10:42am

Is your company interested in doing business with the hydrogen and fuel cells industry? The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster Supply Chain Exchange takes place on July 20 in Westborough, MA.

07/13/2011 - 3:11pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent over thirty years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. On June 12, 2011, Gordon was interviewed by Steve D'Agostino of  WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England.

06/22/2011 - 12:43pm

Karen Hamilton at the main office for Maine's community colleges offers a list of the increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in "green" energy technologies. They include: