On a windy day, my neighbor's wind turbine makes more power than she needs, so she makes hydrogen with that power and stores it up for a calm day when she needs it, or she can sell it back to the grid. 

Hydrogen Blog Posts


Hydrogen is the lightest element in the universe.  It also holds a great deal of potential energy, which makes it a versatile energy storage medium that can be produced on-site, transported or even mixed with natural gas to create a cleaner energy supply. Let's talk about how we can use hydrogen (H2) to help us meet Maine's energy needs.


a hydrogen fuel cell

A hydrogen fuel cell at NREL

06/22/2011 - 12:29am

Those interested in buying and or selling hydrogen/ fuel cells may be interested to hear that the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) will host a Supply Chain Exchange for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry supply chain in the region.

05/24/2011 - 4:26pm

Did you miss a scheduled webinar from the National Renewable Energy Lab's Technical Assistance Program?  Good news: you can still watch them from the archives. Find presentations and supporting materials from past Technical Assistance Webinars for state and local officials on state policies, analysis tools, and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. 

05/22/2011 - 10:26pm

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America needs speakers!  The conference will be held February 14 to the 16 in 2012 in Long Beach, California.

05/22/2011 - 9:42pm

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering a webinar on Monday, May 23, 2011, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

05/10/2011 - 3:11pm

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program will co-host a webinar with the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Technology Transition Corporation titled "Local Leaders Create Fuel Cell Success Stories: Spotlight on Leading Local Companies" on Tuesday, May 17, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern.

03/17/2011 - 12:13pm

On March 10, 2011, the Hydrogen Energy Center hosted a meeting in which HEC President Rick Smith and Member Tomlin Coggeshall reported back after their visit to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD.

01/12/2011 - 4:55pm

On Jan. 11, 2011, I attended the Hydrogen Energy Center's monthly meeting.  Its topic was engendered by a member's question in the preceding meeting: "What will it take to bring about a hydrogen economy in Maine? Is it possible?" The following are the notes that I took during the meeting; if corrections are needed, I hope that HEC folks will set us straight.

12/27/2010 - 3:39pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about energy storage. Remember from high school physics that all energy is either kinetic or potential?  Anything that holds potential energy is storing it for later use, when it will be converted to kinetic or working energy.  Food is one example: Solar energy is stored in plants until we eat them (or eat the animals that ate them).

12/19/2010 - 4:12pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about hydrogen energy and fuel cells.  Hydrogen (also called H2 on the periodic table of elements) can be used in two different ways: one is to burn it like any other fuel to give us power. The other way is to run it through a fuel cell to produce electricity.

The two main benefits of using hydrogen for our energy needs are: