BDN - What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign

The company sought partnerships with wind developers, including now-Sen. Angus King’s Independence Wind............................

Cote and his co-founders saw the business as paving the way for integrating new renewable power sources with the regional grid, making it more flexible.

“The fundamental idea for bringing the storage technology to Maine residents and businesses was that — as Maine moves forward bringing more clean energy sources online..................................

The company resold what are essentially heating or cooling “batteries” powered by electricity. The North Dakota-based Steffes Corp. made its main product, a unit that uses electricity to heat a ceramic block, which stores thermal energy to use later.

Such storage technologies, including large-scale batteries, are widely viewed as a precursor to adding more renewable power generation to the grid. That’s because renewable sources have a reliability problem: A passing cloud or lull in the wind could cut the juice.

But storage could enable using solar-powered heat even when the sun is hiding, or when the wind has died down.

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Comment by Art Brigades on May 31, 2018 at 11:14am

He "learned" that if we wanted to use electricity for heating, he bet on the wrong horse. Steffes heat storage units are a primitive technology compared to heat pumps. 

Comment by John F. Hussey on May 26, 2018 at 1:38pm

10% power loss charging and discharging

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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