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E2Tech News

  • Friday, October 09, 2015 1:29 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    WindowDressers, a new member of E2Tech, is a growing volunteer-driven nonprofit organization based in Rockland that manufactures low-cost window inserts. WD inserts increase the value of a typical double-glazed window from R-2 to R-4 with a cost to customers of about $2.10 per square foot. With a design based on a prototype by energy auditor Topher Belknap, WindowDressers developed measuring software, and systematized the manufacturing process. The result is a good looking insert that has a life expectancy of around ten years. The installation of these inserts is one of the lowest cost and highest energy efficiency upgrades a homeowner or business can implement. The inserts can have a big impact on heating bills and carbon dioxide emissions, most often paying for themselves in one heating season.

    Founded as an all-volunteer effort, WD has produced over 8,000 inserts, and 5,000 more are in the pipeline for this fall. WD supplies frame kits or ready-assembled frames and other needed tools and supplies to local volunteers, who work together in a one-week or two-week “Community Build” to finish the insert building process, much like an old-fashioned barn raiser.  

    Local Community Build Coordinators are able to offer up to ten inserts to low income customers for a fixed contribution of $10. About one fifth of WD’s output is dedicated to low-income residents as an essential part of the non-profit’s mission.

    WD now has limited paid staff, and, with 15 Community Builds in seven counties underway this fall, WD is working to extend its reach. With over 500,000 homes in Maine, there is plenty of room for this young organization to grow.

    For further information, contact Eileen Wilkinson, Director of Business Development and Community Build Programs, at 207-230-9902.

  • Friday, October 09, 2015 1:18 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    October 22, 2015 | 9:00 am – 1:45 pm

    The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster and Western New England University are pleased to host an energy storage forum that will bring together key stakeholders in the electrochemical energy storage industry. This Forum will focus on the potential markets for electrochemical energy storage systems and opportunities for their integration with renewable energy sources, and electric and gas utilities.

    This event will feature a dynamic “Matchmaking” session with one-on-one meetings between OEMs, organizations, and supply chain companies. In addition, businesses will have an opportunity to meet with utilities, and federal, state, and regional resources.

    Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA.

    View the agenda here. 

    Register here.

  • Friday, October 09, 2015 1:08 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    October 14th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm |  University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

    Export Forum 2015 - Information on two export reimbursement grants currently administered by MITC will be available, in addition to this excellent line up:

    • Opening session features an overview on the global economy with current snapshots and forecasts for the primary international trade markets for Maine businesses:  Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
    • Three concurrent breakout sessions - tailored for sales/marketing, finance, and logistics professionals - will provide best practices and realistic advice on ways to manage and minimize risks.
    • Closing networking session - with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres - will allow discussions with our expert speakers and fellow attendees to continue in an informal setting.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:51 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    In case you missed or would like to review our September 9th forum, "And" Then... Environmental & Energy Legislative Update 2015, you can view the forum video here.

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 1:15 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    It was a big week for Igiugig.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave a shout out to the Bristol Bay community for its innovative renewable energy project, dubbed the “RivGen” power system.

    Igiugig, in partnership with the Ocean Renewable Power Company, has been testing a system which uses currents from the fast-moving Kvichak River to generate electricity.

    “These are the kind of creative solutions that will enable Arctic communities to endure and thrive in the future, without having to rely on dirtier and ultimately destructive sources of power,” Kerry said to a group of international leaders at the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER, in Anchorage on Monday.

    President Barack Obama during his visit to Alaska this week also acknowledged energy challenges in Rural Alaska.

    “We’re going to deploy more clean-energy projects on Native lands, and that’s going to reduce dependence of fossil fuels, promote new jobs and new growth in your communities,” the president said to a crowd in Kotzebue on Wednesday.

    Read the full article here.


  • Monday, August 24, 2015 5:47 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Sandia National Laboratories and eight other companies and research organizations will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity.

    The memorandum of understanding focuses on the development of a fossil-fueled energy system based on supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton cycle technology.

    Organizations signing the memorandum with Sandia are Peregrine Turbine Technologies and its subsidiary PTT Distributed Energy Systems of Wiscasset, Maine; Vacuum Process Engineering of Sacramento, California; Mid-South Engineering of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and four partners from Huntsville, Alabama, CFD Research Corp., the U.S. Space & Rocket Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Government Energy Solutions Inc. and the Energy Huntsville Initiative.

    Read the full press release here.


  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 3:29 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Today, E2Tech is honored to receive a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. We are thrilled to put the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund grant to work connecting Maine's energy and environmental entrepreneurs with opportunities across the state, New England, and NY.

    Thank you to our many partners, and congratulations to the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development for winning as well! ‪

    Read the full Portland Press Herald article here.

    #‎SBAaccelerates‬

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:00 AM | Bonnie Frye Hemphill (Administrator)

    Apply to pitch your startup company to AOL founder & Revolution invest Steve Case for $100,000 

    Interested in pitching your startup for a $100,000 investment from legendary entrepreneur Steve Case on 10/2, during the nationwide “Rise of the Rest” tour through Portland? 

    Start your application todayis Sunday 9/13 at 11.59pm EST.

    As you've probably heard, Steve Case - co-founder of AOL and CEO of Revolution - will be in Portland to discuss the importance of startups to the city, invest $100,000 in a local startup during a pitch competition, and host a happy hour celebration for supporters of the startup community on Oct 2nd. Prominent business, political, and nonprofit leaders will also attend.

    Both public events are free and open to the public. In addition to applying to pitch your startup, RSVP to one OR both of the public events:

    4pm on 10/2: Watch the pitch Competition with Steve Case for $100k: RSVP here to watch (apply to pitch your company here)

    6pm on 10/2: Startup Celebration with Steve Case: RSVP here

    The “Rise of the Rest” initiative, which includes partners Google for Entrepreneurs and SalesForce for Startups, is a nationwide effort led by Steve Case to showcase – and invest in – talented entrepreneurs  across the U.S. Through the effort, President Obama has publicly applauded, $1.5 million has been invested in startup businesses across a diverse set of 14 cities.

    This next tour begins in Baltimore on 9/28 and continues on to Philadelphia on 9/29, Buffalo on 9/30, Manchester on 10/1, and Portland on 10/2.

    RSVP to attend and apply to pitch your startup!

    PS - here is a recent Portland Press Herald piece on Rise of the Rest, here is a national story in Quartz, and here is a blogpost from Steve announcing the upcoming tour.


  • Friday, July 10, 2015 2:31 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Four semifinalists, including SeaChange Group, have been selected by expert judges as companies with technologies that can improve America’s energy security by reducing our nation’s dependence on oil. The grand prize winner will receive $125,000, with the first-runner up receiving $35,000 and the second-runner up $15,000.


    SeaChange Group’s patented Eco-Hybrid fuel uses glycerol, a byproduct of biodiesel production, to reduce emissions in diesel engines and costs for maritime vessels and off-road equipment. 


    Learn more here!

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:19 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    BRUNSWICK, MAINE – The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) approved 5 new grant applications in June 2015, totaling $65,120 in awards to entrepreneurs from across Maine to advance new product and process development in biotechnology, environmental technology, and information technology. This round of MTI awards leveraged over $87,850 of matching contributions from the award recipients.


    Awards from this round include:

    • Two (2) TechStart grants totaling $6,500

    • Three (3) Business Accelerator Grants totaling $58,620


    Read the full press release here.

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