Covering energy and
technology has taken me around the world, from the coalfields of
Up the Andes” Spectrum, 2004. A Canadian couple is lighting up remote, rural
villages not connected to the electric grid. Their ingredients: solar panels,
high efficiency LEDs, and an innovative combination of development and
ecotourism. My story documents a May 2004 trip to rural
“China’s Coal Future”
Technology Review, January-February 2007.
Cyclists Take Charge” Spectrum,
June 2005. For all the talk of a growing infatuation with automobiles,
“Closing the Circuit” Spectrum, November 2008. Engineers working in the teeming cities and lonely deserts of North Africa are creating the last links in a power grid that will ring the Mediterranean Sea. Sharing electricity over this ‘Mediterranean Ring’ could secure Europe’s power supply with clean renewable energy, accelerating North Africa’s development and knitting together two worlds that seem to be racing apart — those of Muslim North Africa and an increasingly xenophobic Europe.
Rising Sun” Technology Review,
2004. At Toyota Motor’s sprawling factory in
“Profile: Hittite Solar Energy” Spectrum, 2012. Concentrating sunlight to produce steam and power has lost its commercial shine amid a glut of cut-price solar panels. A recently recapitalized Turkish start-up plans to put solar thermal back on track. Istanbul-based Hittite Solar Energy's strategy is to overhaul the steam production process and attack a market that photovoltaics canŐt touch.
Spectrum, 2007: Nuclear reactors deliver 77% of
the Fast Lane”
TechReview.com, 2006: The
moving walkway that shuttles commuters across the sprawling Montparnasse
Metro station was nicknamed "TRGV," (trottoir roulant grande
“Germany’s Green Energy Gap” Spectrum, 2009:
The majestic offshore-class wind turbines that REpower Systems began erecting near Germany’s coast in 2004 are designed to withstand anything the famously unforgiving North Sea can dish out. Yet they have never felt the spray of salt water. Instead, Germany’s biggest set of offshore turbines tower over communal pasture—above sheep munching, bleating, and adding to the world’s supply of greenhouse gases. A dearth of real offshore wind farms is just one of several signs of a slowdown in Germany’s two-decade-old transition to renewable energy. The country’s balkanized power grid retains a Cold War-era split between east and west and is ill-adapted for renewable energy. Utilities are readying a new generation of coal-fired power plants. And its nuclear phaseout is headed for the scrap heap.
a Carbon Hole for Canada.” AlbertaViews,
2003. Melt the billions of barrels of hard tarry petroleum trapped in
"On a road to nowhere." Canadian Business, 2000. Visionaries in the Canadian government set the fuel cell revolution in motion. Twenty years later Canadian firms with world-leading technology, including fuel-cell producer Ballard Power Systems, are poised to cash in. Anemic support from Ottawa may squander that opportunity.