I’m an independent reporter based in Boston covering energy and technology for XconomyMIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, Greentech Media, the Guardian, GreenBiz, the Boston Globe, and Scientific American. I previously worked at tech news site CNET, where I was the lead reporter and manager of the Green Tech blog. During the dotcom boom and bust, I was the executive editor of enterprise tech publication InfoWorld (bio). You can view articles by topic from the menu above or see a selection of recent stories below.

The Future of Cleantech Is Here–It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

A series of stories in Xconomy on clean technology investing and entrepreneurship. The great clean tech bubble burst long ago, but investors are entrepreneurs are still trying to innovate in energy and environment, using different strategies.

Grove Labs workshop

Why Cleantech Investing Has Morphed Into Energy and Sustainability

How States Can Build a Cleantech Funding Pipeline

Is Clean Energy the Sleeper Tech Industry in Boston?

A Town Where the Robots Roam Free

Another series of stories in Xconomy on robotics, including a scoop on an industry coalition seeks to build a world-class robotics cluster that includes a whole town devoted to testing self-driving cars.

Baxter Meets VR2

Workhorse Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Robots

Robots That are Ready to Work, in Pictures

A Generator That Runs on Exhaust Fumes

Two companies–GMZ Energy and Alphabet Energy–say they’ve finally make thermolectric technology commercial. (IEEE Spectrum, Xconomy)

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Grove Makes Net-Connected Indoor Garden Box

Startup Grove Labs wants to bring the farm to you, using technology to make indoor gardening more productive. (Xconomy)

Why This Tesla Founder Loves Garbage Trucks

The man who designed the X1 electric race car now thinks that making electric trucks is the way to disrupt the auto industry. Xconomy

The Utility Death Spiral By the Numbers

Just a small penetration of distributed solar affects utilities’ revenues but has minimal impact on electricity rates. IEEE Spectrum

How to Fund at Atomic Startup

Why long-term funding matters to all young companies trying to solve tough technical problems in energy, tech, and biotech. Xconomy

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What Tesla’s Gigafactory Means to Battery Startups

The EV industry is crying out for radically better technologies, but it takes years to commercialize innovations and produce them at scale. Xconomy

The Next Must-Have Gadget: A Telepresence Robot

Advances in consumer electronics has brought the price down for pedestal-shaped robots on wheels. Xconomy

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A Big Bet on How to Store Grid Energy Cheaply

ICAES Sept2013There’s a technology race going on to develop a cheap, reliable, and safe energy storage system for the grid that can store multiple hours of energy to back up wind and solar and even replace power plants. Many companies are pushing novel batteries. But there’s a whole other group engineers working with basic materials–air, steel, water, gravel–hoping they can get there first with mechanical systems. 

Smithsonian magazine online

Electric Grid, You Have Software Updates Available

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Researchers are developing software that will let renewable energy flow into and out of a decentralized power grid like data on the Internet 

Scientific American

 

Nuclear Startups Reimagine Atomic Energy11nuclear08[1]

 

Young entrepreneurs are taking on the daunting task of improving nuclear power over worries about climate change. The Boston Globe