Scientific & Technical Writing
a science writer, I sometimes describe my job as taking 500 pages
that no one can understand and turning them into five pages that anyone
Trade press articles, white papers, and technical reports
are aimed at a specialized, well-informed audience, and typically
demand extensive research and close attention to detail. This work
is often done in close collaboration with, and even ghostwritten for,
respected industry experts. Some of my past projects are proprietary
or confidential, and are therefore not presented here.
"Solar Power to the People"
article surveys the current state of the photovoltaics industry and
examines its technological, economic, and practical prospects, particularly
as a distributed resource that could challenge the traditional central-station
power plant utility model.
Beyond the First Gigawatt"
After decades of development,
solar power is an increasingly competitive electric generation option
around the world. This article is a look at markets for both existing
and emerging solar technologies, including disruptive technology that
could help build a new business model for the industry.
the Holdup in the Solar Industry?"
This article covers the
history and status of various solar energy technologies used to generate
electricity, from the familiar photovoltaic solar cell to more exotic
solar thermal devices. It is written for a professional audience assumed
to be familiar with the general issue, if not the specific technologies.
One mission of the Electric Power Research Institute
(EPRI) is providing members of its international collaborative with
reports, white papers, and case studies concerning energy-related
research, development and demonstration. The audience for these reports
includes utility engineers, energy company decision makers, and local,
state, and federal policy makers.
My role varies with each report,
but typically involves writing, editing, and distilling research results
into a readable and informative package, occasionally with original
interviews or research. Reports I have produced include:
Distributed Renewable Energy Generation Impacts on Microgrid Operation
Assessment of Rooftop and Building-Integrated PV Systems for Distributed
Energy Resources: Current Landscape and Roadmap (with Jonas Weisel)
Case Study of a 250-kW Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Demonstration Project
Xonon Low-NOx Catalytic Combustion in Practice
Biogas-Fueled Distributed Generation: Three Manure Digester Gas Case
"Renewable Energy Technical Assessment Guide
The TAG is an energy industry standard reference that characterizes
key renewable technologies and their operation, cost, environmental
impacts, and other features. My responsibilities included updating
information, editing for style and consistency, and integrating information
from expert sources.
"Directory of Public Benefits Programs"
Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA)
A portion of every California
ratepayer's bill goes to support programs that benefit the public,
such as energy efficiency, appliance rebates, technology research,
and low-income assistance. This publication summarizes state legislative
policy and provides many case study profiles of local programs.
Stock of Component Condition"
Knowing when to replace
a worn part is a critical issue in the power industry. Plant operators
must strike a balance between the expense of performing maintenance
too often and the danger of not doing it often enough. This article
describes techniques used to determine component condition and lifetime.
and Cons of Distributed Photovoltaics"
EPRI Journal Online
summarizes the conclusions of EPRI research on rooftop and building-integrated
PV systems for distributed generation, outlining how far such distributed
applications have come, where they might go, and some of the obstacles
barring the way.
"Written Pole Technology Meets Power
Written-pole technology provides an
innovative means of improving the performance and efficiency of electric
motors and uninterruptible power supplies. ElectricNet is a Web-based
resource for news, features, products and services for electric power
"FACTS Foretells the Future of Grid
Increasing electrical demand is stretching some
power transmission and distribution systems to the breaking point.
Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) are electronic control technologies
that allow the switching of megawatts of power in fractions of a second
to respond to such demands.