Welcome to the 2018/2019 academic year: The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) is a unique new research, development, project implementation, and community outreach facility based at the University of California, Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. RAEL focuses on designing, testing, and disseminating renewable and appropriate energy systems. The laboratory’s mission is to help these technologies realize their full potential to contribute to environmentally sustainable development in both industrialized and developing nations while also addressing the cultural context and range of potential social impacts of any new technology or resource management system.Go to About
A note to prospective visitors to RAEL:
Due to the high demand for places in RAEL I regret inform to you that we no longer can accept any short-term visitors (months to a year). We now can only accept students who apply to and are accepted in a degree program on campus. If you write to RAEL making this request anyway, your email won’t be returned (because both we receive far too many such requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
To highlight the latest research findings emerging from UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab, on sustainability we present Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World, an unusual opportunity to learn directly from leading researchers who are developing solutions to the environmental challenges we face.
In May 2017 over a dozen prominent Berkeley researchers provided a synopsis of the state of the planet, a better understanding of the challenges we face, and the solutions being developed at Berkeley – and being implemented globally. This rare gathering of leading Berkeley scientists, engineers, scholars and policy experts was moderated by prominent radio host, Michael Krasny.
Please visit this page for access to all of the talks.
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RAEL is a unique collaboration of scholars, activists, policy makers, community groups and engaged leaders from industry all working to to expand our ability to do and put into practice “use-inspired basic research” in words of Donald Stokes. Please visit the RAEL project, student, publication and media pages to find information on our many activities. After a decade of the old RAEL website, this new site is just now being fully populated with our old and new content. Please visit the ‘support RAEL’ pages too, as your interest attention, and support is vitally need to extend and expand our ability to make a difference in accelerating the clean energy transition.
KPCC “Air Talk: with Larry Mantle (89.3 FM, Southern California) To listen (25 minutes, click here). Direct link: https://www.kpcc.org/show/airtalk/2022–09-07/ca-sets-new-record-for-power-use-as-brutal-heat-wave-continues-how-are-you-dealing CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Brutal Heat Wave Continues. How Are You Dealing? LISTEN • 25:58 Despite calls to conserve power, California’s energy demands were at an all-time high Tuesday. The extreme heat wave […] Read more
For the original link, August 8, 2022, click here. https://www.popsci.com/environment/chips-ira-climate-change-policy/ Bt Thor Benson, for Popular Science For the past few weeks, climate action in the US appeared to have a bleak outlook. But things are looking to change with the passage and introduction of two new groundbreaking bills. Congress passed a bill called the CHIPS and Science Act on […] Read more
For the GreenBiz article, click here. By Sam Miles & Annelise Gill-Wiehl & Daniel Kammen June 16, 2022 An unpacked “Box” in the field, providing power for water filtration and clinic electrification. Photo by Sam Miles Access to reliable, affordable and clean energy is increasingly recognized as the “golden thread” tying together and enabling many other […] Read more
Opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2022 To jump to the newspaper, click here. California can do better than carbon neutrality by 2045 […] Read more
Sammy Roth — February 26, 2022 - Los Angeles Times The sun sets behind an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea off the coast of England. (Paul Ellis / AFP/Getty Images) Direct link: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022–02-26/one-way-to-combat-russia-move-faster-on-clean-energy When a geopolitical crisis sent gasoline prices skyrocketing four decades ago, President Carter called on Americans to achieve “energy independence” from […] Read more
Dr. Daniel Kammen has had a long and illustrious career defined by his commitment to expanding clean energy worldwide. He originally became interested in clean energy as a postdoc working on wind and solar projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the mid-1980s. His research led to a faculty position at Princeton until 1999, when […] Read more
How to address energy poverty as part of a Just Transition for energy and people and the climate in Africa. Dialog at the African Energy Forum in London: Link: https://www.africa-energy-forum.com Read more
On Indigenous People’s Day, Annelise Gill-Wiehl finished the 125th Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Now that is cooking! The BostonMarathon is typically held in April, but was canceled in 2020, and postponed to the fall of 2021 due to the COVID19 Pandemic. Annelise qualified in 2019 at the Santa Rosa Marathon, just before starting […] Read more
October 14, 2021: Build Back Better on Climate Press Event RAEL director Dan Kammen had the pleasure to appear with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Eddie Ahn, Executive Director, Brightline Defense, and Rev. Sally Bingham, President Emeritus, Regeneration Project. Comments by Daniel Kammen Advisor for Innovative Energy Solutions, US Agency for International […] Read more