Welcome To RAEL


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.

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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 requestsand because you have not read/​found this announce­ment on the RAEL home page).

With our regrets,


RAEL Part of the UC Berkeley Cal Future Forum on Sustainability

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 …

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.










March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
3-​​20-​​2018: RAEL lunch talk, John McQueeney, “ERG to Cannabis”

John McQueeney was a UC Berkekey under­grad­u­ate and sus­tain­able energy researcher. He has worked in solar PV devel­op­ment, energy effi­ciency, and on car­bon and energy plan­ning and research in Asia.  John now works in med­ical mar­i­juana.  He will describe how his ERG-​​​​based skills have served him in this new and rapidly chang­ing field.

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
April 17: RAEL Lunch, Emma Tome “Energy and environmental justice”

Emma’s inter­ests are at the inter­sec­tion of cli­mate change adap­ta­tion, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, and sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy stud­ies, with a focus on renew­able energy tech­nol­ogy adop­tion in under-​​​​resourced com­mu­ni­ties. She received her B.A. in Geog­ra­phy and B.S. in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences at UC Berke­ley in 2011, and her under­grad­u­ate research focused on crit­i­cal approaches to GIS technology […]


RAEL PhD student Samira Siddique part of new Working Group on the Rohingya Crisis

Since August 2017, Burmese secu­rity forces have been car­ry­ing out a cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing against Rohingya Mus­lims in Rakhine State forc­ing over half a mil­lion of them to flee to neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atroc­i­ties. This mass migra­tion has resulted in one of the worst human­i­tar­ian crises of our time.  The Chowd­hury […] Read more

Dam projects steal from Malaysians, says former US science envoy Daniel Kammen

HYDROELECTRIC dams are not the answer to sus­tained power gen­er­a­tion, said a for­mer US State Depart­ment sci­ence envoy, call­ing them an attempt to “steal” from Malaysians. Daniel Kam­men, in an op-​​ed pre­view­ing the top­ics to be dis­cussed at the Clean Energy Col­lab­o­ra­tion con­fer­ence in Kuch­ing next week, said future energy require­ments for Malaysia, and Sarawak […] Read more

Congratulations to Serena Patel for her work on community energy in Kenya — winner of the BERC People’s Choice Award

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ser­ena Patel, Energy Engi­neer­ing and RAEL stu­dent, for her work on com­mu­nity energy in Kenya — win­ner of the People’s Choice Award at the recent Berke­ley Energy Resources Col­lab­o­ra­tive 2019 Sum­mit! Back to Africa next sum­mer for more research, too! and for an up-​​close view of her work on clean energy and mini-​​grid devel­op­ment, […] Read more

The color of energy: The Green New Deal Must Benefit Black And Hispanic Americans

James Ellsmor, Author Arti­cle appeared in Forbes, Jan­u­ary 28, 2019 Solar power is a quickly grow­ing energy source in the United States, offer­ing impor­tant finan­cial ben­e­fits to house­holds. How­ever, a new study shows that many Amer­i­cans lack access to solar power. The report pub­lished in Nature Sus­tain­abil­ity by researchers from Tufts Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia […] Read more

New article on the racial disparities in installed rooftop solar in the US .

Not every­one is ben­e­fit­ing equally from the avail­abil­ity of new solar energy tech­nolo­gies, a new study by researchers at UC Berke­ley and Tufts Uni­ver­sity shows. To access and down­load the paper, click here. By com­bin­ing remote sens­ing data from Google’s Project Sun­roof with cen­sus tract infor­ma­tion, the researchers dis­cov­ered sig­nif­i­cant racial dis­par­i­ties in the adop­tion of rooftop solar photovoltaics. […] Read more

Commentary on National Public Radio about the COP24 Climate Convention

Decem­ber 16, 2018: Coun­tries Adopt ‘Play­book’ To Imple­ment Paris Cli­mate Agreement Decem­ber 9, 2018: For­mer U.S. Sci­ence Envoy: The Tone Of Cli­mate Talks Is Now ‘Quite Grim’ Text: Both interviews:   Decem­ber 16, 2018 — MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We’d like to go back now to that big United Nations cli­mate con­fer­ence that just wrapped up in Poland. […] Read more

National Public Radio: Former U.S. Science Envoy: The Tone Of Climate Talks Is Now ‘Quite Grim’

For the audio of the story, click here. For­mer U.S. Sci­ence Envoy: The Tone Of Cli­mate Talks Is Now ‘Quite Grim’ NPR’s Michel Mar­tin talks with Daniel Kam­men, for­mer sci­ence envoy to the State Depart­ment, about the U.N. cli­mate talks being held in Poland. Tran­script MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we’d like to hear about that major […] Read more

The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh (November 1, 2018)

For a video of the lec­ture: https://chowdhurycenter.berke​ley​.edu/​c​l​e​a​n​-​e​n​e​rgy Read more

Foreign Policy editorial: The Beautiful Rivers — And the Dammed

To access the arti­cle, click here. The Beau­ti­ful Rivers—And the Dammed Advances in solar and wind power mean that hydropower is no longer the only renew­able game in town—and that’s good news for the world’s rivers. BY JEFF OPPERMAN, CHRIS WEBER, DANIEL KAMMEN NOVEMBER 23, 2018, 9:05 AM For­eign Pol­icy - https://​for​eign​pol​icy​.com/​2​0​1​8​/​1​1​/​2​3​/​t​h​e​-​b​e​a​u​t​i​f​u​l​-​r​i​v​e​r​s​-​a​n​d​-​t​h​e​-​d​a​m​m​ed/ Fig­ure: Water is released from the flood­gates of […] Read more

RAEL contributes to Chapter 3: Energy systems. In State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report for the United States

To access the Energy Sec­tor chap­ter, click here. KEY FINDINGS In 2013, pri­mary energy use in North Amer­ica exceeded 125 exajoules,1 of which Canada was respon– sible for 11.9%, Mex­ico 6.5%, and the United States 81.6%. Of total pri­mary energy sources, approxi– mately 81% was from fos­sil fuels, which con­tributed to car­bon diox­ide equiv­a­lent (CO2e)2 […] Read more

RAEL is working with on low-​​carbon transition scenarios for both the US and Chinese power sectors

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