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.
For the publication, click here. For Cleaner, Greener Power, Expand the Definition of “Batteries” Read more
Jess Carney of RAEL, Phillipp Belchinger of the Reiner Lemoine Institute, and RAEL Alum Rebekah Shirley explore the pathway to carbon sustainability in the Caribbean with a multi-sectoral, multi-methods analysis, published in Energy Policy. For the publication, click here. Abstract: Accelerating the rate of renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States is critical to reduce dependence […] Read more
For the May 2021 original in Breakthroughs Magazine of Rausser College of Natural Resources: click here. Interview by Dan Kammen | Spring 2021Jerry Brown, BA ’61 Classics, co-chairs the California-China Climate Institute. He served as the 34th and 39th governor of California, from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019. While he was governor, California […] Read more
Ezra David Romero To listen to the interview, click here. https://www.kqed.org/science/1974253 Banning fracking by 2024, phasing out all new sales of gas-powered cars by 2035, and achieving carbon neutrality 10 years later are just a few of California’s goals making it a leader among U.S. states in tackling climate change. But a new pledge from the […] Read more
Los Angeles Times by Sammy Roth For the original, click here. If there’s one thing to understand this Earth Day about California’s role in confronting the climate crisis, it’s this: Just because the state considers itself a global leader doesn’t mean it’s doing nearly enough. Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted as much last year. As monstrous wildfires carved a […] Read more
A team of energy and climate experts have penned an open letter to accelerate the timeline for climate action in California. The letter can be read here on this real.berkeley.edu website. The letter has been authored by: Teenie Matlock, Manuel Pastor, David Pellow, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Tom Steyer, Leah Stokes, Feliz Ventura & Daniel Kammen The letter has been […] Read more
EAST BAY TIMES: MARCH 4, 2021: For the original, click here. Opinion: Daniel M Kamen If you live in Northern California, your utility bill likely will rise by 8% this month. For Pacific Gas & Electric customers, this will be the seventh year in a row of increases. The company’s rates have doubled since 2005 — and they’re […] Read more
To link to the publication on our RAEL pages, click here. On the pages of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, click here. Read more
For the original in The New Yorker (February 19, 2021), click here. By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow In 2004, Heather Hoff was working at a clothing store and living with her husband in San Luis Obispo, a small, laid-back city in the Central Coast region of California. A few years earlier, she had earned a B.S. in materials engineering […] Read more
Nicole Karlis, Salon. Link to the original article in Salon, click here. Wednesday marked the third day that many Texans found themselves without power following a rare winter storm and frigid temperatures dipping into the low 20s. While power is being restored in some areas, rotating outages are expected to start on Wednesday in Texas. The situation is dire […] Read more