Welcome To RAEL


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

To prospective RAEL visitors: please read

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 to 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 student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



Com­mu­nity groups are protest­ing log­ging and mega-​​dam devel­op­ment in Sarawak.  RAEL is work­ing with the com­mu­nity groups to explore sus­tain­able energy, land-​​use and com­mu­nity options for the region. Read more on our Clean Energy Solu­tions for Bor­neo page.


Go to Clean Energy Solutions for Borneo

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.



RAEL lab mem­bers gather under the ‘Nobel Tree’ at UC Berke­ley — March, 2016

Front row: Left to right

Rebekah Shirley, Nikky Avila, Lind­say Hol­l­i­day, Noah Kit­tner, Deb­o­rah Sunter, Susanna Arrecha, David Mozersky

Back row: Left to right

Jalel Sager, Ser­gio Castel­lanos, Josiah John­ston, Chris Jones, Shuba Bha­ga­van, Jose Lara, Daniel Kam­men, Ben­jamin Maluenda


Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, Diego Ponce de Leon, Juan-​​Pablo Car­vallo, Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez



RAEL Undergradaute Brooke Maushund reports on the Africa Renewable Energy Forum

Brooke Maushund, who has worked on energy access in Nicaragua and in Africa, wrote the con­fer­ence report for the Energy Net Lim­ited sum­mit that pre­ceded the COP22 Cli­mate Sum­mit in Mar­rakech Novem­ber 2 — 4, 2016. Read more

New report on green jobs in Africa from UNIDO, LNBL, and RAEL

Down­load the report from UNIDO, LBNL, and RAEL here and access the larger Green Jobs research pro­gram here. Abstract: The ongo­ing debate over the cost-​​effectiveness of renew­able energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) deploy­ment often hinges on the cur­rent cost of incum­bent fossil-​​fuel tech­nolo­gies versus the long-​​term ben­e­fit of clean energy alter­na­tives. This debate is often […] Read more

The PACE of clean energy development featured in Science

The PACE of clean energy development The Prop­erty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) pro­gram is a national ini­tia­tive designed to pro­mote invest­ment in solar pho­to­voltaics by com­mer­cial, non­profit, and res­i­den­tial prop­erty own­ers. Its cen­tral fea­ture is to pro­vide low-​​cost, long-​​term fund­ing, which is repaid as an assess­ment on the property’s reg­u­lar tax bill, as is done […] Read more

Why the Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate

March 2, in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Why the Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans are Both Right on Climate   Daniel M. Kammen Over the past two years, two thought­ful, inno­v­a­tive, and dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent plans to address global warm­ing have been pre­sented to the Amer­i­can pub­lic by the Demo­c­ra­tic and the Repub­li­can Par­ties.  Both plans would move the nation sig­nif­i­cantly toward […] Read more

In Memory of Paul Baer: champion of climate protection and equity

Paul Baer (1962 — 2016) – Memo­riam  Paul was one of the first, and one of the most pas­sion­ate, stu­dents I met upon my move from Prince­ton to Berkeley. Paul played a cen­tral role – along with Bar­bara Haya and Nate Hult­man – in work­ing through the sci­ence, pol­icy and legal story around an idea […] Read more

Nuclear Plant ‘Doesn’t Fit’ In The Future Grid, Utility Executive Says

From Forbes Mag­a­zine, Decem­ber 7, 2016 Arti­cle link. Pacific Gas & Elec­tric Co. decided to close its Dia­blo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant because its base­load power—often cited as nuclear’s best asset—doesn’t fit into the dynamic grid Cal­i­for­nia is devel­op­ing, a PG&E exec­u­tive said today at the U.S. Energy Stor­age Sum­mit in San Francisco. Steve Mal­night, PG&E’s senior vice pres­i­dent for reg­u­la­tory […] Read more

KQED Forum (November 21, 2016): Fighting Climate Change Amid a Trump Presidency

To listen or download the podcast: Fight­ing Cli­mate Change Amid a Trump Presidency Guests: Paul Rogers, man­ag­ing edi­tor, KQED Sci­ence; envi­ron­ment writer, San Jose Mer­cury News Dan Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy, UC Berke­ley; direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory at UC Berke­ley Dr. Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty direc­tor, Stan­ford Woods Insti­tute for the Environment Read more

Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa’s Future?

Novem­ber 2, 2016 - Nature With prices for renew­ables drop­ping, many coun­tries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future At the thresh­old of the Sahara Desert near Ouarza­zate, Morocco, some 500,000 par­a­bolic mir­rors run in neat rows across a val­ley, mov­ing slowly in uni­son as the Sun sweeps over­head. This […] Read more

Can Networked Knowledge Help Communities Thrive on a Turbulent Planet?

Arti­cle by Andy Revkin: Arti­cle URL:  Sci­ence has long been focused mainly on knowl­edge fron­tiers, with uni­ver­si­ties often seem­ing to track “impact fac­tors” of pub­lished papers more than a researcher’s impact in the real word. But there’s been a wel­come effort, of late, par­tic­u­larly in fields rel­e­vant to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, to shift pri­or­i­ties toward help­ing com­mu­ni­ties […] Read more

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty

RAEL joins col­leagues from the Over­seas Devel­op­ment Insti­tute, CAFOD, Chris­t­ian Aid, Oxfam, Prac­ti­cal Action, Tierra Digna, The Coun­cil for Energy, Envi­ron­ment & Water, IESR, and the Insti­tute for Devel­op­ment Studies. An  Op Ed on the report appeared in the blog, The Hill, and can be accessed here. The full report is avail­able here.     Read more

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

Main Menu

Energy & Resources Group
310 Barrows Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3050
Phone: (510) 642-1640
Fax: (510) 642-1085
Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu


  • Open the Main Menu
  • People at RAEL

  • Open the Main Menu