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.

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A New RAEL Website

We hope you enjoy our new web­site! We are in the process of fill­ing in and trans­fer­ring con­tent from the old site. If you don’t see what you’re look­ing for please visit the old web­site while we get things sorted. Thank you.
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RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



Blockade at the Baram dam

Block­ade at the Baram dam


Com­mu­nity groups are protest­ing log­ging in Sarawak.  RAEL is work­ing with the com­mu­nity groups to explore sus­tain­able energy, land-​​use and com­mu­nity options for the region.


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.Kammen-Ny Alesund - Norway.jpg


New Smart Villages offgrid solutions for helping world’s bottom billion

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015–07/rha-nsv073115.php As Paris 2015 Con­fer­ence approaches, this new essay col­lec­tion points way to pro­vid­ing off-​​grid energy for world’s bot­tom billion Opin­ion pieces from experts tack­ling the idea of energy as a cat­a­lyst for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment — health, food secu­rity, edu­ca­tion gen­der equal­ity, gov­er­nance, secu­rity and employment. Smart Vil­lages: New Think­ing for off-​​grid com­mu­ni­ties world­wide com­prises […] Read more

RAEL Holds Press Conference in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Media cov­er­age  of the press con­fer­ence and actions by the Gov­ern­ment of Sarawak include: The Malaysian Insider, July 31, 2015 - Ade­nan puts Baram dam on hold, agrees to lis­ten to natives’ grouses Radio Free Sarawak, July 15, 2015 — “Sjotveit should be out”, say Sarawakians The Malaysian Insider, July 14, 2015 - Stop Baleh dam ten­der until envi­ron­men­tal […] Read more

Response to David Brooks’ critique of the Pope in the New York Times

The pope and cli­mate change (July 12, 2015) — The New York Times Re “The pope’s beau­ti­ful, mis­guided ideas” (June 24): David Brooks cri­tiques the papal encycli­cal, “Laudato Si’,” for an insen­si­tiv­ity to the appar­ent eco­nomic ben­e­fits of frack­ing and nat­ural gas. Cit­ing busi­ness assess­ments and vague envi­ron­men­tal eval­u­a­tions, Mr. Brooks chides the Vat­i­can and the encycli­cal […] Read more

The Pope uses RAEL research on energy access in visit to Bolivia

In Bolivia, the Pope has called for energy access and an end to energy poverty.  In his com­ments, he draws on work by RAEL to exam­ine the social and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of energy electrification. Some cov­er­age of the Papal visit and comments: http://​www​.foxnews​.com/​w​o​r​l​d​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​7​/​0​2​/​p​o​p​e​-​b​r​i​n​g​s​-​c​h​u​r​c​h​-​f​o​r​-​p​o​o​r​-​t​o​-​s​-​a​m​e​r​i​c​a​-​p​o​o​r​e​s​t​-​w​i​t​h​-​e​c​u​a​d​o​r​-​b​o​l​i​v​i​a​-​p​a​r​a​g​u​ay/ The Vat­i­can meet­ing on energy poverty and energy access where Pro­fes­sor Kam­men […] Read more

National Geographic — Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds

The National Geo­graphic, July 1, 2015 —  Amazon’s Wildlife Threat­ened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds   By Wendy Koch, National Geo­graphic  - PUBLISHED JULY 01, 2015 As coun­tries build more hydropower projects, new research warns that mas­sive dams pose an extinc­tion threat to mam­mals, birds and tortoises—at least in the Amazon. Brazil’s Bal­bina Dam has turned what was once undis­turbed for­est […] Read more

Kammen and other Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Offer to the Vatican

ECPA Senior Fel­low Con­tributes to Pope Francis’s Encyclical June 19, 2015—Thursday, June 18, Pope Fran­cis released his long-​​awaited encycli­cal on the envi­ron­ment, a ground­break­ing let­ter declar­ing cli­mate change one of humanity’s great­est chal­lenges. Dr. Dan Kam­men, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize win­ner who also serves as a Senior Fel­low to the Energy and Cli­mate Part­ner­ship […] Read more

Climate report ‘introduces sobriety’ into Paris COP Talks

    http://​news​.sci​encemag​.org/​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​6​/​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​-​r​e​p​o​r​t​-​i​n​t​r​o​d​u​c​e​s​-​s​o​b​r​i​e​t​y​-​p​a​r​i​s​-​t​a​lks Recent pledges by indi­vid­ual nations to cut green­house gases would buy the world only a lit­tle time—roughly 8 months—before it con­tin­ues on its cur­rent course of global warm­ing, the Inter­na­tional Energy Agency (IEA) said today in a new report. Even with the new pledges—made by about a dozen coun­tries in the run-​​up […] Read more

What happens when a state invests seriously in clean energy?

Piece from the Huff­in­g­ton Post and Yale360: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/​2​0​1​5​/​0​6​/​1​5​/​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​c​l​e​a​n​-​e​n​e​r​g​y​_​n​_​7​5​7​8​8​1​0​.​h​tml   This story was first pub­lished by Yale Envi­ron­ment 360. Solar farms are bloom­ing across California’s deserts, wind tur­bines are climb­ing the Sierra, pho­to­voltaic roofs are shim­mer­ing over sub­urbs, and Tes­las are the Sil­i­con Val­ley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is trans­form­ing the Golden State so […] Read more

The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins publishes “The Energy to Change the World”

The Cen­ter for Tal­ented Youth at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity has a great issue of their mag­a­zine Imag­ine, about energy issues, energy access, and energy projects by stu­dents from around the world.  The short piece I wrote for them, “Energy to change the world” is avail­able there, and on the RAEL pub­li­ca­tions page.  You can access […] Read more

UC Berkeley students provide solar energy to Ugandans

Berke­ley Stu­dent Blog (Clog) What are you doing this sum­mer? Tak­ing a class online? Intern­ing from 9 to 5? Trav­el­ing a lit­tle? This sum­mer, the California-​​Renewable and Adap­tive Energy, or CAL-​​RAE, team will be help­ing with the con­struc­tion of a solar micro­grid sys­tem in Uganda. UC Berke­ley stu­dents Jalel Sager, Jonathan Lee and Austin Cap­pon will install […] Read more

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

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