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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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 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.










September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
RAEL Lunch, September 19, 2018: Ashwin Gambhir

Ash­win Gamb­hir is a Fel­low with the Prayas (Energy Group), a not for profit energy pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory research and advo­cacy group based in India. He leads the work on renew­able energy and is deeply engaged with the policy-​​​​regulatory processes in the coun­try. He has a Mas­ters from Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts, Amherst where he focused […]


KQED Newsroom with Thuy Vu: the Climate Action Summit (TV)

To watch the show,  click here. Cli­mate Action Summit Sep 14 San Fran­cisco Hosts Global Cli­mate Sum­mit Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requir­ing California’s energy sources to be com­pletely clean and renew­able by 2045, thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in San Fran­cisco for the Global Cli­mate Action Sum­mit. The three-​​day event, fea­tur­ing […] Read more

Climate Action Summit: dialog with former Secretary of State John Kerry on carbon pricing

  At the Global Cli­mate Action Sum­mit one of the inter­est­ing events was a multi-​​university sum­mit on car­bon pric­ing.  Yale Uni­ver­sity, Smith Col­lege, Swarth­more Col­lege, and both myself and Prof. Ann Carl­son from UCLA par­tic­i­pated in a dis­cus­sion about the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties to price exter­nal­i­ties in uni­ver­sity actions.     Cap­tion: Prof. Ann Carl­son […] Read more

New publication in the battle to move to clean energy, “Clean or dirty energy for Kosovo”

To access the paper, which just appeared in The Beam, click here. Read more

KQED Forum with Michael Krasny: California Lawmakers Pass Bill Phasing Out Fossil Fuels by 2045

To lis­ten to the show or down­load the pod­cast: click here. Cal­i­for­nia law­mak­ers passed a bill that would require 100 per­cent of the state’s energy to come from carbon-​​free sources. The pro­posal would set a goal of phas­ing out all fos­sil fuels by 2045 but does not include a man­date or penalty. Sup­port­ers say the […] Read more

Op Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle

Green energy is gold for Cal­i­for­nia and the US  Daniel M Kammen For the arti­cle pdf, click here. I am a physi­cist, and an energy and sus­tain­abil­ity sci­ence researcher, and I live in Cal­i­for­nia because of its pen­chant for not just set­ting but actu­ally achiev­ing big goals and adopt­ing bold visions oth­ers may con­sider too ambi­tious. […] Read more

RAEL students, past, present, and future at NREL this summer!

It is great to see a gath­er­ing at NREL of past, present, and future ERG and RAEL students! L to R: Jes­sica Katz (enter­ing ERG stu­dent), Jaque­lin Cochran, and cur­rent stu­dents Emma Tome and Jose Daniel Lara — all at NREL for the sum­mer (and some beyond!) Read more

General Electric reconsiders investment in Lamu coal plant

  From The Star (Kenya), July 19, 2018. The future of the pro­posed Lamu coal plant was cast into doubt on Wednes­day when 56 insti­tu­tional and indi­vid­ual investors with $713 bil­lion (Sh71.3 tril­lion) in assets under man­age­ment asked Gen­eral Elec­tric to pull out. In May, GE, for­merly Gen­eral Elec­tric, agreed to buy a Sh40 bil­lion stake in Amu Power and […] Read more

Strathmore-​​UC Berkeley Energy Access Workshop … and some wildlife safari time.

The Strath­more Energy Research Cen­ter (SERC) and the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley held a joint work­shop on energy research, gov­er­nance, and the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in build­ing an inclu­sive clean energy econ­omy.  This joint activ­ity was sup­ported by both Strath­more Uni­ver­sity and a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Cyber-​​Physical Sys­tems Pro­gram grant to Pro­fes­sors Call­away […] Read more

How to keep the lights on without burning the planet

By Peter Fair­ley TO STAND any chance of halt­ing run­away cli­mate change, we need to squelch car­bon emis­sions down to near zero by mid-​​century. That means get­ting off filthy fos­sil fuels – and fast. Few sci­en­tists would dis­agree with that, but there is pre­cious lit­tle con­sen­sus on how to do it. Nuclear fis­sion power is […] Read more

From physics to environmental science: a natural evolution?

  Physics and envi­ron­men­tal research are more com­pat­i­ble than you might first think. Kate Rav­il­ious talks to three lead­ing physicists-​​turned-​​environmental researchers, to find out about their jour­ney.  For the orig­i­nal arti­cle, click here. How many peo­ple study physics and then go on to forge a career in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences? Per­haps not a huge num­ber, but those who […] Read more

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

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University of California
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Phone: (510) 642-1640
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