Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2017/​2018 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 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 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.



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



December 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Piedmont League of Women Voter’s Lunch Talk, “Climate, Trump, and the Road from Paris”

Energy expert to speak at LWV hol­i­day lun­cheon Energy expert Dr. Daniel Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy at UC-​​​​Berkeley, will be guest speaker at the League of Women Vot­ers of Pied­mont annual hol­i­day lun­cheon from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Pied­mont Com­mu­nity Hall, 711 High­land Ave.

January 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
RAEL /​ ERGAN Networking Event: Jeremy Eddy

Jeremy Eddy, 1/​​24/​​17 The ERG Alumni Net­work will be host­ing a brown­bag lunch (BYOL) fea­tur­ing alum­nus Jeremy Eddy, a Man­ag­ing Director/​​ Vice Pres­i­dent at Opin­ion Dynam­ics with more than 10 years’ in the energy effi­ciency field. Jeremy will lead a con­ver­sa­tion about some cur­rent trends in Cal­i­for­nia for mea­sur­ing sav­ings from energy effi­ciency pro­grams using normalized […]

February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Good Grids Make Good Neighbors: Peace and Sustainability in the Post Paris World

Good Grids Make Good Neigh­bors: Peace and Sus­tain­abil­ity in the Post Paris World Loca­tion: William J. Perry Con­fer­ence Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, 616 Serra St, Stan­ford, CA 94305 3:30 — 5:00 PM, Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2018   Abstract: Clean energy pro­vides a num­ber of ben­e­fits at scales from house­hold to vil­lage to city and region. An […]



Pon­tif­i­can Acad­emy of Sci­ences: Meet­ing dec­la­ra­tion. Read more

Oakland “Ecoblock” Honored as a Scientific American World Changing Idea for 2017

Spe­cial Report Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can (Decem­ber 2017), 317, 28–39 Pub­lished online: 14 Novem­ber 2017 | doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1217-28 Top 10 Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies of 2017 For more on this project, see our real​.berke​ley​.edu twit­ter feed: @dan_kammen Mari­ette DiChristina and Bernard S. Meyerson In Brief When it comes to pre­vent­ing and treat­ing dis­ease, bet­ter biopsy tech­niques, genomic vac­cines and a mas­sive global […] Read more

al Jazeera: California leads US states’ anti-​​pollution fight after Trump snubs Paris Climate Accord

  For a direct link to the arti­cle, click here. Read more

Pontifical Academy of Sciences: Declaration of Health

DECLARATION: OUR PLANET, OUR HEALTH, OUR RESPONSIBILITY This dec­la­ra­tion is based on the data and con­cepts pre­sented at the workshop:  Some forms of pol­lu­tion are part of people’s daily expe­ri­ence. Expo­sure to atmos­pheric pol­lu­tants pro­duces a broad spec­trum of health haz­ards, espe­cially for the poor, and causes mil­lions of pre­ma­ture deaths. Peo­ple take sick, for […] Read more

Politico: Jerry Brown’s holy war on Donald Trump

    For the piece in Politico, click here. VATICAN CITY — Cal­i­for­nia has opened a new front in its war on Don­ald Trump — the Vat­i­can, where Gov. Jerry Brown on Sat­ur­day sought to enlist the Catholic Church in his effort to under­mine the president’s cli­mate poli­cies abroad. Brown, address­ing a somber gath­er­ing of […] Read more

Noah Kittner co-​​authors “Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar — but it doesn’t have to”

March 22, 2017  Noah Kit­tner and Ken­suke Yamaguchi For the arti­cle link in Nikkei Asia Review, click here. Hydropower threat­ens peace in Myan­mar — but it doesn’t have to Dia­logue, trans­parency and for­eign sup­port could help rebuild local trust Myan­mar faces a crit­i­cal moment for invest­ment decision-​​making. The Barack Obama administration’s move to lift sanc­tions on the South­east […] Read more

Renewables will give more people access to electricity than coal, says IEA

Around the world, more than a bil­lion peo­ple still lack access to electricity. This num­ber is shrink­ing, down by one third since 2000, despite ris­ing pop­u­la­tion lev­els, accord­ing to an Inter­na­tional Energy Agency (IEA) spe­cial report on energy access, pub­lished today. The report says that while coal has sup­plied nearly half of the progress from […] Read more

Knowledge@Wharton: “Does Repealing the Clean Power Plan Make Economic Sense?”

For the pod­cast, click here. The deci­sion ear­lier this week by the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) to repeal the Clean Power Plan would force the U.S. to cede lead­er­ship in inno­va­tion and cli­mate change poli­cies to other coun­tries such as China, hurt job growth in the energy indus­try and fail to pre­vent a whole range […] Read more

Watch the talks from the Cal Future Forum

Cal Future Forum: Our Chang­ing World Respond­ing to the global impacts of human activity Watch videos filmed at the live event. More than ever, Cal­i­for­nia needs to play a proac­tive role in under­stand­ing our global impact and in find­ing solu­tions to ensure a vibrant future. In fact, we lead the nation —and the world — in devel­op­ing a clean-​​energy econ­omy, […] Read more

New publication on lessons from fracking in the USA and Mexico published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

To link too this pub­li­ca­tion, click here. Mexico’s recent energy reform (2013) has pro­vided the foun­da­tions for increased pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion in attempts to off­set or reverse the country’s con­tin­ued decline in fos­sil fuel pro­duc­tion. This coun­try is cur­rently on path to becom­ing a net energy importer by 2020. Con­versely, in 2015, and for the first […] Read more

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

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