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.
John McQueeney was a UC Berkekey undergraduate and sustainable energy researcher. He has worked in solar PV development, energy efficiency, and on carbon and energy planning and research in Asia. John now works in medical marijuana. He will describe how his ERG-based skills have served him in this new and rapidly changing field.
Emma’s interests are at the intersection of climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and science and technology studies, with a focus on renewable energy technology adoption in under-resourced communities. She received her B.A. in Geography and B.S. in Environmental Sciences at UC Berkeley in 2011, and her undergraduate research focused on critical approaches to GIS technology […]
Since August 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State forcing over half a million of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atrocities. This mass migration has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The Chowdhury […] Read more
HYDROELECTRIC dams are not the answer to sustained power generation, said a former US State Department science envoy, calling them an attempt to “steal” from Malaysians. Daniel Kammen, in an op-ed previewing the topics to be discussed at the Clean Energy Collaboration conference in Kuching next week, said future energy requirements for Malaysia, and Sarawak […] Read more
Congratulations to Serena Patel, Energy Engineering and RAEL student, for her work on community energy in Kenya — winner of the People’s Choice Award at the recent Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative 2019 Summit! Back to Africa next summer for more research, too! and for an up-close view of her work on clean energy and mini-grid development, […] Read more
James Ellsmor, Author Article appeared in Forbes, January 28, 2019 Solar power is a quickly growing energy source in the United States, offering important financial benefits to households. However, a new study shows that many Americans lack access to solar power. The report published in Nature Sustainability by researchers from Tufts University and the University of California […] Read more
Not everyone is benefiting equally from the availability of new solar energy technologies, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Tufts University shows. To access and download the paper, click here. By combining remote sensing data from Google’s Project Sunroof with census tract information, the researchers discovered significant racial disparities in the adoption of rooftop solar photovoltaics. […] Read more
December 16, 2018: Countries Adopt ‘Playbook’ To Implement Paris Climate Agreement December 9, 2018: Former U.S. Science Envoy: The Tone Of Climate Talks Is Now ‘Quite Grim’ Text: Both interviews: December 16, 2018 — MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We’d like to go back now to that big United Nations climate conference that just wrapped up in Poland. […] Read more
For the audio of the story, click here. Former U.S. Science Envoy: The Tone Of Climate Talks Is Now ‘Quite Grim’ NPR’s Michel Martin talks with Daniel Kammen, former science envoy to the State Department, about the U.N. climate talks being held in Poland. Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we’d like to hear about that major […] Read more
For a video of the lecture: https://chowdhurycenter.berkeley.edu/clean-energy Read more
To access the article, click here. The Beautiful Rivers—And the Dammed Advances in solar and wind power mean that hydropower is no longer the only renewable game in town—and that’s good news for the world’s rivers. BY JEFF OPPERMAN, CHRIS WEBER, DANIEL KAMMEN NOVEMBER 23, 2018, 9:05 AM Foreign Policy - https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/23/the-beautiful-rivers-and-the-dammed/ Figure: Water is released from the floodgates of […] Read more
To access the Energy Sector chapter, click here. KEY FINDINGS In 2013, primary energy use in North America exceeded 125 exajoules,1 of which Canada was respon– sible for 11.9%, Mexico 6.5%, and the United States 81.6%. Of total primary energy sources, approxi– mately 81% was from fossil fuels, which contributed to carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)2 […] Read more