Welcome To RAEL

RAEL-Fall2018

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,

Dan

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.

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Events

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November 14 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
RAEL Lunch — November 14, Sara Mulhauser, “Do utility ownership structures impact energy storage diffusion rates?”

Sara is an archi­tect who delved into dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion while devel­op­ing fuel cell projects for Bloom Energy. She became inter­ested in the energy indus­try in gen­eral, and specif­i­cally the reg­u­la­tory and finance con­di­tions that make mar­kets more open to uptake of inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies. While her focus is in energy, she is also inter­ested in how […]

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November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Communicating Scientific Research with Dan Kammen

Open to all Berke­ley Stu­dents Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Sci­en­tific Research with Dan Kam­men Nov. 14 | 3-​​​​4pm | Blum Hall B100 The Blum Cen­ter and the InFEWS pro­gram are host­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Prof. Daniel Kam­men. How can you syn­the­size and trans­late your research for lay audi­ences? How can you begin to think about applied sci­ence for global chal­lenges while still in grad­u­ate school? […]

News

Journal editors share their views on the future of open-​​access publishing

As Open Access Week kicks off, Physics World talks to edi­to­r­ial board mem­bers of IOP Publishing’s open-​​access jour­nals about their views on the future direc­tion of open-​​access publishing.   To read the com­ments, click here. Read more

Trump Administration wants more coal at west coast ports

KCBS Radio inter­view: click here. Octo­ber 16, 2018. . Read more

Knowledge@Wharton — the IPCC 1.5 degree Report

To lis­ten to the pod­cast RAEL did on the IPCC 1.5 degree Report, click here.   “The UN’s lat­est cli­mate change report should spur coun­tries and busi­nesses to take quick and effec­tive steps to com­bat global warm­ing, says Pro­fes­sor Dan Kam­men of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.  To hear the whole pod­cast, click below. Right ref­er­ence: […] Read more

KQED Newsroom with Thuy Vu — Climate Change Solutions.

On KQED News­room, Octo­ber 12 — 14, 2018 Cli­mate Change Goals This week, a new United Nations report sounded the alarm over world­wide cli­mate again, warn­ing that the most severe effects of cli­mate change — increased flood­ing, drought, wild­fires and heat waves — could start being felt as early as 2040. To avoid these crises, global car­bon […] Read more

Students can lead the (Just) Transition on Climate -

From The Daily Cal­i­forn­ian, Tues­day, Octo­ber 8.  Click here to go direct to that link, or here for the Berke­ley­Blog ver­sion. Vot­ing for a Just Transition   Daniel M Kammen Each fall at UC Berke­ley I teach ‘Energy and Soci­ety’, a very unusual course that cov­ers the sci­ence, pol­i­tics, and pol­icy angles needed to under­stand – […] Read more

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

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