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.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 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 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.
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
For the video of the talk: click here. Talk delivered February 19, 2018 Daniel Kammen is a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (which he chairs), the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Recently, he gave a […] Read more
Misplaced Praise — U.S. support of coal in Kosovo contradicts future health and prosperity by Noah Kittner and Daniel M. Kammen For the Transitions Online version, click here. The U.S. government has congratulated the Kosovo government for signing a deal with Contour Global, an American multi-national energy corporation, to build a new 500 MW coal-fired power […] Read more
A team of scientists this week reopened the debate over suburbs vs. city centers, with new research showing that carbon dioxide emissions increased as suburban areas developed to the southwest of Salt Lake City in the past decade — while comparable population growth in the center of the city did not have the same effect. It’s the latest evidence […] Read more
New Study Challenges Health Impacts of ‘Clean Coal’ Technologies Berkeley, CA, February 26, 2018 – A research team from the UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and the UC Berkeley Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory found that lignite coal used to produce electricity in the Balkan country of Kosovo contains higher levels of arsenic, chromium, […] Read more
To access the RAEL and International Centre for Climate Change and Development report: click here. The direct URL is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16UP5MvCaWfnsiO7TPUFiqKE6GyYchmcT/view?usp=sharing An Op Ed summarizing this report appeared in the Dhaka Daily Star: click here to access. Read more
Dr Saleemul Huq and Daniel Kammen For a pdf of this article, access the RAEL publications page link: or just click here. Last week, Bangladesh’s Power Development Board (PDB) and India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) announced that they will form a committee to decide whether to build a large coal plant or solar farm in India […] Read more
Jacob Straus, class of UCB 2016 with an ERG Minor, has been selected as a semifinalist for a Fulbright research grant. If awarded the grant, he will travel to India to perform a survey of rural communities targeted by energy access initiatives, including national grid connection, community solar microgrids and small-scale hydro. Jacob graduated with degrees […] Read more
Experto en energía. Durante dos décadas fue el enviado especial para la ciencia del Departamento de Estado de EE UU, pero ante la nueva Administración este catedrático presentó una sonada dimisión PABLO XIMÉNEZ DE SANDOVAL El profesor Daniel Kammen ha ejercido durante dos décadas en un puesto no remunerado llamado Enviado Especial para la Ciencia del […] Read more
Sergio Castellanos, alongside a team of researchers from UC Berkeley, in partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (INECC), and Waze, took home the grand prize at the Data for Climate Action (D4CA) challenge at an event during COP23, a United Nations climate change conference held in Bonn, Germany. The challenge, launched earlier this year by United Nation’s […] Read more
December 14, 2017 — The Guardian A flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests The European Union is moving to enact a directive to double Europe’s current renewable energy by 2030. This is admirable, but […] Read more