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
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Community groups are protesting logging in Sarawak. RAEL is working with the community groups to explore sustainable energy, land-use and community options for the region.
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.
From the Huffington Post: Last year, $28 billion was collectively spent on climate finance from six large multilateral development banks (MDBs). That’s no small feat, but 2,100 new coal plants slated for construction worldwide threaten to push us over our global 2°C carbon budget: 276 gigawatts are currently under construction and another 1,000 gigawatts are in different planning […] Read more
For coverage of the work RAEL is doing in Southeast Europe, see this new blog post by Noah Kittner (written in Thai) to build the conversation about energy transitions. Noah Kittner in Prizren Castle, Kosovo Read more
Al Jazeera America (August 24, 2015) Companies eye profits in renewable energy Read more
KTVU TV segment: Temperatures set all time records in July Read more
BERKELEY - When faced with one of the toughest decisions she’ll ever have to make in life, Vanessa Gerber burst out laughing. That’ll happen when you can’t go wrong with whatever decision you ultimately make. Gerber, who received her degree last spring in Conservation and Resource Studies and was a four-year member of Cal’s women’s crew, had […] Read more
Climate Change, Consumerism and the Pope with Daniel Kammen and Jennifer Granholm — In The Living Room with Henry E. Brady — UC Public Policy Channel Read more
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015–07/rha-nsv073115.php As Paris 2015 Conference approaches, this new essay collection points way to providing off-grid energy for world’s bottom billion Opinion pieces from experts tackling the idea of energy as a catalyst for sustainable development — health, food security, education gender equality, governance, security and employment. Smart Villages: New Thinking for off-grid communities worldwide comprises […] Read more
Media coverage of the press conference and actions by the Government of Sarawak include: The Borneo Post, August 11, 2015 - Adenan wants SEB to light up the rural areas The Malaysian Insider, July 31, 2015 - Adenan puts Baram dam on hold, agrees to listen to natives’ grouses Radio Free Sarawak, July 15, 2015 — “Sjotveit should be […] Read more
The pope and climate change (July 12, 2015) — The New York Times Re “The pope’s beautiful, misguided ideas” (June 24): David Brooks critiques the papal encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” for an insensitivity to the apparent economic benefits of fracking and natural gas. Citing business assessments and vague environmental evaluations, Mr. Brooks chides the Vatican and the encyclical […] Read more
In Bolivia, the Pope has called for energy access and an end to energy poverty. In his comments, he draws on work by RAEL to examine the social and economic benefits of energy electrification. Some coverage of the Papal visit and comments: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/02/pope-brings-church-for-poor-to-s-america-poorest-with-ecuador-bolivia-paraguay/ The Vatican meeting on energy poverty and energy access where Professor Kammen […] Read more