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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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



Full video of presentation, “Innovating for the clean energy economy” @ MIT Energy Initiative

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

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

Chris Jones quoted in, “Scientists just showed what building a new suburb does to the atmosphere”

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

Press release: Trace Metal Content of Coal Exacerbates Air-​​Pollution-​​Related Health Risks: The Case of Lignite Coal in Kosovo

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

RAEL and ICCCAD Launch Study of Renewable Energy Resources in Bangladesh

To access the RAEL and Inter­na­tional Cen­tre for Cli­mate Change and Devel­op­ment report: click here. The direct URL is: https://​drive​.google​.com/​f​i​le/d/​16UP5MvCaWfnsiO7TPUFiqKE6GyYchmcT/view?usp=sharing An Op Ed sum­ma­riz­ing this report appeared in the Dhaka Daily Star: click here to access.       Read more

The superior choice: Bangladesh and India should build solar farms, not coal plants, on both sides of the border

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

Congratulations and best of luck to Jacob Straus — energy access Fulbright Semi-​​Finalist

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

Trump ha cruzado ampliamente la línea del ‘impeachment”

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

UCBerkeley-​​Tech de Monterrey Team Win Global Sustainability Competition

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

In The Guardian: EU must not burn the world’s forests for ‘renewable’ energy

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

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

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