Welcome To RAEL


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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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,


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.










Donald Trump and California: A battle of wildfires and wills

How fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent views about cli­mate change and a green econ­omy could influ­ence vot­ers in the 2020 election. by Bob Abeshouse, Al Jazeera.  For the orig­i­nal click here. At the UN Cli­mate Action Sum­mit in New York last Sep­tem­ber, Gov­er­nor New­som pointed out that: “Cal­i­for­nia is sig­nif­i­cantly out­per­form­ing the United States of Amer­ica in GDP growth […] Read more

A Totally Green Electric Grid Will Dramatically Speed Up Climate Action

July 28, Bloomberg News: Read more at: https://​www​.bloombergquint​.com/​b​u​s​i​n​e​s​s​/​w​h​a​t​-​t​h​e​-​w​o​r​l​d​-​g​e​t​s​-​i​f​-​u​-​s​-​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​i​t​y​-​b​e​c​o​m​e​s​-​1​0​0​-​g​r​een Today, 40% of America’s elec­tric­ity comes from carbon-​​free sources. The Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has made get­ting that to 100% by 2035 a cen­ter­piece of his $2 tril­lion plan to address cli­mate change and cre­ate jobs. Get­ting there would take an enor­mous expan­sion of solar and wind capac­ity […] Read more

June 7, 2020 — The Daily Nation (Kenya) “Covid-​​19 locks Kenya’s future in green energy”

For the orig­i­nal June 7, 2020, piece in The Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), click here. By Daniel Kam­men & Khadija Famau & Joseph Odongo On May 28 the World Bank, Inter­na­tional Energy Agency, World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, and the Inter­na­tional Agency for Renew­able Energy all issued a joint statement.That does not hap­pen very often, and their announce­ment is big […] Read more

June 1, 2020 — Energy and Resources Group Statement on Social Justice and Solidarity with Peaceful Protesters

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How renewable energy could emerge on top after the pandemic

For the orig­i­nal post­ing in Grist and Yale Environment360, click here. Before the COVID-​​19 pan­demic hit, renew­able energy was grow­ing steadily — but still not fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s car­bon reduc­tion goals, let alone to make the fur­ther strides needed to keep cli­mate change from spi­ral­ing out of control. Now, the virus-​​induced eco­nomic shock […] Read more

May 17, 2020 — Release of Open Access book with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, “Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility”

Just released open access book: Health of Peo­ple, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility For the full book pdf or each chapter: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978–3-030–31125-4   Dan Kam­men: Chap­ter 26: Defeat­ing Energy Poverty: Invest­ing in Scal­able Solu­tions for the Poor Read more

Yale Environment360: How Renewable Energy Could Emerge on Top After the Pandemic

  The short-​​term prospects for wind and solar power look rocky amid the eco­nomic upheaval of the coro­n­avirus. But long term, renew­ables could emerge stronger than ever, espe­cially if gov­ern­ments inte­grate sup­port for clean energy into COVID-​​19 economic-​​recovery programs. BY BETH GARDINER • MAY 12, 2020 Before the COVID-​​19 pan­demic hit, renew­able energy was grow­ing steadily — but […] Read more

Berkeley Conversations: Climate Change and Covid-​​19, can the crisis shift the paradigm?

April 27, 2020.  To watch the webi­nar, click here. A panel of UC Berke­ley experts dis­cussed Mon­day what effect COVID-​​19 is hav­ing on the envi­ron­ment. (UC Berke­ley video) Ever so slowly, com­mu­ni­ties around the globe are cau­tiously eas­ing shelter-​​in-​​place orders, and peo­ple are head­ing back to work — bring­ing with them dam­ag­ing behav­iors that hurt the envi­ron­ment […] Read more

Renewable power surges as pandemic scrambles global energy outlook, new report finds

Sci­ence Mag­a­zine cov­ers the Green Stim­u­lus. Click here for the orig­i­nal. The pandemic-​​induced global eco­nomic melt­down has trig­gered a drop in energy demand and related car­bon emis­sions that could trans­form how the world gets its energy—even after the dis­ease wanes, accord­ing to a report released today by the Inter­na­tional Energy Agency (IEA). The pre­cip­i­tous drop […] Read more

The Guardian Op Ed: Climate crisis will deepen the pandemic. A green stimulus plan can tackle both

April 20, 2020 For the orig­i­nal in The Guardian, as part of Earth Day cov­er­age, click here. The Covid-​​19 epi­demic is rav­aging our tat­tered health­care sys­tem and shred­ding our econ­omy. In the past month, over 22 mil­lionAmer­i­cans filed for unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, com­pound­ing the fear that unem­ploy­ment could breach 32% absent mas­sive pub­lic action. This is an unmit­i­gated human […] Read more

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

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