Welcome To RAEL

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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 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,

Dan

RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions

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Com­mu­nity groups are protest­ing log­ging and mega-​​dam devel­op­ment in Sarawak.  RAEL is work­ing with the com­mu­nity groups to explore sus­tain­able energy, land-​​use and com­mu­nity options for the region. Read more on our Clean Energy Solu­tions for Bor­neo page.

 

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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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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

Miss­ing:

Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, Diego Ponce de Leon, Juan-​​Pablo Car­vallo, Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez

 

News

Proceedings of the National Academy publishes our critique of “WWS” model

Our paper now avail­able from the Pro­ceed­ings of the National Acad­emy of Sciences: Pre­vi­ous analy­ses have found that the most fea­si­ble route to a low-​​carbon energy future is one that adopts a diverse port­fo­lio of tech­nolo­gies. In con­trast, Jacob­son et al. (2015) con­sider whether the future pri­mary energy sources for the United States could be nar­rowed to […] Read more

Student Spotlight: Brooke Maushund

This pro­file of ERG under­grad­u­ate con­cen­tra­tor and RAEL stu­dent Brooke Maushund, appeared in the Col­lege of Nat­ural Resources newslet­ter here. Best study spot on campus? I’ve spent a lot of time on the 4th floor of CITRIS, but East Asian Library has been my stead­fast home — you can’t beat those giant glass walls. Best Cal […] Read more

KQED Forum: California Defiant as President Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

    Forum with Michael Krasny — Fri­day, June 2: Lis­ten live or down­load the podcast   “Trump is AWOL but Cal­i­for­nia is on the field, ready for bat­tle.” That’s how Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor Jerry Brown responded to Pres­i­dent Trump’s announce­ment Thurs­day that the United States will pull out of the 2015 Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment. Gov­er­nor […] Read more

RAEL Holds First Experts Workshop on the Peace Renewable Energy Credit

May 1, 2017, San Fran­cisco — The Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment, part of UC Berkeley’s Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory, con­vened on April 28, 2017, the first of two expert work­shops on the Peace Renew­able Energy Credit (PREC). A newly devel­oped financ­ing mech­a­nism, the PREC is designed to encour­age renew­able energy invest­ment […] Read more

Kosovo must do more for renewables, European Union says

April 27, 2017, PV News. Kosovo must do more for renew­ables, Euro­pean Union says Cit­ing a RAEL study, authored by Noah Kit­tner and Daniel Kam­men along with col­leagues from KOSID in Kosovo, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has said that Kosovo’s gov­ern­ment needs to increase efforts to improve its energy sys­tem, and to pro­vide more sup­port for renew­ables, although […] Read more

Despite Its Oil-​​Industry Past, Energy Transitions Commission Foresees A Full-​​Renewables Future

Despite Its Oil-​​Industry Past, Energy Tran­si­tions Com­mis­sion Fore­sees A Full-​​Renewables Future by Jeff McMa­hon, based in Chicago. Fol­low Jeff McMa­hon on Face­book, Google Plus, Twit­ter, or email him here. Renew­ables could pro­vide nearly all the power in some regions in less than 20 years, reli­ably, and at a cost com­pet­i­tive with fos­sil fuels, accord­ing to a report released today […] Read more

From Alaska to Georgia, Why 6 Scientists Will March on Washington

From Alaska to Geor­gia, Why 6 Sci­en­tists Will March on Washington By Lind­say McKen­zie APRIL 21, 2017 Thou­sands of sci­en­tists and their sup­port­ers are prepar­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the March for Sci­ence on Sat­ur­day, but the run-​​up to the event hasn’t been with­out con­tro­versy. Some sci­en­tists have charged that plan­ning for the march con­tra­dicted larger goals […] Read more

UC Berkeley, LBL, IRENA, RAEL team publish paper on renewable energy resources and utility planning in Africa

Renew­able energy has robust future in much of Africa by Robert Sanders, UC Berke­ley Media Relations As Africa gears up for a tripling of elec­tric­ity demand by 2030, a new Berke­ley study maps out a viable strat­egy for devel­op­ing wind and solar power while simul­ta­ne­ously reduc­ing the continent’s reliance on fos­sil fuels and low­er­ing power […] Read more

RAEL Undergradaute Brooke Maushund reports on the Africa Renewable Energy Forum

Brooke Maushund, who has worked on energy access in Nicaragua and in Africa, wrote the con­fer­ence report for the Energy Net Lim­ited sum­mit that pre­ceded the COP22 Cli­mate Sum­mit in Mar­rakech Novem­ber 2 — 4, 2016. Read more

New report on green jobs in Africa from UNIDO, LNBL, and RAEL

Down­load the report from UNIDO, LBNL, and RAEL here and access the larger Green Jobs research pro­gram here. Abstract: The ongo­ing debate over the cost-​​effectiveness of renew­able energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) deploy­ment often hinges on the cur­rent cost of incum­bent fossil-​​fuel tech­nolo­gies versus the long-​​term ben­e­fit of clean energy alter­na­tives. This debate is often […] Read more

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

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