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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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 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,


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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.










Driving research opportunities at RAEL

April 4: for the orig­i­nal arti­cle, click here. Cal­i­for­nia pol­i­cy­mak­ers made head­lines in 2021  when they announced new emis­sions reg­u­la­tions that will ban the sale of new gas-​​powered vehi­cles by 2035. As the state inches closer to that date, researchers in UC Berkeley’s Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) are study­ing how an all-​​electric fleet will […] Read more

Starting 2023 with new work on an integrated approach to river sustainability!

Click here for the new pub­li­ca­tion in Fron­tiers of Envi­ron­men­tal Science.   Cita­tion: Opper­man JJ, Car­vallo JP, Kel­man R, Schmitt RJP, Almeida R, Chapin E, Flecker A, Goi­chot M, Grill G, Harou JJ, Hart­mann J, Hig­gins J, Kam­men DM, Mar­tin E, Mar­tins T, New­sock A, Rogéliz C, Raep­ple J, Sada R, Thieme ML and Har­ri­son D […] Read more

A call to expand the Investment Tax Credit to support clean energy investments in Africa

For the arti­cle by Dan Kam­men & David Williams in PVMagazine, click here. Read more

COP27: Green hope growing in the desert

To read the orig­i­nal in the Novem­ber 5, 2022 Jor­dan Times, click here. COP27: Green hope grow­ing in the desert by Fred­eric Hauge and Dan Kammen World lead­ers gather anew in Egypt for COP27 to address the exis­ten­tial threat of the cli­mate cri­sis; while solu­tions exist, the world needs to see action and imple­men­ta­tion. To achieve this, […] Read more

Elon Musk says ‘population collapse’ is a bigger threat than climate change. Is he right?

Elon Musk says ‘pop­u­la­tion col­lapse’ is a big­ger threat than cli­mate change. Is he right? Kyle Bagen­stose, USA TODAY Mon, Octo­ber 3, 2022 At the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val this sum­mer, many atten­dees rev­eled at the “Top Gun” reboot, a throw­back to the past. But on the side­lines a smaller crowd wit­nessed some­thing more solemn: the pos­si­bil­ity of a dark and […] Read more

KPCC (NPR, Southern California): “CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Brutal Heat Wave Continues”

KPCC “Air Talk: with Larry Man­tle (89.3 FM, South­ern California) To lis­ten (25 min­utes, click here). Direct link: https://www.kpcc.org/show/airtalk/2022–09-07/ca-sets-new-record-for-power-use-as-brutal-heat-wave-continues-how-are-you-dealing CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Bru­tal Heat Wave Con­tin­ues. How Are You Dealing? LISTEN • 25:58 Despite calls to con­serve power, California’s energy demands were at an all-​​time high Tues­day. The extreme heat wave […] Read more

August 5, 2022 — BBC Interview — China cuts off climate dialog with the US (Part 1).

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The Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS could kick US climate policy back into action

For the orig­i­nal link, August 8, 2022, click here. https://​www​.pop​sci​.com/​e​n​v​i​r​o​n​m​e​n​t​/​c​h​i​p​s​-​i​r​a​-​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​-​c​h​a​n​g​e​-​p​o​l​i​cy/ Bt Thor Ben­son, for Pop­u­lar Science For the past few weeks, cli­mate action in the US appeared to have a bleak out­look. But things are look­ing to change with the pas­sage and intro­duc­tion of two new ground­break­ing bills. Con­gress passed a bill called the CHIPS and Sci­ence Act on […] Read more

How data-​​driven research partnerships deepen energy access across supply chains

For the Green­Biz arti­cle, click here. By Sam Miles & Annelise Gill-​​Wiehl & Daniel Kam­men June 16, 2022 An unpacked “Box” in the field, pro­vid­ing power for water fil­tra­tion and clinic elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. Photo by Sam Miles     Access to reli­able, afford­able and clean energy is increas­ingly rec­og­nized as the “golden thread” tying together and enabling many other […] Read more

California can do better than carbon neutrality by 2045

Opin­ion piece in the Los Ange­les Times, May 17, 2022 To jump to the news­pa­per, click here.         Cal­i­for­nia can do bet­ter than car­bon neu­tral­ity by 2045                                                           […] Read more

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

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University of California
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Phone: (510) 642-1640
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Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu


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