Welcome To RAEL


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 student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



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.


Go to Clean Energy Solutions for Borneo

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



California scientists push to create massive climate-​​research programme

Cal­i­for­nia has a his­tory of going it alone to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. Now, as US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulls back on cli­mate sci­ence and pol­icy, sci­en­tists in the Golden State are sketch­ing plans for a home-​​grown climate-​​research insti­tute — to the tune of hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars per year. The ini­tia­tive, which is backed by […] Read more

Two-​​factor learning curve published in Nature Energy

RAEL and Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Munich team publish: “Energy stor­age deploy­ment and inno­va­tion for the clean energy tran­si­tion” in Nature Energy.   Access at Nature Energy here. _​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​ New Study Find That Energy Stor­age Prices are Falling Faster than Solar PV or Wind Tech­nol­ogy Costs, Out­com­pet­ing Coal and Nat­ural Gas Plants Berke­ley, CA, July 31, […] Read more

Scenarios to decarbonize residential water heating in California

New paper look­ing at the oppor­tu­ni­ties for dra­matic decar­boniza­tion of water heat­ing, pub­lished in Energy Pol­icy, by joint RAEL–Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory team, Shuba Ragha­van, Max Wei & Dan Kam­men. Read more

Actualizing the Vision of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Actu­al­iz­ing the Vision of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Com­mon Home  Round­table at the Pon­tif­i­cal Acad­emy of Sciences Novem­ber 2, 2016   On the Vat­i­can web­site: click here.   Laudato Si’ is a pow­er­ful text, polit­i­cal and poetic, and deeply inspir­ing.  It addresses the most crit­i­cal issues of our time in vision and sub­stance.  It […] Read more

Ecoblock featured in “The Promise of Berkeley”

  Fea­tured in June 2017 The Promise of Berkeley The EcoBlock web­site is here. And also fea­tured in Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can. Read more

International team publishes “Three years to safeguard our climate” in Nature

Key quote:   “The fossil-​​free econ­omy is already profitable.”   To access this paper at the Nature web­site, click here. To access this paper and sup­port­ing mate­ri­als from the RAEL web­site, click here.   Read more

Sustainable Design of Communities, in Scientific American

Sus­tain­able Design of Communities: Mov­ing beyond a focus on solar roofs for single-​​family homes, ambi­tious projects are attempt­ing to join blocks of build­ings into sus­tain­able units  Pub­lished in Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can and in the RAEL pub­li­ca­tions list here. June 26, 2017 Mov­ing beyond a focus on solar roofs for single-​​family homes, ambi­tious projects are attempt­ing to join blocks of build­ings into sus­tain­able units […] Read more

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

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