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

 

Events

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May 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Beyond Greening the Blue Helmets: Renewable Energy Transitions for Peacebuilding in Conflict Settings

Beyond Green­ing the Blue Hel­mets:
Renew­able Energy Tran­si­tions for Peace­build­ing in Con­flict Set­tings
Wednes­day, 31 May, 13:30 — 15:30pm, Room S-​​2723, UNHQ, New York
Malakal IDP Camp, South Sudan
There is a strik­ing over­lap among the regions at great­est risk of con­flict, those most vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change, and high lev­els of energy poverty – pri­mar­ily in Africa, the Mid­dle East and South­ern Asia. Renew­able energy rep­re­sents an under-​​utilized entry point. Yet conflict-​​affected set­tings are char­ac­ter­ized by unique chal­lenges, and the renew­able energy rev­o­lu­tion that is trans­form­ing much of the world risks bypass­ing the conflict-​​prone states that stand the most to gain. The poten­tial for renew­able energy to deliver mul­ti­ple eco­nomic, social, envi­ron­men­tal and peace ben­e­fits in con­flict set­tings remains largely untapped.
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You are invited to join a pre­sen­ta­tion on the poten­tial for renew­able energy in con­flict and cri­sis set­tings, by the lead­er­ship team from the Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment, a pro­gram of the Renew­able Energy and Appro­pri­ate Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.
The Pro­gram aims to pro­mote the use of renew­able energy as a tool for peace build­ing and con­flict res­o­lu­tion and has devel­oped dif­fer­ent mod­els through which to deliver “energy-​​peace ben­e­fits” includ­ing:
 A human­i­tar­ian sector-​​wide tran­si­tion from diesel to solar power in South Sudan, which could deliver human­i­tar­ian cost sav­ings while build­ing long-​​lasting energy assets and future build­ing blocks for peace;
 Inte­grat­ing renew­able energy into peace build­ing and con­flict pre­ven­tion pro­gram­ming, includ­ing as part of a peace div­i­dend strat­egy in South Sudan and Myan­mar; and
 The launch­ing of a new market-​​based financ­ing mech­a­nism — the Peace Renew­able Energy Credit – designed to sup­port renew­able energy invest­ment and deploy­ment in con­flict and cri­sis risk settings.

The pre­sen­ta­tion and ensu­ing dis­cus­sion will explore the fol­low­ing ques­tions:
 How can a broader rethink­ing of the role of energy be inte­grated into the United Nations peace agenda?

 How can strate­gic deci­sions involv­ing energy advance UN mis­sion man­dates?
 Are Mem­ber States open to meet­ing peace­build­ing and cli­mate change com­mit­ments in cri­sis settings?

The Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment team: Pro­fes­sor Daniel M. Kam­men, Direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL), Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley; Dave Moz­er­sky, Pro­gram Direc­tor; Sher­win Das, Senior Fel­low; Dave Williams, Senior Fellow

More info on RAEL and the Pro­gram can be found at http://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu and https://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu/​c​o​n​f​l​ict

News

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

The PACE of clean energy development featured in Science

The PACE of clean energy development The Prop­erty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) pro­gram is a national ini­tia­tive designed to pro­mote invest­ment in solar pho­to­voltaics by com­mer­cial, non­profit, and res­i­den­tial prop­erty own­ers. Its cen­tral fea­ture is to pro­vide low-​​cost, long-​​term fund­ing, which is repaid as an assess­ment on the property’s reg­u­lar tax bill, as is done […] Read more

Why the Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate

March 2, in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Why the Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans are Both Right on Climate   Daniel M. Kammen Over the past two years, two thought­ful, inno­v­a­tive, and dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent plans to address global warm­ing have been pre­sented to the Amer­i­can pub­lic by the Demo­c­ra­tic and the Repub­li­can Par­ties.  Both plans would move the nation sig­nif­i­cantly toward […] Read more

In Memory of Paul Baer: champion of climate protection and equity

Paul Baer (1962 — 2016) – Memo­riam  Paul was one of the first, and one of the most pas­sion­ate, stu­dents I met upon my move from Prince­ton to Berkeley. Paul played a cen­tral role – along with Bar­bara Haya and Nate Hult­man – in work­ing through the sci­ence, pol­icy and legal story around an idea […] Read more

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

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