Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2017/​2018 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 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 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.



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



November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
November 8, 2017 — RAEL Lab Lunch with Alex Davis

Title: Pref­er­ence struc­ture and pol­icy analy­sis for renew­able and reli­able energy Bio:  Alex Davis is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Engi­neer­ing and Pub­lic Pol­icy at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity.  He is a mem­ber of the Behav­ior, Deci­sion, and Pol­icy Group, the Carnegie Elec­tric­ity Indus­try Cen­ter (CEIC), and the Cen­ter for Cli­mate and Energy Decision […]


Knowledge@Wharton: “Does Repealing the Clean Power Plan Make Economic Sense?”

For the pod­cast, click here. The deci­sion ear­lier this week by the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) to repeal the Clean Power Plan would force the U.S. to cede lead­er­ship in inno­va­tion and cli­mate change poli­cies to other coun­tries such as China, hurt job growth in the energy indus­try and fail to pre­vent a whole range […] Read more

Watch the talks from the Cal Future Forum

Cal Future Forum: Our Chang­ing World Respond­ing to the global impacts of human activity Watch videos filmed at the live event. More than ever, Cal­i­for­nia needs to play a proac­tive role in under­stand­ing our global impact and in find­ing solu­tions to ensure a vibrant future. In fact, we lead the nation —and the world — in devel­op­ing a clean-​​energy econ­omy, […] Read more

New publication on lessons from fracking in the USA and Mexico published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

To link too this pub­li­ca­tion, click here. Mexico’s recent energy reform (2013) has pro­vided the foun­da­tions for increased pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion in attempts to off­set or reverse the country’s con­tin­ued decline in fos­sil fuel pro­duc­tion. This coun­try is cur­rently on path to becom­ing a net energy importer by 2020. Con­versely, in 2015, and for the first […] Read more

Modeling the Clean Energy Transition in China

Amid grow­ing California-​​China clean energy part­ner­ships RAEL is part­ner­ing with both research and deploy­ment part­ners in China to accel­er­ate the decar­boniza­tion agenda.  In efforts with Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity, Chongqing Uni­ver­sity, and North China Elec­tric Power Uni­ver­sity, among other aca­d­e­mic part­ners, as well as with local and fed­eral part­ners in China, RAEL is work­ing to accel­er­ate the deploy­ment of elec­tric […] Read more

Published in Yale Environment 360: Taking the Long View: The ‘Forever Legacy’ of Climate Change

Tak­ing the Long View: The ‘For­ever Legacy’ of Cli­mate Change Cli­mate change pro­jec­tions often focus on 2100. But the geo­log­i­cal record shows that unless we rapidly reduce green­house gas emis­sions, we will be lock­ing in dras­tic increases in tem­per­a­tures and sea lev­els that will alter the earth not just for cen­turies, but for mil­len­nia.  By ROB WILDER AND DAN KAMMEN […] Read more

Yale Climate Connections: Wind and solar key in 21st century energy economy

For the arti­cle and video, click here. Eco­nom­ics, tech­nol­ogy, and global pub­lic opin­ion are dri­ving the surge in wind and solar renew­able energy resources, with changes devel­op­ing at a pace few had anticipated. A “rev­o­lu­tion” in use of renew­able energy is embrac­ing not only the elec­tri­cal sec­tor, but also, and increas­ingly, the trans­porta­tion sec­tor, the […] Read more

RAEL team publishes Power sector model for a low-​​carbon Kenya

  Click here for a direct link to the paper, pub­lished in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy (ES&T). Fast grow­ing and emerg­ing economies face the dual chal­lenge of sus­tain­ably expand­ing and improv­ing their energy sup­ply and reli­a­bil­ity while at the same time reduc­ing poverty. Crit­i­cal to such trans­for­ma­tion is to pro­vide afford­able and sus­tain­able access to […] Read more

New Initiative for SDG7: RAEL/​UC Berkeley-​​Berlin Reiner Lemoine Institute Energy Access Group

RAEL looks for­ward to a new part­ner­ship with the Reiner-​​Lemoine Insti­tute in Berlin, Ger­many. On August 28th, RLI and RAEL together will sign a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing on the scope of their part­ner­ship. In this ini­tia­tive, the part­ners have cre­ated the Berkeley-​​Berlin Energy Access Group (BBEAG) headed by Philipp Blechinger and Daniel Kam­men. At RLI, Philipp […] Read more

Resignation from Science Envoy post at the US State Department

For cov­er­age of Prof. Kammen’s res­ig­na­tion from the Sci­ence Envoy posi­tion at the U. S. State Depart­ment, click here. Read more

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

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

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