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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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,


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.










Coverage of the Green Stimulus to Rebuild our Economy: An Open Letter to Congress

For the Green Stim­u­lus Open Let­ter to Con­gress, click here. Press cov­er­age of the let­ter includes: 3./24/2020 - City­Lab.  A green stim­u­lus plan for the post-​​coronavirus economy. 3/​24/​2020 - Mar­ket­Watch. A green-​​minded stim­u­lus to save the econ­omy from coro­n­avirus?  This goops thinks it has the $2 tril­lion answer. 3/​24/​2020 - Time Mag­a­zine. What Coro­n­avirus means for the pos­si­bil­ity of a […] Read more

Press Conference: March 23, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT — A Green Stimulus to Rebuild our Economy.

A Green Stim­u­lus to Rebuild Our Economy We will post the doc­u­ment and links at 1:00 PM PDT, Mon­day, March 23 to coin­cide with our news conference WHO WILL BE SPEAKING:  Johanna Bozuwa, Co-​​Manager, Cli­mate & Energy Pro­gram, The Democ­racy Col­lab­o­ra­tive (@johannabozuwa) Mijin Cha, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Urban and Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy, Occi­den­tal Col­lege; Fel­low at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity […] Read more

Social Distancing? You Might Be Fighting Climate Change, Too

In The New York Times, March 13, 2020: As the nation shifts abruptly into the fight against coro­n­avirus, a ques­tion arises: could social iso­la­tion help reduce an individual’s pro­duc­tion of green­house gases and end up hav­ing unex­pected con­se­quences for cli­mate change? The biggest sources of car­bon emis­sions caused by our lifestyles come from three activ­i­ties, said […] Read more

Faster traffic, more clicks. How COVID-​​19 affects emissions

For the orig­i­nal arti­cle, click here. Reports from Italy detail the grim real­ity of a nation on lock­down. All busi­nesses but phar­ma­cies and food stores have shut their doors. Air­lines are can­cel­ing flights, and road­blocks pre­vent peo­ple from leav­ing or enter­ing some towns. It presents a glimpse of how dra­mat­i­cally Amer­i­can life could change if COVID-​​19 spreads […] Read more

UCTV: Social Justice and the Fight Against Climate Change

Feb­ru­ary 24, 2020 For the UCTV video, click here. Read more

Bernie Sanders finds 57 scientists who support his climate plan despite Biden doubts.

Jan­u­ary 29, 2020: For the orig­i­nal in Salon, click here. Joe Biden told a voter that no sci­en­tists agreed that his pres­i­den­tial pri­mary rival Bernie Sanders’s plan to com­bat cli­mate change could work. The Sanders cam­paign responded by releas­ing a list of 57 sci­en­tists who agree with him. “The Green New Deal you are propos­ing is not only […] Read more

Coronavirus epidemic snarls science worldwide

For the orig­i­nal in Sci­ence, click here. Coro­n­avirus epi­demic snarls sci­ence worldwide Robert F. Service Like most uni­ver­si­ties in China, the cam­pus of Huazhong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in Wuhan is deserted. The coro­n­avirus epi­demic now rac­ing across China is forc­ing Jef­frey Erlich, a Cana­dian neu­ro­sci­en­tist at New York Uni­ver­sity Shang­hai, to weigh his […] Read more

How gasification turns waste into energy

For the link, click here. Feb­ru­ary 9, 2020. Read more


Agri­cul­ture can play a huge role in seques­ter­ing car­bon and decreas­ing the amount of green­house gasses in the atmos­phere. Up to now, though, there has been lit­tle finan­cial incen­tive for farm­ers to do so, due to the inabil­ity to mea­sure car­bon in the soil. That’s chang­ing, though. Last June, Indigo announced its Ter­ra­ton Ini­tia­tive that […] Read more

The missing conversation around clean cooking

For a recent arti­cle in The Beam, on gen­der, tech­nol­ogy and cook­ing, click here. This arti­cle by Grace Mbungu and Daniel Kam­men was fea­tured in The Beam #10 – Local Heroes of the Energy Transition. The chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing clean cook­ing energy ser­vices to over 2.7 bil­lion peo­pleand 850 mil­lion or more with­out reli­able elec­tric­ity ser­vices world­wide is […] Read more

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

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