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.Go to About
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 requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
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 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.
Dr. Daniel Kammen has had a long and illustrious career defined by his commitment to expanding clean energy worldwide. He originally became interested in clean energy as a postdoc working on wind and solar projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the mid-1980s. His research led to a faculty position at Princeton until 1999, when […] Read more
How to address energy poverty as part of a Just Transition for energy and people and the climate in Africa. Dialog at the African Energy Forum in London: Link: https://www.africa-energy-forum.com Read more
On Indigenous People’s Day, Annelise Gill-Wiehl finished the 125th Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Now that is cooking! The BostonMarathon is typically held in April, but was canceled in 2020, and postponed to the fall of 2021 due to the COVID19 Pandemic. Annelise qualified in 2019 at the Santa Rosa Marathon, just before starting […] Read more
October 14, 2021: Build Back Better on Climate Press Event RAEL director Dan Kammen had the pleasure to appear with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Eddie Ahn, Executive Director, Brightline Defense, and Rev. Sally Bingham, President Emeritus, Regeneration Project. Comments by Daniel Kammen Advisor for Innovative Energy Solutions, US Agency for International […] Read more
Episode 537 (October 12, 2021) On the “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly” Marketplace podcast (the hosts of Marketplace), we sat down and talk about the current and future state of energy storage: Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood Batteries are “the glue of the clean-energy economy” To download or listen: click here. Episode link: […] Read more
For the original in The Guardian, click here. The state’s ageing oil infrastructure means more disasters are likely as companies move away from fossil fuels Katharine Gammon in Los Angeles Sat 9 Oct 2021 06.00 EDT A gash in an underwater pipeline sent tens of thousands of gallons of oil rushing into the waters near Los Angeles last weekend, […] Read more
For the publication, click here. For Cleaner, Greener Power, Expand the Definition of “Batteries” Read more
Jessica Kersey of RAEL, Phillipp Belchinger of the Reiner Lemoine Institute, and RAEL Alum Rebekah Shirley explore the pathway to carbon sustainability in the Caribbean with a multi-sectoral, multi-methods analysis, published in Energy Policy. For the publication, click here. Abstract: Accelerating the rate of renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States is critical to reduce dependence […] Read more
For the May 2021 original in Breakthroughs Magazine of Rausser College of Natural Resources: click here. Interview by Dan Kammen | Spring 2021Jerry Brown, BA ’61 Classics, co-chairs the California-China Climate Institute. He served as the 34th and 39th governor of California, from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019. While he was governor, California […] Read more
Ezra David Romero To listen to the interview, click here. https://www.kqed.org/science/1974253 Banning fracking by 2024, phasing out all new sales of gas-powered cars by 2035, and achieving carbon neutrality 10 years later are just a few of California’s goals making it a leader among U.S. states in tackling climate change. But a new pledge from the […] Read more