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
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Community groups are protesting logging in Sarawak. RAEL is working with the community groups to explore sustainable energy, land-use and community options for the region.
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.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015–07/rha-nsv073115.php As Paris 2015 Conference approaches, this new essay collection points way to providing off-grid energy for world’s bottom billion Opinion pieces from experts tackling the idea of energy as a catalyst for sustainable development — health, food security, education gender equality, governance, security and employment. Smart Villages: New Thinking for off-grid communities worldwide comprises […] Read more
Media coverage of the press conference and actions by the Government of Sarawak include: The Malaysian Insider, July 31, 2015 - Adenan puts Baram dam on hold, agrees to listen to natives’ grouses Radio Free Sarawak, July 15, 2015 — “Sjotveit should be out”, say Sarawakians The Malaysian Insider, July 14, 2015 - Stop Baleh dam tender until environmental […] Read more
The pope and climate change (July 12, 2015) — The New York Times Re “The pope’s beautiful, misguided ideas” (June 24): David Brooks critiques the papal encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” for an insensitivity to the apparent economic benefits of fracking and natural gas. Citing business assessments and vague environmental evaluations, Mr. Brooks chides the Vatican and the encyclical […] Read more
In Bolivia, the Pope has called for energy access and an end to energy poverty. In his comments, he draws on work by RAEL to examine the social and economic benefits of energy electrification. Some coverage of the Papal visit and comments: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/02/pope-brings-church-for-poor-to-s-america-poorest-with-ecuador-bolivia-paraguay/ The Vatican meeting on energy poverty and energy access where Professor Kammen […] Read more
The National Geographic, July 1, 2015 — Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds By Wendy Koch, National Geographic - PUBLISHED JULY 01, 2015 As countries build more hydropower projects, new research warns that massive dams pose an extinction threat to mammals, birds and tortoises—at least in the Amazon. Brazil’s Balbina Dam has turned what was once undisturbed forest […] Read more
ECPA Senior Fellow Contributes to Pope Francis’s Encyclical June 19, 2015—Thursday, June 18, Pope Francis released his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, a groundbreaking letter declaring climate change one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Dr. Dan Kammen, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner who also serves as a Senior Fellow to the Energy and Climate Partnership […] Read more
http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2015/06/climate-report-introduces-sobriety-paris-talks Recent pledges by individual nations to cut greenhouse gases would buy the world only a little time—roughly 8 months—before it continues on its current course of global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in a new report. Even with the new pledges—made by about a dozen countries in the run-up […] Read more
Piece from the Huffington Post and Yale360: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/15/california-clean-energy_n_7578810.html This story was first published by Yale Environment 360. Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden State so […] Read more
The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University has a great issue of their magazine Imagine, about energy issues, energy access, and energy projects by students from around the world. The short piece I wrote for them, “Energy to change the world” is available there, and on the RAEL publications page. You can access […] Read more
Berkeley Student Blog (Clog) What are you doing this summer? Taking a class online? Interning from 9 to 5? Traveling a little? This summer, the California-Renewable and Adaptive Energy, or CAL-RAE, team will be helping with the construction of a solar microgrid system in Uganda. UC Berkeley students Jalel Sager, Jonathan Lee and Austin Cappon will install […] Read more