Welcome To RAEL

RAEL-Fall2018

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,

Dan

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.

2018:

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2017:

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Sustaining the Last Rivers

RAEL and part­ners at the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Con­ser­vancy pub­lished a paper in Amer­i­can Sci­en­tist, on the role of the clean energy rev­o­lu­tion in pre­serv­ing the world’s great rivers. Read it here. The orig­i­nal is here. Read more

NSF SUPERB student Francesca Giardine presents summer RAEL project work

National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion SUPERB (Sum­mer Under­grad­u­ate Pro­gram In Engi­neer­ing ⁦at Berke­ley)⁩ scholar Francesca Gia­r­dine worked with Den­nis Best in RAEL on clean energy for under-​​served com­mu­ni­ties for the 2019 Sum­mer.  Here she is pre­sent­ing her research.   Have a great year back at Smith College!   Read more

July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

For the orig­i­nal: click here: https://​www​.kqed​.org/​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​/​1​9​4​6​2​1​9​/​j​u​l​y​-​w​a​s​-​t​h​e​-​h​o​t​t​e​s​t​-​m​o​n​t​h​-​e​v​e​r​-​r​e​c​o​r​ded. In the lat­est sign the Earth is under­go­ing unprece­dented warm­ing, Euro­pean sci­en­tists said Mon­day that July was the hottest month ever recorded. ‘We have always lived through hot sum­mers. But this is not the sum­mer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s sum­mer.‘United Nations Sec­re­tary Gen­eral António Guterres […] Read more

Knowledge @ Wharton: The California deal with automotive manufacturers

Mon­day, July 29, 2019 For the pod­cast, lis­ten or down­load at https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Read more

Carbon capture: boom or boondoggle?

For US News & World Report, click here. by Alan Neuhauser WHEN A CANADIAN STARTUP announced this spring that it would soon begin build­ing a new type of facil­ity that could remove car­bon diox­ide from the air, it sparked con­sid­er­able fanfare. Head­lines declared the project, which this spring won $68 mil­lion in financ­ing, a “poten­tial solu­tion […] Read more

California And Automakers Strike Deal To Lower Emissions

The land­mark deal worked out between Cal­i­for­nia and four major automak­ers for more fuel effi­cient cars isn’t just good for the envi­ron­ment — it could also be good for car com­pa­nies’ bot­tom lines. For the audio: click here. Two sets of rules for vehi­cle emis­sions — one fed­eral and one for Cal­i­for­nia — would be bad for […] Read more

Igniting Protest: Will UC Make History By Pulling the Plug on Fossil Fuel Investments?

In the wake of the his­toric vote by Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia fac­ulty to divest from fos­sil fuels, Cal­i­for­nia Mag­a­zine is re-​​running a 2014 arti­cle where action lead­ing to the divest­ment vote took off. Daniel Kammen’s Op Ed, “UC’s invest­ments in fos­sil fuels are hurt­ing the planet”, in the Daily Cal­i­forn­ian from Decem­ber 3, 2013 is here. That […] Read more

No need to dam free flowing rivers to meet worlds climate and energy targets

Orig­i­nally pub­lished in Mongabay: In a com­ment arti­cle pub­lished in the Nature last month, sci­en­tists argue that an “energy future in which both peo­ple and rivers thrive” is pos­si­ble with bet­ter planning. The hydropower devel­op­ment projects now under­way threaten the world’s last free-​​flowing rivers, pos­ing severe threats to local human com­mu­ni­ties and the species that […] Read more

Deploy diverse renewables to save tropical rivers” published in Nature

For a link to the pub­li­ca­tion, click here.   For a direct link to the pub­li­ca­tion in Nature, click here.   Read more

Prof. Deborah Sunter profiled by the US Department of Energy

Deb­o­rah Sunter, Ph.D., spent two years as a post­doc­toral fel­low with the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy Office of Energy Effi­ciency and Renew­able Energy in the Post­doc­toral Research Award Pro­gram. Sunter’s research explored and expanded a mod­el­ing plat­form designed to help eval­u­ate and meet the United States’ grow­ing energy demands. Her research and con­tri­bu­tions have been […] Read more

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

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