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.
April 4: for the original article, click here. California policymakers made headlines in 2021 when they announced new emissions regulations that will ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. As the state inches closer to that date, researchers in UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) are studying how an all-electric fleet will […] Read more
Click here for the new publication in Frontiers of Environmental Science. Citation: Opperman JJ, Carvallo JP, Kelman R, Schmitt RJP, Almeida R, Chapin E, Flecker A, Goichot M, Grill G, Harou JJ, Hartmann J, Higgins J, Kammen DM, Martin E, Martins T, Newsock A, Rogéliz C, Raepple J, Sada R, Thieme ML and Harrison D […] Read more
For the article by Dan Kammen & David Williams in PVMagazine, click here. Read more
To read the original in the November 5, 2022 Jordan Times, click here. COP27: Green hope growing in the desert by Frederic Hauge and Dan Kammen World leaders gather anew in Egypt for COP27 to address the existential threat of the climate crisis; while solutions exist, the world needs to see action and implementation. To achieve this, […] Read more
Elon Musk says ‘population collapse’ is a bigger threat than climate change. Is he right? Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY Mon, October 3, 2022 At the Cannes Film Festival this summer, many attendees reveled at the “Top Gun” reboot, a throwback to the past. But on the sidelines a smaller crowd witnessed something more solemn: the possibility of a dark and […] Read more
KPCC “Air Talk: with Larry Mantle (89.3 FM, Southern California) To listen (25 minutes, click here). Direct link: https://www.kpcc.org/show/airtalk/2022–09-07/ca-sets-new-record-for-power-use-as-brutal-heat-wave-continues-how-are-you-dealing CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Brutal Heat Wave Continues. How Are You Dealing? LISTEN • 25:58 Despite calls to conserve power, California’s energy demands were at an all-time high Tuesday. The extreme heat wave […] Read more
For the original link, August 8, 2022, click here. https://www.popsci.com/environment/chips-ira-climate-change-policy/ Bt Thor Benson, for Popular Science For the past few weeks, climate action in the US appeared to have a bleak outlook. But things are looking to change with the passage and introduction of two new groundbreaking bills. Congress passed a bill called the CHIPS and Science Act on […] Read more
For the GreenBiz article, click here. By Sam Miles & Annelise Gill-Wiehl & Daniel Kammen June 16, 2022 An unpacked “Box” in the field, providing power for water filtration and clinic electrification. Photo by Sam Miles Access to reliable, affordable and clean energy is increasingly recognized as the “golden thread” tying together and enabling many other […] Read more
Opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2022 To jump to the newspaper, click here. California can do better than carbon neutrality by 2045 […] Read more