Welcome to the 2017/2018 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.
RAEL lab members gather under the ‘Nobel Tree’ at UC Berkeley — March, 2016
Front row: Left to right
Rebekah Shirley, Nikky Avila, Lindsay Holliday, Noah Kittner, Deborah Sunter, Susanna Arrecha, David Mozersky
Back row: Left to right
Jalel Sager, Sergio Castellanos, Josiah Johnston, Chris Jones, Shuba Bhagavan, Jose Lara, Daniel Kammen, Benjamin Maluenda
Anne-Perrine Avrin, Diego Ponce de Leon, Juan-Pablo Carvallo, Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez
Fossil Free UC Berkeley will be holding a noon — 12 pm rally, Monday, April 23 to celebrate Earth Day and to call for fossil fuel divestment. I’ll be joining to speak about my efforts to convince UCB and the UC System to divest at 1:00 pm. A copy of my 2013 Op Ed in the Daily […]
This lecture is part of a symposium on “After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and Future of Human-Nature Relations,” Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall, May 4, 2018, 9–5 pm. Note: This lecture is 159 Mulford Hall. All are welcome. Douglas Brinkley is a Professor of American History at Rice University in Houston, […]
For the original piece, click here. by Dr. Rebekah Shirley is Research Director at Power for All and Visiting Research Scholar, at the Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC) at Strathmore University and both alumni and Post-doctoral Fellow at RAEL. At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in […] Read more
In a new study Chris Jones, Steve Wheeler of UC Davis, and Dan Kammen detail how consumption-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories have emerged to describe full life cycle contributions of households to climate change at country, state and increasingly city scales. Using this approach, how much carbon footprint abatement potential is within the control […] Read more
Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and Chair in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and doctoral student Samira Siddiqui, also of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley came to North South University on […] Read more
3 Questions: Innovating for the clean energy economy Daniel Kammen of the University of California at Berkeley discusses current efforts in clean energy innovation and implementation, and what’s coming next. For a video of the talk and Q & A, click here. Ivy Pepin | MIT Energy Initiative March 28, 2018 Daniel Kammen is a professor of […] Read more
RAEL students Serena Patel and Steven Chan interviewed by NBC-TV about “Solar Spring Break”: a semester-long course and intensive week project they direct to integrate energy efficient appliance and solar PV systems into low-income housing in Oakland and Salinas, California. The course and project are in conjunction with Grid Alternatives, an award-winning non-profit based in […] Read more
For the video of the talk: click here. Talk delivered February 19, 2018 Daniel Kammen is a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (which he chairs), the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Recently, he gave a […] Read more
Misplaced Praise — U.S. support of coal in Kosovo contradicts future health and prosperity by Noah Kittner and Daniel M. Kammen For the Transitions Online version, click here. The U.S. government has congratulated the Kosovo government for signing a deal with Contour Global, an American multi-national energy corporation, to build a new 500 MW coal-fired power […] Read more
A team of scientists this week reopened the debate over suburbs vs. city centers, with new research showing that carbon dioxide emissions increased as suburban areas developed to the southwest of Salt Lake City in the past decade — while comparable population growth in the center of the city did not have the same effect. It’s the latest evidence […] Read more
New Study Challenges Health Impacts of ‘Clean Coal’ Technologies Berkeley, CA, February 26, 2018 – A research team from the UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and the UC Berkeley Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory found that lignite coal used to produce electricity in the Balkan country of Kosovo contains higher levels of arsenic, chromium, […] Read more
To access the RAEL and International Centre for Climate Change and Development report: click here. The direct URL is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16UP5MvCaWfnsiO7TPUFiqKE6GyYchmcT/view?usp=sharing An Op Ed summarizing this report appeared in the Dhaka Daily Star: click here to access. Read more