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.
Article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/surge_in_renewables_remakes_californias_energy_landscape/2879/ Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. by Cheryl Katz Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs […] Read more
Nature Climate Change (5 June issue) publishes a discussion of the scope, costs, and benefits of biomass energy with carbon capture. See the publications page for this new conversation. Read more
Please join me in congratulating Diego on winning a 2015 — 2017 Link Foundation Energy Fellowship! Read more
California is adding to its roster of allies in the climate change counteroffensive. Environmental groups are hailing an agreement signed Tuesday by Governor Jerry Brown and an assortment of states, provinces and other “subnational” governments to ratchet up their own climate strategies. Billed as the “Under 2 MOU,” the memorandum of understanding is a pledge to advance […] Read more
RAEL researchers and colleagues at Stanford University, Humboldt State University, Crossboundary, and Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation, and United Nations Environment Program release two new reports on energy access implementation and services. Increasing Private Capital Investment into Energy Access: The Case for Mini-grid Pooling Facilities, by Dimitry Gershenson, Matthew Tilleard, Jake Cusack, Dean Cooper, Ashby Monk, and Daniel Kammen (University of California, […] Read more
The Future of Nuclear Energy http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~res/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HCRECS_Spring_15_Final.pdf A publication at Harvard University that seeks to provide a platform for connecting students, researchers, business and political leaders, and the public to enable integrative discussion that is paramount to developing successful solutions to our current environmental issues. While much of the contemporary discourse on environment and society have […] Read more
To see the video: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Reality-Check-Are-Californias-Carbon-Emissions-Goals-Attainable-302508541.html California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week a new plan for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The executive order calls on the Golden State to decrease carbon emission rates by 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. “I’ve set a very high bar, but it’s a bar we […] Read more
http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2015/05/analysis-boosting-climate-goals-california-daring-others-follow Marianne Lavelle, 1 May 2015 3:30 pm When California Governor Jerry Brown announced earlier this week that he was ratcheting up his state’s already ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target, he put his state in a familiar place: trying to set the regulatory pace for the rest of the nation, and even the world. And although some critics warn […] Read more
http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/37875-GTS-Reporting-of-6–22-Trillion-Blows-Past-Mid-Mark-of-2020-Goal SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., Apr. 22 /CSRwire/ — Earth Day 2015 marks $6.22 trillion invested in the global green transition since 2007. This meets our Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) goal of $10 trillion privately invested in the green economy by 2020, easily on track to reach the 2020 goal to effectively scale innovations and reduce […] Read more
http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/news-posts/the-road-from-calcap-can-the-university-of-california-achieve-carbon-neutrality-by-2025/ By Tamara Straus Ten years ago, Scott Zimmermann left an eight-year career as an oil industry engineer to attend law school at UC Berkeley, retool, and try to save the planet. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” was just about to come out, and the nation was buzzing with newfound information on the connections […] Read more