Welcome To RAEL

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 New RAEL Website

We hope you enjoy our new web­site! We are in the process of fill­ing in and trans­fer­ring con­tent from the old site. If you don’t see what you’re look­ing for please visit the old web­site while we get things sorted. Thank you.
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RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



Blockade at the Baram dam

Block­ade at the Baram dam


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 …

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.Kammen-Ny Alesund - Norway.jpg


Land use for sustainable energy

Fea­tured in the Wash­ing­ton Post, KCET​.org, ECN​mag​.com, Grist​.org, Com​put​er​World​.org, and Green­Tech­Me­dia, and #1 “Trend­ing Online” and “Most Read” Arti­cle in Nature Cli­mate Change Wash­ing­ton, D.C.— In the face of global cli­mate change, increas­ing the use of renew­able energy resources is one of the most urgent chal­lenges fac­ing the world. Fur­ther devel­op­ment of one resource, solar […] Read more

Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-​​negative

Cov­er­age of the recent paper in Nature Cli­mate Change Gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity from bio­mass, such as urban waste and sustainably-​​sourced for­est and crop residues, is one strat­egy for reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions, because it is carbon-​​neutral: it pro­duces as much car­bon as the plants suck out of the atmos­phere.  To read more, see: http://​news​cen​ter​.berke​ley​.edu/​2​0​1​5​/​0​2​/​0​9​/​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​i​t​y​-​f​r​o​m​-​b​i​o​m​a​s​s​-​w​i​t​h​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​c​a​p​t​u​r​e​-​c​o​u​l​d​-​m​a​k​e​-​w​e​s​t​e​r​n​-​u​-​s​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​n​e​g​a​t​i​ve/   Cita­tion: Sanchez, Daniel […] Read more

Professor Kammen Guest on KALW – Your Call: How will Gov. Jerry Brown’s green energy goals transform CA?

On the Jan­u­ary 15th edi­tion of Your Call, we’ll have a con­ver­sa­tion about how California’s plan to get half of its elec­tric­ity from renew­able sources will trans­form the state’s energy land­scape? On the next Your Call, we’ll have a con­ver­sa­tion about Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown’s ambi­tious plan to reduce petro­leum in cars and trucks by up […] Read more

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

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2014–04-26/igniting-protest-will-uc-make-history-pulling-plug-fossil When 29-​​year-​​old UC Berke­ley stu­dent Ophir Bruck spot­ted Sherry Lans­ing, the for­mer CEO of Para­mount Pic­tures, on her way to a Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Regents meet­ing, he was hold­ing on to a key that he hoped she wouldn’t refuse. Read more

E360 Comment: Why the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Will Succeed

http://​e360​.yale​.edu/​E​3​6​0​_​C​o​m​m​e​n​t​_​W​h​y​_​t​h​e​_​F​o​s​s​i​l​_​F​u​e​l​_​D​i​v​e​s​t​m​e​n​t​_​M​o​v​e​m​e​n​t​_​W​i​l​l​_​S​u​c​c​e​e​d​.​msp Sci­en­tists Charles H. Greene, of Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, and Daniel M. Kam­men, of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, offer this com­men­tary on the recent Yale Envi­ron­ment 360 Point/​Counterpoint arti­cles by Bob Massie and Robert N. Stavins on the fos­sil fuel divest­ment movement. Read more

UC’s investments in fossil fuels are hurting the planet (Daily Cal)

http://​www​.dai​ly​cal​.org/​2​0​1​3​/​1​2​/​0​3​/​u​c​-​i​n​v​e​s​t​m​e​n​t​s​-​f​o​s​s​i​l​-​f​u​e​l​s​-​h​u​r​t​i​n​g​-​p​l​a​n​et/ Today, UC Berke­ley and most insti­tu­tions are finan­cially invested in destroy­ing our future. This may sound a lit­tle bit sur­pris­ing to some — even unfounded. Let me explain. When it comes to cli­mate change, the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity has pre­sented a clear, unam­bigu­ous mes­sage: Human burn­ing of fos­sil fuels — coal, oil and nat­ural gas […] Read more

An innovation-​​focused roadmap for a sustainable global photovoltaic industry

http://​pvide​alab​.berke​ley​.edu/​i​n​n​o​v​a​t​i​o​n​_​i​n​_​P​V​_​i​n​d​u​s​t​r​y​.​h​tml In this paper, we col­lected a com­pre­hen­sive dataset of the PV indus­try dur­ing 2000–2012, and framed the data in per­spec­tives. By exam­in­ing the cur­rent indus­try sta­tus, we devel­oped a set of pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tions for a sus­tain­able global PV indus­try going forward. Read more

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

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