Winter Break for RAEL Lunch Meetings !

For the Fall Semester 2009 we are done with RAEL lunch meetings.

We will update you as soon as we have specific topics for next year and would look forward to welcome you again in the Spring Semester 2010. 

Have a good winter break, happy Christmas and a great new year!

regular RAEL lab lunch meetings every Wednesdays, Noon-1:00 p.m.

323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
University of California, Berkeley

Energy science and policy for Copenhagen and beyond

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 3:00am

Energy science and policy for Copenhagen and beyond. Dan Kammen is the class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy and faculty member of the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. As member of the IPCC he was awarded the Nobel Peace Price. New York Times science journalist Matt Wald will join this last session, too.

Tuesdays, Noon-1:30 p.m., November 10.
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
This is part of a seminar series: Strategic Issues in Energy Resources and Politics (October 6 to November 10)

Dan Kammen attends the US-China Strategic Forum on Clean Energy Cooperation

October, 2009
XinHua Net,

Dan Kammen participated in the recent US-China Strategic Forum on Clean Energy Cooperation, which gathered more than 300 guests including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, high-ranking officials from both governments and representatives of international organizations.

Mining Fool's Gold for Solar

October, 2009
MIT Technology Review

Cyrus Wadia, faculty member at the LBNL and RAEL, is using the abundant pyrite (also called fool's gold) to grow nanocrystals for cheaper photovoltaics. But instead of digging for false promises, he is making pure nano­particles of the compound from iron and sulfur salts to turn fool's gold into real treasure: an inexpensive solar cell.His promising research was featured in a recent MIT Technology Review.

Searchinger, et al Science paper say treaty rules for bioenergy emissions encourage deforestation; strong industry reaction

October, 2009

An article recently covered in the Science-Magazine by Searchinger, Kammen et al. provokes an engaged discussion on carbon accounting techniques of biofuels. The original paper pointed out legal loopholes in the Kyoto Protocol, the European Cap and Trade System and the Waxman-Markey bill, which neglect carbon emissions caused by deforestation to clear the land for the production of biofuels. At press coverage of the issue by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are synthesized with a statement of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).