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In September 2003, Dan Kammen was interviewed by Alan Alda for a Scientific American episode on "Future Cars." You can now view the interview on the web!Watch the video "Why cars must be green."


See RAEL's Fermin Reygadas and his water purification project featured in
Engineering News, April 19, 2004

This summer, Fermin will return to working on the project in Baja, and will back in the Fall to start classes at ERG. We'll be updating the projects page soon with more information on the project.

Kamal Kapadia Summer 2003

This summer, Kamal worked at the World Bank. Her January 2004 report (below) has been published on the World Bank Climate Change website.

Productive uses of renewable energy: A review of Four Bank-GEF Projects

Kamal's article "Home Grown Power Plants: The case for wood based energy systems in Sri Lanka" in REFOCUS Magazine (November/December 2002)

RAEL in the news: An August 2002 news feature in Nature magazine covers some of the scientific issues facing the global community as world leaders gather for the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. The article includes quotes from Professor Dan Kammen.

Download the Article:
Clarke, T. Wanted: Scientists for Sustainability. Nature, 418, 812 - 814, (2002). (pdf, 476 K)

RAEL in the news: The Spring 2002 issue of Forefront Magazine, from UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, featuerd an interview with Dan Kammen on the concept of fuel cell Vehicle to Grid (V2G) power. Research at RAEL has focused on V2G power as a way to facilitate the use of emerging clean energy technologies.

Read The Article (pdf file)
Read more about V2G research at RAEL

RAEL in the news: USA Today features a story on recent trends in energy research and development funding, citing work done by Antonia Herzog and her colleagues at RAEL.

Read The Article from October 15, 2001.

Press Release: September 5, 2001


With proper infrastructure and on-board telematics modifications, electric drive vehicles (EDVs) connected to area power grids can help cover peak-power demands, say experts at the University of Delaware and University of California, Berkeley. According to a report prepared for the California Air Resources Board and Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, some categories of ''vehicle-to-grid''(V2G) power -- peak power, spinning reserves and regulation services -- are useful for supporting local power utilities as an on-call reserve. EDVs include three categories: battery powered, hybrid and fuel cell. The battery EDVs could connect to the grid to charge during times of low demand, and then discharge when supply is scarce and power prices are high. Fuel-cell and hybrid EDVs would function as new generation sources. For economic reasons, they would only be active when power prices are high. Selling power in this way would enable owners to offset higher vehicle prices. Green Mountain College and AC Propulsion, Inc. also contributed to the report.

Read more about this project and download reports

Press Release: August 25, 2001

University of California, Berkeley, and Resources for the Future (RFF) Research Team Document the Health Impacts of Pollution from Indoor Cooking.


Berkeley Engineering Lab Notes, a new publication covering some of the hottest news and research from the College of Engineering at Berkeley, recently featured Dan Kammen and RAEL. The first digest emphasizes research in the area of energy, and Dr. Kammen discusses the possibility of becoming your own electricity generator.(7/2001)

Read the story: A Power Plant in Every Home

Tim Lipman, a post-doctoral researcher at RAEL, was interviewed for a production of The Osgood File, a radio program airing on CBS Radio Network. The story was about a topic that has generated much interest: the possibility of producing hydrogen renewably using green algae. (10/2000)

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The PBS (KQED-TV, San Francisco) Green Means series has just produced and will be airing throughout this Spring a short piece on the work RAEL is doing in the development of the photovoltaics market in Kenya. The schedule for the first two San Francisco area broadcasts is set for April 23 at 7:24 PM and May 14 at 10:56 AM. They will run it once or twice a week thereafter for about 6 months. (4/22/2000)

Read more about this PBS show at: http://www.kqed.org/tv/productions/greenmeans/kenyasolar.html

To learn more about this project go to the RAEL project Web page a-Si Photovoltaic Systems in Kenya.

Press Release: April 9, 2000

Study Finds that Small a-Si Modules Perform Well in the Field

Announcing the results of a 1999 research study of the field performance of single junction amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic (PV) modules in Kenya.

Press Release (PDF).

Read more about this RAEL project at a-SI Phototvoltaic Systems in Kenya.

Arne Jacobson, Ph.D. student at RAEL, has been awarded a Link Foundation Energy Fellowship for the 2000-2001 academic year. The Link Energy Fellowship is administered by Professor Lee Lynd of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. (4/5/2000)

Antonia Herzog, a Postdoctoral Researcher in RAEL, has been awarded the 2001 - 2002 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. (3/26/00)

Last updated 10/22/2001

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