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.
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Featured in the Washington Post, KCET.org, ECNmag.com, Grist.org, ComputerWorld.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
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://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/02/09/electricity-from-biomass-with-carbon-capture-could-make-western-u-s-carbon-negative/ Citation: Sanchez, Daniel […] Read more
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
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
http://e360.yale.edu/E360_Comment_Why_the_Fossil_Fuel_Divestment_Movement_Will_Succeed.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
http://www.dailycal.org/2013/12/03/uc-investments-fossil-fuels-hurting-planet/ 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
http://pvidealab.berkeley.edu/innovation_in_PV_industry.html 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