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.
From: International New York Times, October 5, 2015 BERKELEY, California — California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thousands […] Read more
September 29, 20115 http://abc7news.com/automotive/teslas-first-suv-the-model-x-to-make-its-debut/1008623/ The very first customers who bought Tesla’s new brand new SUV, will get to drive them away Tuesday night. The Tesla Model X is pricey, but right now, gas is not. Gas prices could be putting the future of electric cars in danger. Tesla’s ModelX will be the technology motor company’s luxury SUV […] Read more
NPR Piece with Scott Tong on the Climate Encyclical (September 22, 2015) Pope Francis, in speaking about climate change this week, is likely to use the term “global north and south.” The term isn’t heard much in the United States. But it is the pontiff’s view of where the world’s wealth tends to be, and where […] Read more
You can add yourself to the group at this link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rael-berkeley-list firstname.lastname@example.org Read more
http://www.economist.com/news/letters/21664047-letters-editor Energy in the Balkans One critical way to expedite EU integration of the Balkans (“Knocking on Heavens Door”, August 29th) is to start by building an integrated energy system compliant with EU environmental standards and regulations. The proposed coal-fired power plant in Kosovo remains a prime example of a project that could set back […] Read more
KQED Radio (FM 88.5) — California and the 50/50/50 Climate Plan As President Obama sells his climate agenda to the nation, state legislators in California are set to vote on a package of bills that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut petroleum use in half. Gov. Jerry Brown and many high-profile state Democrats say […] Read more
From the Huffington Post: Last year, $28 billion was collectively spent on climate finance from six large multilateral development banks (MDBs). That’s no small feat, but 2,100 new coal plants slated for construction worldwide threaten to push us over our global 2°C carbon budget: 276 gigawatts are currently under construction and another 1,000 gigawatts are in different planning […] Read more
For coverage of the work RAEL is doing in Southeast Europe, see this new blog post by Noah Kittner (written in Thai) to build the conversation about energy transitions. Noah Kittner in Prizren Castle, Kosovo Read more
Al Jazeera America (August 24, 2015) Companies eye profits in renewable energy Read more