Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2018/​2019 aca­d­e­mic year: 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 note to prospec­tive vis­i­tors to RAEL:

Due to the high demand for places in RAEL I regret inform to you that we no longer can accept any short-​​term vis­i­tors (months to a year).  We now can only accept stu­dents who apply to and are accepted in a degree pro­gram on cam­pus.  If you write to RAEL mak­ing this request any­way, your email won’t be returned (because both we receive far too many such requestsand because you have not read/​found this announce­ment on the RAEL home page).

With our regrets,


RAEL Part of the UC Berkeley Cal Future Forum on Sustainability

To high­light the lat­est research find­ings emerg­ing from UC Berke­ley and the Berke­ley Lab, on sus­tain­abil­ity we present Cal Future Forum: Our Chang­ing World, an unusual oppor­tu­nity to learn directly from lead­ing researchers who are devel­op­ing solu­tions to the envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges we face.

In May 2017 over a dozen promi­nent Berke­ley researchers pro­vided a syn­op­sis of the state of the planet, a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the chal­lenges we face, and the solu­tions being devel­oped at Berke­ley – and being imple­mented glob­ally. This rare gath­er­ing of lead­ing Berke­ley sci­en­tists, engi­neers, schol­ars and pol­icy experts was mod­er­ated by promi­nent radio host, Michael Krasny.

Please visit this page for access to all of the talks. 

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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.










January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
January 27, 2021 RAEL Lunch: “Charting innovation in energy storage”

Dan Kam­men will lead  the RAEL lunch this week where we will focus on both mate­ri­als sci­ence and oper­a­tional inno­va­tions in energy stor­age, both focused on l0ng-​​​​term energy stor­age (a project we are doing with Prof. Sarah Kurtz at UC Merced, Prof. Noah Kit­tner at U. of North Car­olina, and Prof. Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​​​Gonzalez of UC […]


Read Kenji Shiriashi’s Op Ed in the Mainichi Newspaper

For the arti­cle in Eng­lish and Japan­ese ver­sions, click here   Read more

New paper on the role of electric vehicles in meeting China’s climate goals

The paper, “Mod­el­ing the impact of EVs in the Chi­nese power sys­tem: Path­ways for imple­ment­ing emis­sions reduc­tion com­mit­ments in the power and trans­porta­tion sec­tors” is now avail­able from Energy Pol­icy, and is also avail­able on  the RAEL Pub­li­ca­tions page.  Click here. This work involves part­ners from Chongqing Uni­ver­sity, Stony­brook Uni­ver­sity, Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at […] Read more

Biden-​​Harris victory can bring social justice into battle for a livable climate

From The Daily Cal­i­forn­ian, Novem­ber 13, 2020.  Click here for the orig­i­nal. With Joe Biden and Kamala Har­ris’ pres­i­den­tial vic­tory came an inter­na­tional sigh of relief. After the dis­mal past four years, sci­ence, social jus­tice and both domes­tic and global part­ner­ships to address cli­mate change are now back on the agenda in the United States. More than any […] Read more

Can small nuclear reactors help Canada reach its net-​​zero 2050 goals? Some experts are skeptical

Novem­ber 9, 2020: Canada has expressed inter­est in a new, smaller type of nuclear reac­tor that pro­po­nents say will be crit­i­cal to help the coun­try reach its tar­get of net-​​zero car­bon emis­sions by 2050. But there is debate among researchers, advo­cates and other experts on whether these new reac­tors are nec­es­sary to reach net-​​zero — or whether […] Read more

October 26, 2020 — Grist, “Trump Administration Buries Clean Energy Reports”

For the orig­i­nal Octo­ber 26, 2020, arti­cle by Peter Fair­ley in Grist, click here. Read more

October 21, 2020: What Caused August’s Rolling Blackouts? Experts Say It’s Still Not Totally Clear

What Caused August’s Rolling Black­outs? Experts Say It’s Still Not Totally Clear What Caused August’s Rolling Black­outs? Experts Say It’s Still Not Totally Clearhttps://www.kqed.org/news/11842647/​what-​​caused-​​augusts-​​rolling-​​blackouts-​​experts-​​say-​​its–still-​​not-​​totally-​​clear In their ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion into what caused California’s rolling black­outs in August, the state’s elec­tri­cal grid oper­a­tor and util­ity reg­u­la­tors have focused pri­mar­ily on struc­tural issues like cli­mate change-​​driven heat and […] Read more

My climate journey — podcast

My cli­mate jour­ney: Episode #126 A PODCAST FOR THOSE SEEKING TO BETTER UNDERSTAND CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW TO HELP   Pod­cast avail­able in sev­eral for­mats for down­load: click here. Or, if you want to read it: Today’s guest is Daniel Kam­men, Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley. In addi­tion to his pro­fes­sor­ship in the […] Read more

How the Earth Wins This Election

A call for national lead­er­ship to solve the cas­cad­ing cri­sis of cli­mate, health, equity and the economy: Con­gress­man Jared Huff­man, Dr. Natasha DeJar­nett, & Prof. Daniel Kammen Watch the video: click here. Or link to: https://​lead​on​cli​mate​.org Read more

9/​18/​2020: KQED Newsroom, “Climate change and the economic outlook”

To watch the inter­view and dis­cus­sion video, click here on the KQED website. Fight­ing Cli­mate Change Amid Wild­fires, Extreme Weather and Pres­i­den­tial Denial On Mon­day, dur­ing a trip to Cal­i­for­nia, Pres­i­dent Trump refused to acknowl­edge the role cli­mate change has played in gen­er­at­ing wild­fires that have burned more than 3 mil­lion acres and killed at least 26 […] Read more

New RAEL-​​WWF joint piece on clean energy for cul­tural and bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion in the Mekong region. China Dia­log, Sep­tem­ber 2, 2020. For access, click here. And for the ver­sion on the RAEL pages, click here.   Read more

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

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University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3050
Phone: (510) 642-1640
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Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu


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