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.Go to About
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 requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
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 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.
Topic: In looking ahead to entirely decarbonizing the electric generation system, there is a debate about the use of nuclear generation. One school of thought argues that nuclear will be essential to successful decarbonization, while the other feels that this can be done entirely using renewable technologies, essentially wind and solar. This research investigates the […]
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
New paper by Annelise Gill-Wiehl and Daniel Kammen in The Beam: Available on the RAEL publications website: https://rael.berkeley.edu/publication/now-we-are-cooking-with-gas-how-interdisciplinary-solutions-and-local-outreach-can-light-a-fire-under-clean-stove-adoption/ Read more
Watch the conversation: YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79YwbcE1Zqk&feature=youtu.be Read more
Lessons From 2009 for a Green Stimulus Today EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT AUGUST 10, 2020 For the original: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/what-a-new-green-stimulus-can-learn-from-2009 A clean-energy company funded through a Department of Energy loan recently filed for bankruptcy. Tonopah Solar Energy, the builder of a 110-megawatt concentrated solar power site, joined the ranks of bankrupt Solyndra and Abound Solar. Those companies all received money […] Read more
Rolling blackouts called off as California grid stabilizes amid heat wave Courtney Friel & Kimberly Cheng, Associated Press, Aug 17, 2020 For the original: https://ktla.com/news/california/gov-newsom-demands-probe-of-rolling-blackouts-amid-heat-wave/ Widespread blackouts to reduce pressure on the electric grid were averted Monday night after regulators warned earlier in the day that they would not have enough power to meet demand in the midst of a heat wave. […] Read more
Q&A: California’s new electricity-blackout challenge Michael Liedtke, Associated Press Business Writer, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 For the original article: https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/AP-Explains-California-s-power-outages-pose-new-15496383.php BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As if the pandemic and economic recession weren’t bad enough, millions of Californians now face recurring threats of abrupt blackouts during a heat wave in the nation’s most populous state. California’s Independent System […] Read more
How fundamentally different views about climate change and a green economy could influence voters in the 2020 election. by Bob Abeshouse, Al Jazeera. For the original click here. At the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last September, Governor Newsom pointed out that: “California is significantly outperforming the United States of America in GDP growth […] Read more
July 28, Bloomberg News: Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/what-the-world-gets-if-u-s-electricity-becomes-100-green Today, 40% of America’s electricity comes from carbon-free sources. The Democratic presidential candidate has made getting that to 100% by 2035 a centerpiece of his $2 trillion plan to address climate change and create jobs. Getting there would take an enormous expansion of solar and wind capacity […] Read more
For the original June 7, 2020, piece in The Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), click here. By Daniel Kammen & Khadija Famau & Joseph Odongo On May 28 the World Bank, International Energy Agency, World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Renewable Energy all issued a joint statement.That does not happen very often, and their announcement is big […] Read more