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.
To watch the show, click here. Climate Action Summit Sep 14 San Francisco Hosts Global Climate Summit Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring California’s energy sources to be completely clean and renewable by 2045, thousands of people gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. The three-day event, featuring […] Read more
At the Global Climate Action Summit one of the interesting events was a multi-university summit on carbon pricing. Yale University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, and both myself and Prof. Ann Carlson from UCLA participated in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities to price externalities in university actions. Caption: Prof. Ann Carlson […] Read more
To access the paper, which just appeared in The Beam, click here. Read more
To listen to the show or download the podcast: click here. California lawmakers passed a bill that would require 100 percent of the state’s energy to come from carbon-free sources. The proposal would set a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels by 2045 but does not include a mandate or penalty. Supporters say the […] Read more
Green energy is gold for California and the US Daniel M Kammen For the article pdf, click here. I am a physicist, and an energy and sustainability science researcher, and I live in California because of its penchant for not just setting but actually achieving big goals and adopting bold visions others may consider too ambitious. […] Read more
It is great to see a gathering at NREL of past, present, and future ERG and RAEL students! L to R: Jessica Katz (entering ERG student), Jaquelin Cochran, and current students Emma Tome and Jose Daniel Lara — all at NREL for the summer (and some beyond!) Read more
From The Star (Kenya), July 19, 2018. The future of the proposed Lamu coal plant was cast into doubt on Wednesday when 56 institutional and individual investors with $713 billion (Sh71.3 trillion) in assets under management asked General Electric to pull out. In May, GE, formerly General Electric, agreed to buy a Sh40 billion stake in Amu Power and […] Read more
The Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC) and the University of California, Berkeley held a joint workshop on energy research, governance, and the role of the private sector in building an inclusive clean energy economy. This joint activity was supported by both Strathmore University and a National Science Foundation Cyber-Physical Systems Program grant to Professors Callaway […] Read more
By Peter Fairley TO STAND any chance of halting runaway climate change, we need to squelch carbon emissions down to near zero by mid-century. That means getting off filthy fossil fuels – and fast. Few scientists would disagree with that, but there is precious little consensus on how to do it. Nuclear fission power is […] Read more
Physics and environmental research are more compatible than you might first think. Kate Ravilious talks to three leading physicists-turned-environmental researchers, to find out about their journey. For the original article, click here. How many people study physics and then go on to forge a career in environmental sciences? Perhaps not a huge number, but those who […] Read more