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.
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
For the original posting in Grist and Yale Environment360, click here. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, renewable energy was growing steadily — but still not fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s carbon reduction goals, let alone to make the further strides needed to keep climate change from spiraling out of control. Now, the virus-induced economic shock […] Read more
Just released open access book: Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility For the full book pdf or each chapter: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978–3-030–31125-4 Dan Kammen: Chapter 26: Defeating Energy Poverty: Investing in Scalable Solutions for the Poor Read more
The short-term prospects for wind and solar power look rocky amid the economic upheaval of the coronavirus. But long term, renewables could emerge stronger than ever, especially if governments integrate support for clean energy into COVID-19 economic-recovery programs. BY BETH GARDINER • MAY 12, 2020 Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, renewable energy was growing steadily — but […] Read more
April 27, 2020. To watch the webinar, click here. A panel of UC Berkeley experts discussed Monday what effect COVID-19 is having on the environment. (UC Berkeley video) Ever so slowly, communities around the globe are cautiously easing shelter-in-place orders, and people are heading back to work — bringing with them damaging behaviors that hurt the environment […] Read more
Science Magazine covers the Green Stimulus. Click here for the original. The pandemic-induced global economic meltdown has triggered a drop in energy demand and related carbon emissions that could transform how the world gets its energy—even after the disease wanes, according to a report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The precipitous drop […] Read more
April 20, 2020 For the original in The Guardian, as part of Earth Day coverage, click here. The Covid-19 epidemic is ravaging our tattered healthcare system and shredding our economy. In the past month, over 22 millionAmericans filed for unemployment benefits, compounding the fear that unemployment could breach 32% absent massive public action. This is an unmitigated human […] Read more
Watch and share the dialog: click here. The YouTube link is: and thanks to the amazing technical team at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and to our exceptional panelists! Read more
April 1, 2020 “COVID19 for the Climate Crisis” To watch the talk, click here. Read more