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.
This will be a special RAEL lunch to discuss and explore research directions in the emerging area of ‘Energy Development in Conflict Settings’, where Samira Siddique is working in the Rohingya context, and Hilary Yu is working in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. More generally, a number of large-scale efforts are emerging on campus […]
Come join a spirited discussion of the process to building process, the politics, and the future of the Tiny House at Berkeley! f
Chris will discuss a re-thinking of what are and have been the most effective measures to achieve California’s climate targets.
Sara is an architect who delved into distributed generation while developing fuel cell projects for Bloom Energy. She became interested in the energy industry in general, and specifically the regulatory and finance conditions that make markets more open to uptake of innovative technologies. While her focus is in energy, she is also interested in how […]
KCBS Radio interview: click here. October 16, 2018. . Read more
To listen to the podcast RAEL did on the IPCC 1.5 degree Report, click here. “The UN’s latest climate change report should spur countries and businesses to take quick and effective steps to combat global warming, says Professor Dan Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley. To hear the whole podcast, click below. Right reference: […] Read more
On KQED Newsroom, October 12 — 14, 2018 Climate Change Goals This week, a new United Nations report sounded the alarm over worldwide climate again, warning that the most severe effects of climate change — increased flooding, drought, wildfires and heat waves — could start being felt as early as 2040. To avoid these crises, global carbon […] Read more
From The Daily Californian, Tuesday, October 8. Click here to go direct to that link, or here for the BerkeleyBlog version. Voting for a Just Transition Daniel M Kammen Each fall at UC Berkeley I teach ‘Energy and Society’, a very unusual course that covers the science, politics, and policy angles needed to understand – […] Read more
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