Welcome To RAEL

RAEL-Fall2018

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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To prospective RAEL visitors: please read

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,

Dan

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.

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Events

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January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Robert Frank & Dan Kammen in conversation on the Psychology of Climate Change

Descrip­tion Robert Frank will visit GSPP on Mon­day, Jan. 27, from 3–5 pm in the Liv­ing Room to dis­cuss his upcom­ing book, Under the Influ­ence. The book will offi­cially be for sale on Tues­day, Jan. 28 in stores. “After more than three decades, the pub­lic is finally begin­ning to grasp what a seri­ous threat global warm­ing poses. What’s miss­ing from […]

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January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Dan Kammen at the MIT Club of Northern California talk, “Has the clean energy revolution finally begun?”

Event web­site: click here. PCC’s Octo­ber 2018 Spe­cial Report on Global Warm­ing of 1.5 ˚C (IPCC 2018) is a stark reminder of the global climate-​​​​change threat and a strongly moti­vat­ing call to abate it. While the chal­lenges keep grow­ing, our tools to green the econ­omy have never been greater.  What is crit­i­cal today is to rapidly […]

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February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
BERC Energy Summit: ENERGY PRIMER HOW DO WE GET UNDER 2˚C?

For the event reg­is­tra­tion, click here.   This ses­sion will famil­iar­ize par­tic­i­pants with the tools and chal­lenges to lim­it­ing cli­mate change on a global scale. We will use the en-​​​​ROADs Cli­mate Action sim­u­la­tion game, a role-​​​​play exer­cise that pro­vides a unique oppor­tu­nity to explore real world energy chal­lenges by mim­ic­k­ing the UN cli­mate change nego­ti­a­tions. Participants […]

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February 7 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Rohingya Statelessness and its Implications for Bangladesh

Samira Sid­dique is a co-​​​​organizer, par­tic­i­pant and speaker in: The Subir and Malini Chowd­hury Cen­ter for Bangladesh Stud­ies and the Insti­tute for South Asia Stud­ies are host­ing a sym­po­sium titled “Beyond the Cri­sis Nar­ra­tive: Rohingya State­less­ness and its Impli­ca­tions for Bangladesh” on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 7, 2020, with keynote speaker Han­nah Beech, South­east Asia Bureau Chief for The New York Times and a […]

News

MEASURING SOIL CARBON IS KEY FOR FARMERS TO BE PAID FOR SEQUESTERING CARBON

Agri­cul­ture can play a huge role in seques­ter­ing car­bon and decreas­ing the amount of green­house gasses in the atmos­phere. Up to now, though, there has been lit­tle finan­cial incen­tive for farm­ers to do so, due to the inabil­ity to mea­sure car­bon in the soil. That’s chang­ing, though. Last June, Indigo announced its Ter­ra­ton Ini­tia­tive that […] Read more

The missing conversation around clean cooking

For a recent arti­cle in The Beam, on gen­der, tech­nol­ogy and cook­ing, click here. This arti­cle by Grace Mbungu and Daniel Kam­men was fea­tured in The Beam #10 – Local Heroes of the Energy Transition. The chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing clean cook­ing energy ser­vices to over 2.7 bil­lion peo­pleand 850 mil­lion or more with­out reli­able elec­tric­ity ser­vices world­wide is […] Read more

Costa Is Now Serving Food From A Sci-​​Fi Desert Farm

For the orig­i­nal piece in Forbes, click here. Jan­u­ary 17, 2020 by: Emanuela Bar­bi­roglio Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises ships call­ing at Aqaba, Jor­dan, are offer­ing their guests climate-​​friendly veg­eta­bles from an inno­v­a­tive farm out­side the city. The new part­ner­ship brings together the Costa Group and the Nor­we­gian non-​​profit Sahara For­est Project Foundation. The ini­tia­tive will deliver […] Read more

Announcement: Assistant Professor position available in Development Engineering with an expected start date of July 1, 2020

Take a look at an excit­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor posi­tion that is avail­able at UC Berke­ley rel­e­vant to much of the work tak­ing place in RAEL:  click here.   RECRUITMENT PERIOD Open Octo­ber 7th, 2019 through Fri­day, Dec 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) DESCRIPTION The Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing and the Blum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ing Economies […] Read more

Kammen disputes the veracity of Jonathan Franzen’s essay on climate change.

Orig­i­nally pub­lished on the KQED news & dis­cus­sion pages, Sept 10, 2019. The cli­mate apoc­a­lypse is com­ing and there’s noth­ing we can do to stop it. At least that’s the the­sis of writer Jonathan Franzen, whose recent essay in The New Yorker, titled “What if We Stopped Pre­tend­ing?,” tapped into a fear about a cli­mate apoc­a­lypse that […] Read more

Climate Change, hurricanes make the affordable housing crisis even worse

\Teresa Wiltz, USA Today, for the orig­i­nal, click here. Last year, right before Hur­ri­cane Flo­rence hit New Bern, a small river­front city along the North Car­olina coast, Mar­tin Blaney rushed to the pub­lic hous­ing com­plex he runs, bang­ing on doors, yelling: “Evac­u­ate, evac­u­ate, evacuate!” When the winds set­tled and the rains ended in New Bern, Blaney’s […] Read more

Vlog with RAEL undergraduate Vanessa Thompson on women in STEM (and other things!)

Check out this vlog with Vanessa, a UC Berke­ley under­grad­u­ate and RAEL research scholar. Forbes has now posted an inter­view with Vanessa, which you can read here.   Read more

Patricia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez named Siebel Energy Scholar!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez, who was names a 2019 — 2020 Siebel Energy Scholar! The Siebel Schol­ars pro­gram was estab­lished by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foun­da­tion in 2000 to rec­og­nize the most tal­ented stu­dents at the world’s lead­ing grad­u­ate schools of busi­ness, com­puter sci­ence, bio­engi­neer­ing, and energy sci­ence. Each year, more than 90 grad­u­ate […] Read more

Sustaining the Last Rivers

RAEL and part­ners at the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Con­ser­vancy pub­lished a paper in Amer­i­can Sci­en­tist, on the role of the clean energy rev­o­lu­tion in pre­serv­ing the world’s great rivers. Read it here. The orig­i­nal is here. Read more

NSF SUPERB student Francesca Giardine presents summer RAEL project work

National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion SUPERB (Sum­mer Under­grad­u­ate Pro­gram In Engi­neer­ing ⁦at Berke­ley)⁩ scholar Francesca Gia­r­dine worked with Den­nis Best in RAEL on clean energy for under-​​served com­mu­ni­ties for the 2019 Sum­mer.  Here she is pre­sent­ing her research.   Have a great year back at Smith College!   Read more

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

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