Welcome To RAEL

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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A New RAEL Website

We hope you enjoy our new web­site! We are in the process of fill­ing in and trans­fer­ring con­tent from the old site. If you don’t see what you’re look­ing for please visit the old web­site while we get things sorted. Thank you.
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RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



Blockade at the Baram dam

Block­ade at the Baram dam


Com­mu­nity groups are protest­ing log­ging in Sarawak.  RAEL is work­ing with the com­mu­nity groups to explore sus­tain­able energy, land-​​use and com­mu­nity options for the region.


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.Kammen-Ny Alesund - Norway.jpg


Global Transition Scoreboard Reporting of $6.22 Trillion Blows Past Mid-​​Mark of 2020 Goal

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/37875-GTS-Reporting-of-6–22-Trillion-Blows-Past-Mid-Mark-of-2020-Goal SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., Apr. 22 /​CSRwire/​ — Earth Day 2015 marks $6.22 tril­lion invested in the global green tran­si­tion since 2007.  This meets our Green Tran­si­tion Score­board® (GTS) goal of $10 tril­lion pri­vately invested in the green econ­omy by 2020, eas­ily on track to reach the 2020 goal to effec­tively scale inno­va­tions and reduce […] Read more

The Road from CalCAP: Can the University of California Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025?

http://​blum​cen​ter​.berke​ley​.edu/​n​e​w​s​-​p​o​s​t​s​/​t​h​e​-​r​o​a​d​-​f​r​o​m​-​c​a​l​c​a​p​-​c​a​n​-​t​h​e​-​u​n​i​v​e​r​s​i​t​y​-​o​f​-​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​a​c​h​i​e​v​e​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​n​e​u​t​r​a​l​i​t​y​-​b​y​-​2​0​25/   By Tamara Straus Ten years ago, Scott Zim­mer­mann left an eight-​​year career as an oil indus­try engi­neer to attend law school at UC Berke­ley, retool, and try to save the planet. Al Gore’s “An Incon­ve­nient Truth” was just about to come out, and the nation was buzzing with new­found infor­ma­tion on the con­nec­tions […] Read more

Forbes: China: Electric Vehicle-​​To-​​Grid Technology Could Solve Renewable Energy Storage Problem

http://​www​.forbes​.com/​s​i​t​e​s​/​j​e​f​f​m​c​m​a​h​o​n​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​4​/​2​1​/​c​h​i​n​a​-​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​-​v​e​h​i​c​l​e​-​t​o​-​g​r​i​d​-​t​e​c​h​-​c​o​u​l​d​-​s​o​l​v​e​-​r​e​n​e​w​a​b​l​e​-​e​n​e​r​g​y​-​s​t​o​r​a​g​e​-​p​r​o​b​l​em/ China could use an expected boom in elec­tric vehi­cles to sta­bi­lize a grid that depends heav­ily on wind and solar energy, offi­cials from an influ­en­tial Chi­nese gov­ern­ment plan­ning agency said Mon­day in Wash­ing­ton D.C. “In the future we think the elec­tric­ity vehi­cle could be the big con­tri­bu­tion for power sys­tems’ sta­bil­ity, reli­a­bil­ity,” said Wang Zhongy­ing, direc­tor of […] Read more

Forbes Article: Lower Carbon = Higher Profit

http://​www​.forbes​.com/​s​i​t​e​s​/​j​e​f​f​m​c​m​a​h​o​n​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​4​/​1​6​/​l​o​w​e​r​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​h​i​g​h​e​r​-​p​r​o​f​it/ Lower Car­bon = Higher Profit Car­bon emis­sions sig­nal inef­fi­ciency in a sys­tem, an energy expert said in Chicago this week, so reduc­ing emis­sions usu­ally means increas­ing savings. “In house­hold after house­hold and small busi­nesses and schools, we’ve con­sis­tently found that car­bon– or water-​​saving oper­a­tions are good for the bot­tom line,” Daniel Kam­men, a pro­fes­sor of […] Read more

Op Ed on Energy Pathways for Kosovo and Southeast Europe

http://energyblog.nation​al​geo​graphic​.com/​2​0​15/04/​15/​the-​​future-​​of-​​coal–passes-​​through-​​kosovo/​   The future of coal passes through Kosovo Daniel M. Kam­men and Noah Kittner   In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loan­ing money for new coal energy projects[1], unless no finan­cially fea­si­ble alter­na­tives exist. Pres­i­dent Obama has said the same for the United States, “Today, I’m call­ing for an end of pub­lic […] Read more

ERGs Big Event

April 10, 2014: The ERG Big Event was a remark­able gath­er­ing put together by a most amaz­ing group of ERG alums and cur­rent stu­dents, with > 42% atten­dance by all ERG alumni! The orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee put together a social and intel­lec­tual home run. Just a few images to high­light this amaz­ing week­end to whet the appetite […] Read more

Clean Technica discusses the recent RAEL paper in Nature Climate Change on carbon negative energy systems

http://​clean​tech​nica​.com/​2​0​1​5​/​0​4​/​0​9​/​b​i​o​m​a​s​s​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​c​a​p​t​u​r​e​-​d​r​a​s​t​i​c​a​l​l​y​-​r​e​d​u​c​e​-​p​o​l​l​u​t​i​o​n​-​m​a​k​i​n​g​-​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​n​e​g​a​t​i​v​e​-​p​o​w​e​r​-​s​y​s​t​e​m​-​p​o​s​s​i​b​i​l​i​t​y​-​2​0​5​0​-​w​e​s​t​e​r​n​-​u​s​-​n​e​w​-​r​e​s​e​a​r​c​h​-​f​i​n​ds/ The large-​​scale uti­liza­tion of elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from bio­mass part­nered with car­bon cap­ture tech­nol­ogy — dubbed bioen­ergy with car­bon cap­ture and seques­tra­tion (BECCS) by the researchers — could result in greatly reduced emis­sions and a “carbon-​​negative” power sys­tem in the west­ern US, accord­ing to new research from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berkeley. Study lead […] Read more

Welcome to the Decentralized Energy Revolution: Cleanly Electrifying the World

  CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE, APRIL 7, 2015 http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2015–04-07/welcome-decentralized-energy-revolution-cleanly-electrifying    By Glen Martin While the boons of elec­tric­ity are obvi­ous to any­one who has watched a 49ers game on a 70-​​inch ultra HDTV or whipped up a frozen mar­garita in a blender, it also has its downsides—most of them envi­ron­men­tal. Coal and nat­ural gas power plants belch planet-​​warming […] Read more

al Jazeera’s show Deeper Look

Dan Kam­men inter­viewed for al Jazeera’s show Deeper Look, about the threats and poten­tial solu­tions to the need for energy in a chang­ing climate. https://​ajam​.boxcn​.net/​s​/​s​z​c​1​q​8​a​8​f​e​y​g​1​q​i​q​9​4​q​3​5​c​k​v​q​z​i​o​3​1qn Read more

Land use for sustainable energy

Fea­tured in the Wash­ing­ton Post, KCET​.org, ECN​mag​.com, Grist​.org, Com​put​er​World​.org, and Green­Tech­Me­dia, and #1 “Trend­ing Online” and “Most Read” Arti­cle in Nature Cli­mate Change Wash­ing­ton, D.C.— In the face of global cli­mate change, increas­ing the use of renew­able energy resources is one of the most urgent chal­lenges fac­ing the world. Fur­ther devel­op­ment of one resource, solar […] Read more

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

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