Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2017/​2018 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,


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.



RAEL lab mem­bers gather under the ‘Nobel Tree’ at UC Berke­ley — March, 2016

Front row: Left to right

Rebekah Shirley, Nikky Avila, Lind­say Hol­l­i­day, Noah Kit­tner, Deb­o­rah Sunter, Susanna Arrecha, David Mozersky

Back row: Left to right

Jalel Sager, Ser­gio Castel­lanos, Josiah John­ston, Chris Jones, Shuba Bha­ga­van, Jose Lara, Daniel Kam­men, Ben­jamin Maluenda


Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, Diego Ponce de Leon, Juan-​​Pablo Car­vallo, Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez



April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meet in Memorial Glade, 1 pm Monday, April 23, to celebrate Earth Day +1 (Earth Day + Fossil Fuel Divestment)

Fos­sil Free UC Berke­ley will be hold­ing a noon — 12 pm rally, Mon­day, April 23 to cel­e­brate Earth Day and to call for fos­sil fuel divest­ment.  I’ll be join­ing to speak about my efforts to con­vince UCB and the UC Sys­tem to divest at 1:00 pm. A copy of my 2013 Op Ed in the Daily […]

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Special Lecture by Professor Douglas Brinkley, “RACHEL CARSON’S SILENT SPRING REVOLUTION”

    This lec­ture is part of a sym­po­sium on “After the Death of Nature: Car­olyn Mer­chant and Future of Human-​​​​Nature Rela­tions,” Townsend Cen­ter, 220 Stephens Hall, May 4, 2018, 9–5 pm.  Note: This lec­ture is 159 Mul­ford Hall.   All are wel­come.   Dou­glas Brink­ley is a Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can His­tory at Rice Uni­ver­sity in Houston, […]


Dr. Rebekah Shirley provides a roadmap for energy access in “The Conversation”

For the orig­i­nal piece, click here.  by Dr. Rebekah Shirley is Research Direc­tor at Power for All and Vis­it­ing Research Scholar, at the Strath­more Energy Research Cen­ter (SERC) at Strath­more Uni­ver­sity and both alumni and Post-​​doctoral Fel­low at RAEL. At least 110 mil­lion of the 600 mil­lion peo­ple still liv­ing with­out access to elec­tric­ity in Africa live in […] Read more

New RAEL publication highlights Carbon Footprint Planning: Quantifying Local and State Mitigation Opportunities for 700 California Cities

In a new study Chris Jones, Steve Wheeler of UC Davis, and Dan Kam­men detail how consumption-​​​​based green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions inven­to­ries have emerged to describe full life cycle con­tri­bu­tions of house­holds to cli­mate change at coun­try, state and increas­ingly city scales. Using this approach, how much car­bon foot­print abate­ment poten­tial is within the con­trol […] Read more

Profitably Powering the Clean Energy Economy

  Dr. Daniel M. Kam­men, Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Direc­tor of Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) and Chair in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and doc­toral stu­dent Samira Sid­diqui, also of the Subir and Malini Chowd­hury Cen­ter for Bangladesh Stud­ies at UC Berke­ley came to North South Uni­ver­sity on […] Read more

MIT Energy Initiative: Innovating for the clean energy economy

3 Ques­tions: Inno­vat­ing for the clean energy economy Daniel Kam­men of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley dis­cusses cur­rent efforts in clean energy inno­va­tion and imple­men­ta­tion, and what’s com­ing next. For a video of the talk and Q & A, click here. Ivy Pepin | MIT Energy Ini­tia­tive March 28, 2018 Daniel Kam­men is a pro­fes­sor of […] Read more

RAEL students Serena Patel and Steven Chan organizing “Solar Spring Break”

RAEL stu­dents Ser­ena Patel and Steven Chan  inter­viewed by NBC-​​TV about “Solar Spring Break”: a semester-​​long course and inten­sive week project they direct to inte­grate energy effi­cient appli­ance and solar PV sys­tems into low-​​income hous­ing in Oak­land and Sali­nas, Cal­i­for­nia.  The  course and project are in con­junc­tion with Grid Alter­na­tives, an award-​​winning non-​​profit based in […] Read more

Full video of presentation, “Innovating for the clean energy economy” @ MIT Energy Initiative

For the video of the talk: click here. Talk deliv­ered Feb­ru­ary 19, 2018 Daniel Kam­men is a pro­fes­sor of energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, with par­al­lel appoint­ments in the Energy and Resources Group (which he chairs), the Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, and the Depart­ment of Nuclear Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing. Recently, he gave a […] Read more

Misplaced Praise — U.S. support of coal in Kosovo contradicts future health and prosperity

Mis­placed Praise — U.S. sup­port of coal in Kosovo con­tra­dicts future health and prosperity by Noah Kit­tner and Daniel M. Kammen For the Tran­si­tions Online ver­sion, click here. The U.S. gov­ern­ment has con­grat­u­lated the Kosovo gov­ern­ment for sign­ing a deal with Con­tour Global, an Amer­i­can multi-​​national energy cor­po­ra­tion, to build a new 500 MW coal-​​fired power […] Read more

Chris Jones quoted in, “Scientists just showed what building a new suburb does to the atmosphere”

A team of sci­en­tists this week reopened the debate over sub­urbs vs. city cen­ters, with new research show­ing that car­bon diox­ide emis­sions increased as sub­ur­ban areas devel­oped to the south­west of Salt Lake City in the past decade — while com­pa­ra­ble pop­u­la­tion growth in the cen­ter of the city did not have the same effect. It’s the lat­est evi­dence […] Read more

Press release: Trace Metal Content of Coal Exacerbates Air-​​Pollution-​​Related Health Risks: The Case of Lignite Coal in Kosovo

New Study Chal­lenges Health Impacts of ‘Clean Coal’ Technologies Berke­ley, CA, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2018 – A research team from the UC Berke­ley Cen­ter for Green Chem­istry and the UC Berke­ley Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory found that lig­nite coal used to pro­duce elec­tric­ity in the Balkan coun­try of Kosovo con­tains higher lev­els of arsenic, chromium, […] Read more

RAEL and ICCCAD Launch Study of Renewable Energy Resources in Bangladesh

To access the RAEL and Inter­na­tional Cen­tre for Cli­mate Change and Devel­op­ment report: click here. The direct URL is: https://​drive​.google​.com/​f​i​le/d/​16UP5MvCaWfnsiO7TPUFiqKE6GyYchmcT/view?usp=sharing An Op Ed sum­ma­riz­ing this report appeared in the Dhaka Daily Star: click here to access.       Read more

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

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