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

 

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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

News

National Geographic — Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds

The National Geo­graphic, July 1, 2015 —  Amazon’s Wildlife Threat­ened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds   By Wendy Koch, National Geo­graphic  - PUBLISHED JULY 01, 2015 As coun­tries build more hydropower projects, new research warns that mas­sive dams pose an extinc­tion threat to mam­mals, birds and tortoises—at least in the Amazon. Brazil’s Bal­bina Dam has turned what was once undis­turbed for­est […] Read more

RAEL Holds Press Conference in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Media cov­er­age of the press con­fer­ence includes:   The Bor­neo Post, June 29, 2015 - Bor­neo May See the End of Mega-​​Dams The Malaysian Insider, June 29, 2015 - Activists say Ade­nan rethink­ing mega dams pol­icy in Sarawak Free Malaysia Today, June 29, 2015 - Ade­nan May Drop Mega Dam Projects The May­lay Mail, June 29, 2015 - CM pulls the brakes on […] Read more

Kammen and other Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Offer to the Vatican

ECPA Senior Fel­low Con­tributes to Pope Francis’s Encyclical June 19, 2015—Thursday, June 18, Pope Fran­cis released his long-​​awaited encycli­cal on the envi­ron­ment, a ground­break­ing let­ter declar­ing cli­mate change one of humanity’s great­est chal­lenges. Dr. Dan Kam­men, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize win­ner who also serves as a Senior Fel­low to the Energy and Cli­mate Part­ner­ship […] Read more

Climate report ‘introduces sobriety’ into Paris COP Talks

    http://​news​.sci​encemag​.org/​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​6​/​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​-​r​e​p​o​r​t​-​i​n​t​r​o​d​u​c​e​s​-​s​o​b​r​i​e​t​y​-​p​a​r​i​s​-​t​a​lks Recent pledges by indi­vid­ual nations to cut green­house gases would buy the world only a lit­tle time—roughly 8 months—before it con­tin­ues on its cur­rent course of global warm­ing, the Inter­na­tional Energy Agency (IEA) said today in a new report. Even with the new pledges—made by about a dozen coun­tries in the run-​​up […] Read more

What happens when a state invests seriously in clean energy?

Piece from the Huff­in­g­ton Post and Yale360: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/​2​0​1​5​/​0​6​/​1​5​/​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​c​l​e​a​n​-​e​n​e​r​g​y​_​n​_​7​5​7​8​8​1​0​.​h​tml   This story was first pub­lished by Yale Envi­ron­ment 360. Solar farms are bloom­ing across California’s deserts, wind tur­bines are climb­ing the Sierra, pho­to­voltaic roofs are shim­mer­ing over sub­urbs, and Tes­las are the Sil­i­con Val­ley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is trans­form­ing the Golden State so […] Read more

The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins publishes “The Energy to Change the World”

The Cen­ter for Tal­ented Youth at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity has a great issue of their mag­a­zine Imag­ine, about energy issues, energy access, and energy projects by stu­dents from around the world.  The short piece I wrote for them, “Energy to change the world” is avail­able there, and on the RAEL pub­li­ca­tions page.  You can access […] Read more

UC Berkeley students provide solar energy to Ugandans

Berke­ley Stu­dent Blog (Clog) What are you doing this sum­mer? Tak­ing a class online? Intern­ing from 9 to 5? Trav­el­ing a lit­tle? This sum­mer, the California-​​Renewable and Adap­tive Energy, or CAL-​​RAE, team will be help­ing with the con­struc­tion of a solar micro­grid sys­tem in Uganda. UC Berke­ley stu­dents Jalel Sager, Jonathan Lee and Austin Cap­pon will install […] Read more

Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape

Arti­cle: http://​e360​.yale​.edu/​f​e​a​t​u​r​e​/​s​u​r​g​e​_​i​n​_​r​e​n​e​w​a​b​l​e​s​_​r​e​m​a​k​e​s​_​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​s​_​e​n​e​r​g​y​_​l​a​n​d​s​c​a​p​e​/​2​8​79/   Thanks to favor­able geog­ra­phy, inno­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment poli­cies, and busi­nesses that see the ben­e­fits of clean energy invest­ments, Cal­i­for­nia is clos­ing in on its goal of gen­er­at­ing a third of its elec­tric­ity from renew­ables by 2020. by Cheryl Katz Solar farms are bloom­ing across California’s deserts, wind tur­bines are climb­ing the Sierra, pho­to­voltaic roofs […] Read more

Emissions accounting for biomass energy with CCS

Nature Cli­mate Change (5 June issue) pub­lishes a dis­cus­sion of the scope, costs, and ben­e­fits of bio­mass energy with car­bon cap­ture.  See the pub­li­ca­tions page for this new conversation. Read more

Diego Ponce de Leon Barido

Please join me in con­grat­u­lat­ing Diego on win­ning a 2015 — 2017 Link Foun­da­tion Energy Fel­low­ship! Read more

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

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