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
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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 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.
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
http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/news-posts/the-road-from-calcap-can-the-university-of-california-achieve-carbon-neutrality-by-2025/ 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
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2015/04/21/china-electric-vehicle-to-grid-tech-could-solve-renewable-energy-storage-problem/ 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
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2015/04/16/lower-carbon-higher-profit/ 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
http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/15/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, 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
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
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/04/09/biomass-carbon-capture-drastically-reduce-pollution-making-carbon-negative-power-system-possibility-2050-western-us-new-research-finds/ 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
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
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/szc1q8a8feyg1qiq94q35ckvqzio31qn Read more
Featured in the Washington Post, KCET.org, ECNmag.com, Grist.org, ComputerWorld.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