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
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 to 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 requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
Community groups are protesting logging and mega-dam development in Sarawak. RAEL is working with the community groups to explore sustainable energy, land-use and community options for the region. Read more on our Clean Energy Solutions for Borneo page.
Go to Clean Energy Solutions for Borneo
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
Beyond Greening the Blue Helmets:
Renewable Energy Transitions for Peacebuilding in Conflict Settings
Wednesday, 31 May, 13:30 — 15:30pm, Room S-2723, UNHQ, New York
Malakal IDP Camp, South Sudan
There is a striking overlap among the regions at greatest risk of conflict, those most vulnerable to climate change, and high levels of energy poverty – primarily in Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia. Renewable energy represents an under-utilized entry point. Yet conflict-affected settings are characterized by unique challenges, and the renewable energy revolution that is transforming much of the world risks bypassing the conflict-prone states that stand the most to gain. The potential for renewable energy to deliver multiple economic, social, environmental and peace benefits in conflict settings remains largely untapped.
You are invited to join a presentation on the potential for renewable energy in conflict and crisis settings, by the leadership team from the Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development, a program of the Renewable Energy and Appropriate Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Program aims to promote the use of renewable energy as a tool for peace building and conflict resolution and has developed different models through which to deliver “energy-peace benefits” including:
A humanitarian sector-wide transition from diesel to solar power in South Sudan, which could deliver humanitarian cost savings while building long-lasting energy assets and future building blocks for peace;
Integrating renewable energy into peace building and conflict prevention programming, including as part of a peace dividend strategy in South Sudan and Myanmar; and
The launching of a new market-based financing mechanism — the Peace Renewable Energy Credit – designed to support renewable energy investment and deployment in conflict and crisis risk settings.
The presentation and ensuing discussion will explore the following questions:
How can a broader rethinking of the role of energy be integrated into the United Nations peace agenda?
How can strategic decisions involving energy advance UN mission mandates?
Are Member States open to meeting peacebuilding and climate change commitments in crisis settings?
The Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development team: Professor Daniel M. Kammen, Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley; Dave Mozersky, Program Director; Sherwin Das, Senior Fellow; Dave Williams, Senior Fellow
More info on RAEL and the Program can be found at http://rael.berkeley.edu and https://rael.berkeley.edu/conflict
May 1, 2017, San Francisco — The Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development, part of UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, convened on April 28, 2017, the first of two expert workshops on the Peace Renewable Energy Credit (PREC). A newly developed financing mechanism, the PREC is designed to encourage renewable energy investment […] Read more
April 27, 2017, PV News. Kosovo must do more for renewables, European Union says Citing a RAEL study, authored by Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen along with colleagues from KOSID in Kosovo, the European Commission has said that Kosovo’s government needs to increase efforts to improve its energy system, and to provide more support for renewables, although […] Read more
Despite Its Oil-Industry Past, Energy Transitions Commission Foresees A Full-Renewables Future by Jeff McMahon, based in Chicago. Follow Jeff McMahon on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, or email him here. Renewables could provide nearly all the power in some regions in less than 20 years, reliably, and at a cost competitive with fossil fuels, according to a report released today […] Read more
From Alaska to Georgia, Why 6 Scientists Will March on Washington By Lindsay McKenzie APRIL 21, 2017 Thousands of scientists and their supporters are preparing to participate in the March for Science on Saturday, but the run-up to the event hasn’t been without controversy. Some scientists have charged that planning for the march contradicted larger goals […] Read more
Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa by Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels and lowering power […] Read more
Brooke Maushund, who has worked on energy access in Nicaragua and in Africa, wrote the conference report for the Energy Net Limited summit that preceded the COP22 Climate Summit in Marrakech November 2 — 4, 2016. Read more
Download the report from UNIDO, LBNL, and RAEL here and access the larger Green Jobs research program here. Abstract: The ongoing debate over the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) deployment often hinges on the current cost of incumbent fossil-fuel technologies versus the long-term benefit of clean energy alternatives. This debate is often […] Read more
The PACE of clean energy development The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is a national initiative designed to promote investment in solar photovoltaics by commercial, nonprofit, and residential property owners. Its central feature is to provide low-cost, long-term funding, which is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill, as is done […] Read more
March 2, in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Why the Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate Daniel M. Kammen Over the past two years, two thoughtful, innovative, and dramatically different plans to address global warming have been presented to the American public by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. Both plans would move the nation significantly toward […] Read more
Paul Baer (1962 — 2016) – Memoriam Paul was one of the first, and one of the most passionate, students I met upon my move from Princeton to Berkeley. Paul played a central role – along with Barbara Haya and Nate Hultman – in working through the science, policy and legal story around an idea […] Read more