Welcome to the 2018/2019 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.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 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 requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
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 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.
Mission: The mission of the Navajo Sustainability Symposium is to engage business, academia, communities, NGOs and others in active discussion of the issues of sustainability for the Navajo Nation including, but not limited to, sustainable business practices, sustainable energy transitions, energy conservation, adopting and implementing sustainable practices, creating sustainable neighborhoods, water conservation and purity, natural […]
For the original Washington Post, story, click here. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — At the end of a cul-de-sac called Fresh Way, two bright green structures the size of shipping containers gleam in the warm sunlight, quietly sucking from the air the carbon dioxide that is warming the planet. One structure houses computer monitors and controls. Atop the […] Read more
The jury’s still out, but the evidence is in. Diego Aguilar-Canabal, Editor in Chief, The Bay City Beacon For the original article, click here. People are dying on the streets of San Francisco: in tents, on crosswalks, and on bikes. While not alike in circumstance nor cause, these tragedies share one similarity: they are entirely preventable deaths, with complementary policies […] Read more
For a direct link to the article in Scientific American, click here. Highland Park’s streetlights were torn out in 2011 because the predominantly black Detroit suburb couldn’t pay its electricity bill after the 2008 economic downturn. Today street lamps once again cast reassuring pools of light—and this time they are cheaper, because they harvest the energy […] Read more
Summary: Energy poverty, is arguably the most pervasive and crippling threat society faces today. Lack of access impacts several billion people, with immediate health, educational, economic, and social damages. Furthermore, how this problem is addressed will result in the largest accelerant of global pollution, or the largest opportunity to pivot away from fossil-fuels onto the needed clean energy […] Read more
For the free version under rael.berkeley.edu publications, click here. For The New York Times, click here. Read more
Since August 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State forcing over half a million of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atrocities. This mass migration has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The Chowdhury […] Read more
HYDROELECTRIC dams are not the answer to sustained power generation, said a former US State Department science envoy, calling them an attempt to “steal” from Malaysians. Daniel Kammen, in an op-ed previewing the topics to be discussed at the Clean Energy Collaboration conference in Kuching next week, said future energy requirements for Malaysia, and Sarawak […] Read more
Congratulations to Serena Patel, Energy Engineering and RAEL student, for her work on community energy in Kenya — winner of the People’s Choice Award at the recent Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative 2019 Summit! Back to Africa next summer for more research, too! and for an up-close view of her work on clean energy and mini-grid development, […] Read more
James Ellsmor, Author Article appeared in Forbes, January 28, 2019 Solar power is a quickly growing energy source in the United States, offering important financial benefits to households. However, a new study shows that many Americans lack access to solar power. The report published in Nature Sustainability by researchers from Tufts University and the University of California […] Read more
Not everyone is benefiting equally from the availability of new solar energy technologies, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Tufts University shows. To access and download the paper, click here. By combining remote sensing data from Google’s Project Sunroof with census tract information, the researchers discovered significant racial disparities in the adoption of rooftop solar photovoltaics. […] Read more