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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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 requestsand because you have not read/​found this announce­ment on the RAEL home page).

With our regrets,


RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



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 …

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



September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
September 20, 2017 — Special RAEL ‘Town Hall’ Lunch, “RAEL Research and activism to overcome in a time of division and hate”

Please join us for a spe­cial ‘town hall’ RAEL lunch where we will meet to dis­cuss our research activ­i­ties and oppor­tu­ni­ties in the after­math of ‘con­ser­v­a­tive’ Ben Shapiro’s appear­ance on cam­pus.  This ses­sion is intended to focus on pos­i­tive exam­ples and oppor­tu­ni­ties in our own research, and in what we can do in the future, […]

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Alan Lamont — RAEL Lunch, September 27, “Visualizing cost efficient pathways to a low carbon electric system”

Dr Alan Lam­ont holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engi­neer­ing and PhD in Engi­neer­ing Eco­nomic Sys­tems, all from Stan­ford He is recently retired from Lawrence Liv­er­more National Lab­o­ra­tory, where he was an engi­neer for 29 years.  His work included eco­nomic analy­sis of energy sys­tems, along with risk and deci­sion analy­sis for infra­struc­ture, nuclear facil­i­ties and […]


Modeling the Clean Energy Transition in China

Amid grow­ing California-​​China clean energy part­ner­ships RAEL is part­ner­ing with both research and deploy­ment part­ners in China to accel­er­ate the decar­boniza­tion agenda.  In efforts with Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity, Chongqing Uni­ver­sity, and North China Elec­tric Power Uni­ver­sity, among other aca­d­e­mic part­ners, as well as with local and fed­eral part­ners in China, RAEL is work­ing to accel­er­ate the deploy­ment of elec­tric […] Read more

Published in Yale Environment 360: Taking the Long View: The ‘Forever Legacy’ of Climate Change

Tak­ing the Long View: The ‘For­ever Legacy’ of Cli­mate Change Cli­mate change pro­jec­tions often focus on 2100. But the geo­log­i­cal record shows that unless we rapidly reduce green­house gas emis­sions, we will be lock­ing in dras­tic increases in tem­per­a­tures and sea lev­els that will alter the earth not just for cen­turies, but for mil­len­nia.  By ROB WILDER AND DAN KAMMEN […] Read more

Yale Climate Connections: Wind and solar key in 21st century energy economy

For the arti­cle and video, click here. Eco­nom­ics, tech­nol­ogy, and global pub­lic opin­ion are dri­ving the surge in wind and solar renew­able energy resources, with changes devel­op­ing at a pace few had anticipated. A “rev­o­lu­tion” in use of renew­able energy is embrac­ing not only the elec­tri­cal sec­tor, but also, and increas­ingly, the trans­porta­tion sec­tor, the […] Read more

RAEL team publishes Power sector model for a low-​​carbon Kenya

  Click here for a direct link to the paper, pub­lished in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy (ES&T). Fast grow­ing and emerg­ing economies face the dual chal­lenge of sus­tain­ably expand­ing and improv­ing their energy sup­ply and reli­a­bil­ity while at the same time reduc­ing poverty. Crit­i­cal to such trans­for­ma­tion is to pro­vide afford­able and sus­tain­able access to […] Read more

New Initiative for SDG7: RAEL/​UC Berkeley-​​Berlin Reiner Lemoine Institute Energy Access Group

RAEL looks for­ward to a new part­ner­ship with the Reiner-​​Lemoine Insti­tute in Berlin, Ger­many. On August 28th, RLI and RAEL together will sign a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing on the scope of their part­ner­ship. In this ini­tia­tive, the part­ners have cre­ated the Berkeley-​​Berlin Energy Access Group (BBEAG) headed by Philipp Blechinger and Daniel Kam­men. At RLI, Philipp […] Read more

Resignation from Science Envoy post at the US State Department

For cov­er­age of Prof. Kammen’s res­ig­na­tion from the Sci­ence Envoy posi­tion at the U. S. State Depart­ment, click here. Read more

California scientists push to create massive climate-​​research programme

Cal­i­for­nia has a his­tory of going it alone to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. Now, as US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulls back on cli­mate sci­ence and pol­icy, sci­en­tists in the Golden State are sketch­ing plans for a home-​​grown climate-​​research insti­tute — to the tune of hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars per year. The ini­tia­tive, which is backed by […] Read more

Two-​​factor learning curve published in Nature Energy

RAEL and Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Munich team publish: “Energy stor­age deploy­ment and inno­va­tion for the clean energy tran­si­tion” in Nature Energy.   Access at Nature Energy here. _​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​_​ New Study Find That Energy Stor­age Prices are Falling Faster than Solar PV or Wind Tech­nol­ogy Costs, Out­com­pet­ing Coal and Nat­ural Gas Plants Berke­ley, CA, July 31, […] Read more

Scenarios to decarbonize residential water heating in California

New paper look­ing at the oppor­tu­ni­ties for dra­matic decar­boniza­tion of water heat­ing, pub­lished in Energy Pol­icy, by joint RAEL–Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory team, Shuba Ragha­van, Max Wei & Dan Kam­men. Read more

Actualizing the Vision of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Actu­al­iz­ing the Vision of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Com­mon Home  Round­table at the Pon­tif­i­cal Acad­emy of Sciences Novem­ber 2, 2016   On the Vat­i­can web­site: click here.   Laudato Si’ is a pow­er­ful text, polit­i­cal and poetic, and deeply inspir­ing.  It addresses the most crit­i­cal issues of our time in vision and sub­stance.  It […] Read more

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

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