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 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.
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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.
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
OAKLAND, CA: JULY 27, 2016: GRID Alternatives has announced a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), to integrate research into GRID Alternatives projects providing solar power to communities around the world that lack access to electricity. RAEL researchers will work with GRID Alternatives staff and partners to study […] Read more
Anne-Petrine’s contribution, ” Operational Viability of a Renewable-Nuclear Mix: Optimizing Electricity Production and Water Desalination Simultaneously” won the best poster award. Read more
Check out the video: https://www.greenbiz.com/video/carbon-accounting-business-requirement Dan Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley and a climate adviser to the Obama administration, discusses the the potential of a carbon tax at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) conference in San Francisco. “If we really want to bend the curve to make the transition, we need everyone to speak the same […] Read more
For the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/business/energy-environment/testing-the-clean-energy-logic-of-a-tesla-solarcity-merger.html?_r=0 Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and chairman of SolarCity, says he wants to create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company” with the merger of the two companies. CreditJustin Sullivan/Getty Images Imagine a world in which every home and building is a miniature power plant, with solar panels on […] Read more
Energy efficiency and clean energy can drive for new job opportunities, shows new Southeast Europe energy roadmap (Brussels, June 15 2016) By investing more in energy efficiency in buildings and switching to efficient technologies, the countries of South East Europe (SEE) could produce new job opportunities, as well as […] Read more
Dan Kammen’s statement in support of the resolution is here. The resolution for the AAUP to consider is below: AAUP Resolution Supporting the United Nations Climate Accord and Campus Divestment At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, over 190 nations negotiated an agreement (not yet legally binding) to limit global warming to less than […] Read more
Providing a jolt of support to power the mini grid market Staff from Mera Gao Power install a solar-powered microgrid in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the donors and policymakers positioned to help the minigrid market realize its potential in emerging markets. Photo by: Anna da Costa / CC BY-NC-ND Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi […] Read more
June 1, 2016 – Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), San Francisco, CA UC-Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL) launches Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development, welcomes David Mozersky as Director. Berkeley and San Francisco, California – David Mozersky has been appointed Founding Director of the Program on Conflict, Climate Change, and Green […] Read more
New York Times coverage of changes in the clean energy industry. It was just last summer that SunEdison was a Wall Street darling, the very air around the fast-growing company seeming to shimmer with potential. SunEdison was, after all, a red-hot company in a red-hot space — renewable energy. Its market capitalization reached nearly $10 […] Read more
Despite many decades of global efforts directed at mass electrification, we have failed to deliver modern electricity services to approximately one-third of the people on Earth. 1.1 billion people continue to live without access to electricity. A further billion have unreliable access. According to the International Energy Agency’s most optimistic scenario for future energy access, […] Read more