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.
The National Geographic, July 1, 2015 — Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened by Hydropower Dams, Study Finds By Wendy Koch, National Geographic - PUBLISHED JULY 01, 2015 As countries build more hydropower projects, new research warns that massive dams pose an extinction threat to mammals, birds and tortoises—at least in the Amazon. Brazil’s Balbina Dam has turned what was once undisturbed forest […] Read more
Media coverage of the press conference includes: The Borneo Post, June 29, 2015 - Borneo May See the End of Mega-Dams The Malaysian Insider, June 29, 2015 - Activists say Adenan rethinking mega dams policy in Sarawak Free Malaysia Today, June 29, 2015 - Adenan May Drop Mega Dam Projects The Maylay Mail, June 29, 2015 - CM pulls the brakes on […] Read more
ECPA Senior Fellow Contributes to Pope Francis’s Encyclical June 19, 2015—Thursday, June 18, Pope Francis released his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, a groundbreaking letter declaring climate change one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Dr. Dan Kammen, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner who also serves as a Senior Fellow to the Energy and Climate Partnership […] Read more
http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2015/06/climate-report-introduces-sobriety-paris-talks Recent pledges by individual nations to cut greenhouse gases would buy the world only a little time—roughly 8 months—before it continues on its current course of global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in a new report. Even with the new pledges—made by about a dozen countries in the run-up […] Read more
Piece from the Huffington Post and Yale360: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/15/california-clean-energy_n_7578810.html This story was first published by Yale Environment 360. Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden State so […] Read more
The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University has a great issue of their magazine Imagine, about energy issues, energy access, and energy projects by students from around the world. The short piece I wrote for them, “Energy to change the world” is available there, and on the RAEL publications page. You can access […] Read more
Berkeley Student Blog (Clog) What are you doing this summer? Taking a class online? Interning from 9 to 5? Traveling a little? This summer, the California-Renewable and Adaptive Energy, or CAL-RAE, team will be helping with the construction of a solar microgrid system in Uganda. UC Berkeley students Jalel Sager, Jonathan Lee and Austin Cappon will install […] Read more
Article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/surge_in_renewables_remakes_californias_energy_landscape/2879/ Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. by Cheryl Katz Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs […] Read more
Nature Climate Change (5 June issue) publishes a discussion of the scope, costs, and benefits of biomass energy with carbon capture. See the publications page for this new conversation. Read more