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.
RAEL and partners at the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy published a paper in American Scientist, on the role of the clean energy revolution in preserving the world’s great rivers. Read it here. The original is here. Read more
National Science Foundation SUPERB (Summer Undergraduate Program In Engineering at Berkeley) scholar Francesca Giardine worked with Dennis Best in RAEL on clean energy for under-served communities for the 2019 Summer. Here she is presenting her research. Have a great year back at Smith College! Read more
For the original: click here: https://www.kqed.org/science/1946219/july-was-the-hottest-month-ever-recorded. In the latest sign the Earth is undergoing unprecedented warming, European scientists said Monday that July was the hottest month ever recorded. ‘We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer.‘United Nations Secretary General António Guterres […] Read more
Monday, July 29, 2019 For the podcast, listen or download at https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Read more
For US News & World Report, click here. by Alan Neuhauser WHEN A CANADIAN STARTUP announced this spring that it would soon begin building a new type of facility that could remove carbon dioxide from the air, it sparked considerable fanfare. Headlines declared the project, which this spring won $68 million in financing, a “potential solution […] Read more
The landmark deal worked out between California and four major automakers for more fuel efficient cars isn’t just good for the environment — it could also be good for car companies’ bottom lines. For the audio: click here. Two sets of rules for vehicle emissions — one federal and one for California — would be bad for […] Read more
In the wake of the historic vote by University of California faculty to divest from fossil fuels, California Magazine is re-running a 2014 article where action leading to the divestment vote took off. Daniel Kammen’s Op Ed, “UC’s investments in fossil fuels are hurting the planet”, in the Daily Californian from December 3, 2013 is here. That […] Read more
Originally published in Mongabay: In a comment article published in the Nature last month, scientists argue that an “energy future in which both people and rivers thrive” is possible with better planning. The hydropower development projects now underway threaten the world’s last free-flowing rivers, posing severe threats to local human communities and the species that […] Read more
For a link to the publication, click here. For a direct link to the publication in Nature, click here. Read more
Deborah Sunter, Ph.D., spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Postdoctoral Research Award Program. Sunter’s research explored and expanded a modeling platform designed to help evaluate and meet the United States’ growing energy demands. Her research and contributions have been […] Read more