Welcome To RAEL


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 New RAEL Website

We hope you enjoy our new web­site! We are in the process of fill­ing in and trans­fer­ring con­tent from the old site. If you don’t see what you’re look­ing for please visit the old web­site while we get things sorted. Thank you.
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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.


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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



New York Times coverage, “Renewable Energy Stumbles Toward the Future”, April 22, 2016

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

Video of The University of Waterloo /​ Perimeter Institute Summit on “Open Access” Energy

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


FIRST-​​OF-​​KIND ENERGY ACCESS RESEARCH AND OUTREACH PROJECT LAUNCHED Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley and the Power for All Campaign Join Forces to Accel­er­ate Energy Access March 31–San Fran­cisco–Today the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley’s Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL), an energy research and inter­na­tional deploy­ment cen­ter, and Power for All, a global cam­paign to advance decen­tral­ized […] Read more

Chile no necesita subsidios para las ERNC y puede exportarlas”

Pub­li­cado el 23 De Marzo Del 2016 De visita en nue­stro país, el experto en energía y académico de la Uni­ver­si­dad de Berke­ley, ase­guró que ten­emos una de las pobla­ciones más edu­cadas y con mayor expe­ri­en­cia en energías ren­ov­ables en la región, por lo que las posi­bil­i­dades de man­u­fac­turar tec­nologías verdes y vender­las a nue­stros veci­nos son […] Read more

Sustainable energy projects in Malaysian Borneo “Development without Destruction”

To watch the new Bor­neo Project video on sus­tain­able energy for Malaysian Bor­neo, see: “Devel­op­ment with­out Destruc­tion” Read more

Bending the Curve report published

These 10 prag­matic, scal­able solu­tions — all of which can be imple­mented imme­di­ately and expanded rapidly — will clean our air and keep global warm­ing under 2 degrees Cel­sius and, at the same time, pro­vide breath­ing room for the world to fully tran­si­tion to car­bon neu­tral­ity in the com­ing decades. More detail on each solu­tion […] Read more

Meet the Berkeley burners trying to hack climate change

Meet the Berke­ley burn­ers try­ing to hack cli­mate change The birth­place of a machine that could bring clean power to the devel­op­ing world and knock a tiny dent in global warm­ing looks like a junk­yard on the edge of a port. Old ship­ping con­tain­ers and metal scraps crowd the West Berke­ley lot of All Power Labs. Pro­to­types […] Read more

Video abstract of the new paper, “Evidence and future scenarios of a low-​​​​carbon energy transition in Central America: A case study in Nicaragua”

A video abstract for the new RAEL publication, ” “Evi­dence and future sce­nar­ios of a low-​​​​carbon energy tran­si­tion in Cen­tral Amer­ica: A case study in Nicaragua” in Envi­ron­men­tal Research Let­ters is now available Watch the video abstract here. Read more

Keystone XL pipeline rejection signals US taking lead on climate change fight

In The Guardian (Novem­ber 7, 2015) The sym­bol­ism was every­thing. Stand­ing before a por­trait of Teddy Roo­sevelt, the con­ser­va­tion­ist pres­i­dent who 104 years ago busted the Stan­dard Oil monop­oly, Barack Obama made his own tilt at an envi­ron­men­tal legacy. The pro­posed 1,179-mile Key­stone XL pipeline, which Obama rejected on Fri­day, would have borne more than 800,000 bar­rels of excep­tion­ally high-​​carbon oil […] Read more

Decarbonizing Energy Systems: Addressing Climate Change Cooperatively

Lec­ture by Dr. Daniel Kammen — Decar­boniz­ing Energy Sys­tems: Address­ing Cli­mate Change Cooperatively   Pub­lished on Oct 27, 2015 This lec­ture took place on Octo­ber 23, 2015 and was spon­sored by the San Juan Islands Con­ser­va­tion District. Read more

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

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