Welcome To RAEL


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.

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

With our regrets,


RAEL Part of the UC Berkeley Cal Future Forum on Sustainability

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 …

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.










September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
RAEL Lunch (9/​30/​2020), Alan Lamont, “Innovations in energy storage for a carbon-​​neutral economy”

Topic: In look­ing ahead to entirely decar­boniz­ing the elec­tric gen­er­a­tion sys­tem, there is a debate about the use of nuclear gen­er­a­tion.  One school of thought argues that nuclear will be essen­tial to suc­cess­ful decar­boniza­tion, while the other feels that this can be done entirely using renew­able tech­nolo­gies, essen­tially wind and solar.  This research inves­ti­gates the […]


9/​18/​2020: KQED Newsroom, “Climate change and the economic outlook”

To watch the inter­view and dis­cus­sion video, click here on the KQED website. Fight­ing Cli­mate Change Amid Wild­fires, Extreme Weather and Pres­i­den­tial Denial On Mon­day, dur­ing a trip to Cal­i­for­nia, Pres­i­dent Trump refused to acknowl­edge the role cli­mate change has played in gen­er­at­ing wild­fires that have burned more than 3 mil­lion acres and killed at least 26 […] Read more

New RAEL-​​WWF joint piece on clean energy for cul­tural and bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion in the Mekong region. China Dia­log, Sep­tem­ber 2, 2020. For access, click here. And for the ver­sion on the RAEL pages, click here.   Read more

New paper on household cooking and community engagement

New paper by  Annelise Gill-​​Wiehl and Daniel Kam­men in The Beam: Avail­able on the RAEL pub­li­ca­tions website: https://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​/​n​o​w​-​w​e​-​a​r​e​-​c​o​o​k​i​n​g​-​w​i​t​h​-​g​a​s​-​h​o​w​-​i​n​t​e​r​d​i​s​c​i​p​l​i​n​a​r​y​-​s​o​l​u​t​i​o​n​s​-​a​n​d​-​l​o​c​a​l​-​o​u​t​r​e​a​c​h​-​c​a​n​-​l​i​g​h​t​-​a​-​f​i​r​e​-​u​n​d​e​r​-​c​l​e​a​n​-​s​t​o​v​e​-​a​d​o​p​t​i​on/       Read more

August 24, 2020, Energy Transition Dialog, ‘Two minute Warning’

Watch the conversation: YouTube — https://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​tch?v=79YwbcE1Zqk&feature=youtu.be Read more

Lessons From 2009 for a Green Stimulus Today

Lessons From 2009 for a Green Stim­u­lus Today EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT AUGUST 10, 2020 For the orig­i­nal: https://​www​.green​tech​me​dia​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​r​e​a​d​/​w​h​a​t​-​a​-​n​e​w​-​g​r​e​e​n​-​s​t​i​m​u​l​u​s​-​c​a​n​-​l​e​a​r​n​-​f​r​o​m​-​2​009   A clean-​​energy com­pany funded through a Depart­ment of Energy loan recently filed for bankruptcy. Tonopah Solar Energy, the builder of a 110-​​megawatt con­cen­trated solar power site, joined the ranks of bank­rupt Solyn­dra and Abound Solar. Those com­pa­nies all received money […] Read more

Rolling blackouts called off as California grid stabilizes amid heat wave

Rolling black­outs called off as Cal­i­for­nia grid sta­bi­lizes amid heat wave Court­ney Friel & Kim­berly Cheng, Asso­ci­ated Press, Aug 17, 2020 For the original: https://​ktla​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​c​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​/​g​o​v​-​n​e​w​s​o​m​-​d​e​m​a​n​d​s​-​p​r​o​b​e​-​o​f​-​r​o​l​l​i​n​g​-​b​l​a​c​k​o​u​t​s​-​a​m​i​d​-​h​e​a​t​-​w​a​ve/ Wide­spread black­outs to reduce pres­sure on the elec­tric grid were averted Mon­day night after reg­u­la­tors warned ear­lier in the day that they would not have enough power to meet demand in the midst of a heat wave. […] Read more

Q&A: California’s new electricity-​​blackout challenge

Q&A: California’s new electricity-​​blackout challenge Michael Liedtke, Asso­ci­ated Press Busi­ness Writer, Wednes­day, August 19, 2020 For the orig­i­nal article: https://​www​.stam​for​dad​vo​cate​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​A​P​-​E​x​p​l​a​i​n​s​-​C​a​l​i​f​o​r​n​i​a​-​s​-​p​o​w​e​r​-​o​u​t​a​g​e​s​-​p​o​s​e​-​n​e​w​-​1​5​4​9​6​3​8​3​.​php BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As if the pan­demic and eco­nomic reces­sion weren’t bad enough, mil­lions of Cal­i­for­ni­ans now face recur­ring threats of abrupt black­outs dur­ing a heat wave in the nation’s most pop­u­lous state. California’s Inde­pen­dent Sys­tem […] Read more

Donald Trump and California: A battle of wildfires and wills

How fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent views about cli­mate change and a green econ­omy could influ­ence vot­ers in the 2020 election. by Bob Abeshouse, Al Jazeera.  For the orig­i­nal click here. At the UN Cli­mate Action Sum­mit in New York last Sep­tem­ber, Gov­er­nor New­som pointed out that: “Cal­i­for­nia is sig­nif­i­cantly out­per­form­ing the United States of Amer­ica in GDP growth […] Read more

A Totally Green Electric Grid Will Dramatically Speed Up Climate Action

July 28, Bloomberg News: Read more at: https://​www​.bloombergquint​.com/​b​u​s​i​n​e​s​s​/​w​h​a​t​-​t​h​e​-​w​o​r​l​d​-​g​e​t​s​-​i​f​-​u​-​s​-​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​i​t​y​-​b​e​c​o​m​e​s​-​1​0​0​-​g​r​een Today, 40% of America’s elec­tric­ity comes from carbon-​​free sources. The Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has made get­ting that to 100% by 2035 a cen­ter­piece of his $2 tril­lion plan to address cli­mate change and cre­ate jobs. Get­ting there would take an enor­mous expan­sion of solar and wind capac­ity […] Read more

June 7, 2020 — The Daily Nation (Kenya) “Covid-​​19 locks Kenya’s future in green energy”

For the orig­i­nal June 7, 2020, piece in The Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), click here. By Daniel Kam­men & Khadija Famau & Joseph Odongo On May 28 the World Bank, Inter­na­tional Energy Agency, World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, and the Inter­na­tional Agency for Renew­able Energy all issued a joint statement.That does not hap­pen very often, and their announce­ment is big […] Read more

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

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