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



Blockade at the Baram dam

Block­ade at the Baram dam


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 …

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.Kammen-Ny Alesund - Norway.jpg


California Leads a Quiet Revolution — International New York Times

From: Inter­na­tional New York Times, Octo­ber 5, 2015 BERKELEY, Cal­i­for­nia — Cal­i­for­nia is cruis­ing toward its 2020 goal for increas­ing renew­able energy and is set­ting far more ambi­tious tar­gets for the future. Its large-​​scale solar arrays pro­duced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states com­bined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thou­sands […] Read more

The release of the Tesla Model X

Sep­tem­ber 29, 20115 http://​abc7news​.com/​a​u​t​o​m​o​t​i​v​e​/​t​e​s​l​a​s​-​f​i​r​s​t​-​s​u​v​-​t​h​e​-​m​o​d​e​l​-​x​-​t​o​-​m​a​k​e​-​i​t​s​-​d​e​b​u​t​/​1​0​0​8​6​23/ The very first cus­tomers who bought Tesla’s new brand new SUV, will get to drive them away Tues­day night. The Tesla Model X is pricey, but right now, gas is not. Gas prices could be putting the future of elec­tric cars in danger. Tesla’s Mod­elX will be the tech­nol­ogy motor company’s lux­ury SUV […] Read more

Pope Francis’s global metaphor for wealth and climate

NPR Piece with Scott Tong on the Cli­mate Encycli­cal (Sep­tem­ber 22, 2015) Pope Fran­cis, in speak­ing about cli­mate change this week, is likely to use the term “global north and south.” The term isn’t heard much in the United States. But it is the pontiff’s view of where the world’s wealth tends to be, and where […] Read more

To add/​delete yourself from the RAEL mailing list

You can add your­self to the group at this link: https://​groups​.google​.com/​f​o​r​u​m​/​#​!​f​o​r​u​m​/​r​a​e​l​-​b​e​r​k​e​l​e​y​-​l​ist rael-​berkeley-​list@​googlegroups.​com Read more

Kammen & Kittner in The Economist: ‘Energy in the Balkans’

http://​www​.econ​o​mist​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​l​e​t​t​e​r​s​/​2​1​6​6​4​0​4​7​-​l​e​t​t​e​r​s​-​e​d​i​tor Energy in the Balkans One crit­i­cal way to expe­dite EU inte­gra­tion of the Balkans (“Knock­ing on Heav­ens Door”, August 29th) is to start by build­ing an inte­grated energy sys­tem com­pli­ant with EU envi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions. The pro­posed coal-​​fired power plant in Kosovo remains a prime exam­ple of a project that could set back […] Read more

KQED-​​Radio: Stronger Climate Regulations Make Their Way to State Assembly

KQED Radio (FM 88.5) — Cal­i­for­nia and the 50/​50/​50 Cli­mate Plan As Pres­i­dent Obama sells his cli­mate agenda to the nation, state leg­is­la­tors in Cal­i­for­nia are set to vote on a pack­age of bills that aim to reduce green­house gas emis­sions and cut petro­leum use in half. Gov. Jerry Brown and many high-​​profile state Democ­rats say […] Read more

Kosovo’s Battle for Clean Air and Energy

  From the Huff­in­g­ton Post: Last year, $28 bil­lion was col­lec­tively spent on cli­mate finance from six large mul­ti­lat­eral devel­op­ment banks (MDBs). That’s no small feat, but 2,100 new coal plants slated for con­struc­tion world­wide threaten to push us over our global 2°C car­bon bud­get: 276 gigawatts are cur­rently under con­struc­tion and another 1,000 gigawatts are in dif­fer­ent plan­ning […] Read more

The Energy Transition in Kosovo (in Thai)

For cov­er­age of the work RAEL is doing in South­east Europe, see this new blog post by Noah Kit­tner (writ­ten in Thai) to build the con­ver­sa­tion about energy transitions. Noah Kit­tner in Prizren Cas­tle, Kosovo Read more

Companies eye profits in renewable energy

Al Jazeera Amer­ica (August 24, 2015) Com­pa­nies eye prof­its in renew­able energy Read more

July 2015 the Hottest Month on Record

KTVU TV segment: Tem­per­a­tures set all time records in July   Read more

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

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University of California
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