Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2017/​2018 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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To prospective RAEL visitors: please read

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.



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



RAEL students, past, present, and future at NREL this summer!

It is great to see a gath­er­ing at NREL of past, present, and future ERG and RAEL students! L to R: Jes­sica Katz (enter­ing ERG stu­dent), Jaque­lin Cochran, and cur­rent stu­dents Emma Tome and Jose Daniel Lara — all at NREL for the sum­mer (and some beyond!) Read more

General Electric reconsiders investment in Lamu coal plant

  From The Star (Kenya), July 19, 2018. The future of the pro­posed Lamu coal plant was cast into doubt on Wednes­day when 56 insti­tu­tional and indi­vid­ual investors with $713 bil­lion (Sh71.3 tril­lion) in assets under man­age­ment asked Gen­eral Elec­tric to pull out. In May, GE, for­merly Gen­eral Elec­tric, agreed to buy a Sh40 bil­lion stake in Amu Power and […] Read more

Strathmore-​​UC Berkeley Energy Access Workshop … and some wildlife safari time.

The Strath­more Energy Research Cen­ter (SERC) and the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley held a joint work­shop on energy research, gov­er­nance, and the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in build­ing an inclu­sive clean energy econ­omy.  This joint activ­ity was sup­ported by both Strath­more Uni­ver­sity and a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Cyber-​​Physical Sys­tems Pro­gram grant to Pro­fes­sors Call­away […] Read more

How to keep the lights on without burning the planet

By Peter Fair­ley TO STAND any chance of halt­ing run­away cli­mate change, we need to squelch car­bon emis­sions down to near zero by mid-​​century. That means get­ting off filthy fos­sil fuels – and fast. Few sci­en­tists would dis­agree with that, but there is pre­cious lit­tle con­sen­sus on how to do it. Nuclear fis­sion power is […] Read more

From physics to environmental science: a natural evolution?

  Physics and envi­ron­men­tal research are more com­pat­i­ble than you might first think. Kate Rav­il­ious talks to three lead­ing physicists-​​turned-​​environmental researchers, to find out about their jour­ney.  For the orig­i­nal arti­cle, click here. How many peo­ple study physics and then go on to forge a career in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences? Per­haps not a huge num­ber, but those who […] Read more

ERG Graduation — Congratulations!

A won­der­ful ERG and RAEL grad­u­a­tion, for sure. But with five (!) RAEL PhD grad­u­ates the lab sure feels depleted! Dr. Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, Dr. Noah Kit­tner, Dr. Nikky Avila & Dan     Dan, Dr. Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, & Prof. Zechun Hu, vis­it­ing from Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing at Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity (infor­mal advi­sor to Anne-​​Perrine and co-​​author on elec­tric vehi­cle […] Read more

New Report: How UC Can Meet Its Ambitious 2025 Carbon Neutrality Goal

The Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia believes it can go car­bon neu­tral by 2025. That means zero car­bon emis­sions from pow­er­ing its build­ings and vehi­cles on all ten cam­puses. But accord­ing to a recent report and related com­men­tary by experts from across the sys­tem in the jour­nal Nature, it could be a tough goal to reach. That’s […] Read more

Dr. Rebekah Shirley provides a roadmap for energy access in “The Conversation”

For the orig­i­nal piece, click here.  by Dr. Rebekah Shirley is Research Direc­tor at Power for All and Vis­it­ing Research Scholar, at the Strath­more Energy Research Cen­ter (SERC) at Strath­more Uni­ver­sity and both alumni and Post-​​doctoral Fel­low at RAEL. At least 110 mil­lion of the 600 mil­lion peo­ple still liv­ing with­out access to elec­tric­ity in Africa live in […] Read more

New RAEL publication highlights Carbon Footprint Planning: Quantifying Local and State Mitigation Opportunities for 700 California Cities

In a new study Chris Jones, Steve Wheeler of UC Davis, and Dan Kam­men detail how consumption-​​​​based green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions inven­to­ries have emerged to describe full life cycle con­tri­bu­tions of house­holds to cli­mate change at coun­try, state and increas­ingly city scales. Using this approach, how much car­bon foot­print abate­ment poten­tial is within the con­trol […] Read more

Profitably Powering the Clean Energy Economy

  Dr. Daniel M. Kam­men, Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Direc­tor of Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) and Chair in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and doc­toral stu­dent Samira Sid­diqui, also of the Subir and Malini Chowd­hury Cen­ter for Bangladesh Stud­ies at UC Berke­ley came to North South Uni­ver­sity on […] Read more

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

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