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
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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 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.
Daniel Kammen (UCB) and Linda Rudolph (Public Health Institute) Everything You Wanted to Know about Climate Change but Were Afraid to Ask *6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 15, 2016 — MJC West Campus Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center
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 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
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
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
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
27 OCT 2015: Yale E360 SPECIAL REPORT African Lights: Microgrids Are Bringing Power to Rural Kenya Small-scale microgrids are increasingly seen as the most promising way to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently lack it. In Kenya, an innovative solar company is using microgrids and smart meters to deliver power to villages […] Read more
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
September 29, 20115 http://abc7news.com/automotive/teslas-first-suv-the-model-x-to-make-its-debut/1008623/ 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
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
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