Welcome To RAEL

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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 to 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,

Dan

RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions

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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.

 

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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

Miss­ing:

Anne-​​Perrine Avrin, Diego Ponce de Leon, Juan-​​Pablo Car­vallo, Patri­cia Hidalgo-​​Gonzalez

 

News

KQED Forum (November 21, 2016): Fighting Climate Change Amid a Trump Presidency

To listen or download the podcast: Fight­ing Cli­mate Change Amid a Trump Presidency Guests: Paul Rogers, man­ag­ing edi­tor, KQED Sci­ence; envi­ron­ment writer, San Jose Mer­cury News Dan Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy, UC Berke­ley; direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory at UC Berke­ley Dr. Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty direc­tor, Stan­ford Woods Insti­tute for the Environment Read more

Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa’s Future?

Novem­ber 2, 2016 — Sci­en­tific American With prices for renew­ables drop­ping, many coun­tries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future At the thresh­old of the Sahara Desert near Ouarza­zate, Morocco, some 500,000 par­a­bolic mir­rors run in neat rows across a val­ley, mov­ing slowly in uni­son as the Sun sweeps […] Read more

Can Networked Knowledge Help Communities Thrive on a Turbulent Planet?

Arti­cle by Andy Revkin: Arti­cle URL:  Sci­ence has long been focused mainly on knowl­edge fron­tiers, with uni­ver­si­ties often seem­ing to track “impact fac­tors” of pub­lished papers more than a researcher’s impact in the real word. But there’s been a wel­come effort, of late, par­tic­u­larly in fields rel­e­vant to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, to shift pri­or­i­ties toward help­ing com­mu­ni­ties […] Read more

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty

RAEL joins col­leagues from the Over­seas Devel­op­ment Insti­tute, CAFOD, Chris­t­ian Aid, Oxfam, Prac­ti­cal Action, Tierra Digna, The Coun­cil for Energy, Envi­ron­ment & Water, IESR, and the Insti­tute for Devel­op­ment Studies. An  Op Ed on the report appeared in the blog, The Hill, and can be accessed here. The full report is avail­able here.     Read more

Now in Scientific American: Exposed — The Climate Fallacy of 2100

  Exposed: The Cli­mate Fal­lacy of 2100 If we do not plan, now, to limit car­bon emis­sions beyond this cen­tury, we will fool­ishly raise the oceans dra­mat­i­cally for thou­sands of years By Robert Wilder, Daniel M. Kam­men on Octo­ber 19, 2016 Credit: BRAD GREENLEE Flickr, CC BY 2.0 It’s shock­ing for me (Robert) to accept that my home could be wiped out by greatly […] Read more

We’re placing far too much hope in pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, scientists warn

        The Wash­ing­ton Post, Octo­ber 13, “We’re plac­ing far too much hope in pulling car­bon diox­ide out of the air, sci­en­tists warn” In the past decade, an ambi­tious — but still mostly hypo­thet­i­cal — tech­no­log­i­cal strat­egy for meet­ing our global cli­mate goals has grown promi­nent in sci­en­tific dis­cus­sions. Known as “neg­a­tive emis­sions,” the idea is to remove […] Read more

What’s at Stake for the Climate in the 2016 Election? Everything

The choice between Hillary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump holds U.S. cli­mate pol­icy, and the Paris agree­ment, in the bal­ance. BY MARIANNE LAVELLE, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS Fol­low­ing the first pres­i­den­tial debate between Hillary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump, the gulf between the can­di­dates has never seemed deeper, per­haps most alarm­ingly so on cli­mate change. The elec­tion shapes up […] Read more

TECHNOLOGY: Inside solar’s secret society

Arti­cle link here. TECHNOLOGY: Inside solar’s secret society David Fer­ris, E&E reporter Ener­gy­Wire: Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 6, 2016 A group of lead­ers in the solar indus­try have been hold­ing secret meet­ings for the last 14 years, strate­giz­ing how to make solar the dom­i­nant source of energy on Earth. Called the Solar Cir­cle, it is a quiet sort of brain […] Read more

RAEL and the California Academy of Sciences collaborate the ‘Exploring Energy’ Video Series

The entire pack­age of Explor­ing Energy videos is avail­able here: https://​www​.cala​cad​emy​.org/educators/​exploring-​​energy–designing-​​a-​​brighter-​​future And the two indi­vid­ual videos where RAEL filmed seg­ments are: https://​www​.cala​cad​emy​.org/educators/​nuclear-​​energy-​​is–fission-​​the-​​future https://​www​.cala​cad​emy​.org/educators/​buses-​​and-​​biofuels–sustainable-​​transportation Read more

The Borneo Post: Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan gets praise from professor Kammen

The Bor­neo Post, August 17: KUCHING: Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem’s move to can­cel the plans to con­struct Baram dam has earned him­self com­pli­ments from Dr Daniel M Kam­men, a dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor of renew­able energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley. Speak­ing on the side­lines of a lun­cheon talk on ‘Build­ing alter­na­tive […] Read more

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

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