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 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 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
A debate on the role and future of nuclear power.
Ian Bollinger, THIMBY — exact topic to come, but something related to the design of the energy and water systems in our off-grid tiny house
New York Times coverage of changes in the clean energy industry. It was just last summer that SunEdison was a Wall Street darling, the very air around the fast-growing company seeming to shimmer with potential. SunEdison was, after all, a red-hot company in a red-hot space — renewable energy. Its market capitalization reached nearly $10 […] Read more
Despite many decades of global efforts directed at mass electrification, we have failed to deliver modern electricity services to approximately one-third of the people on Earth. 1.1 billion people continue to live without access to electricity. A further billion have unreliable access. According to the International Energy Agency’s most optimistic scenario for future energy access, […] Read more
FIRST-OF-KIND ENERGY ACCESS RESEARCH AND OUTREACH PROJECT LAUNCHED University of California, Berkeley and the Power for All Campaign Join Forces to Accelerate Energy Access March 31–San Francisco–Today the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), an energy research and international deployment center, and Power for All, a global campaign to advance decentralized […] Read more
Publicado el 23 De Marzo Del 2016 De visita en nuestro país, el experto en energía y académico de la Universidad de Berkeley, aseguró que tenemos una de las poblaciones más educadas y con mayor experiencia en energías renovables en la región, por lo que las posibilidades de manufacturar tecnologías verdes y venderlas a nuestros vecinos son […] Read more
To watch the new Borneo Project video on sustainable energy for Malaysian Borneo, see: “Development without Destruction” Read more
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