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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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,


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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.










Sam Miles contributes to a new assessment report, “Digitalising Innovative Finance: Emerging instruments for early– stage innovators in low– and middle-​​income countries”

For the report, click here.   Exec­u­tive summary Dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies play a sig­nif­i­cant role in unlock­ing the poten­tial of inno­v­a­tive financ­ing mech­a­nisms across the util­i­ties sec­tors in Africa and Asia. Across these sec­tors, access to cap­i­tal is a major chal­lenge, par­tic­u­larly when enter­prises have out­grown grant fund­ing but do not have the scale to tap into […] Read more

US, China [can] cooperate on green energy in rural areas

For the orig­i­nal click here, or nav­i­gate to China Daily:  https://​www​.chi​nadaily​.com​.cn/​a​/​2​0​2​3​1​0​/​1​6​/​W​S​6​5​2​c​9​1​0​d​a​3​1​0​9​0​6​8​2​a​5​e​8​a​e​b​.​h​tml   US, China coop­er­ate on green energy in rural areas By MINGMEI LI in New York | Xinhua |  Inno­va­tion in rural area-​​green energy devel­op­ment and boost­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between the United States and China in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are being empha­sized at a “smart vil­lage” forum. More […] Read more

Half of Americans can’t install solar panels. Here’s how they can plug into the sun.

Half of Amer­i­cans can’t install solar panels. Here’s how they can plug into the sun. Advice by Michael J. Coren, Cli­mate Advice Colum­nist, The Wash­ing­ton Post Octo­ber 10, 2023  (for the orig­i­nal in The Wash­ing­ton Post, click here.) https://​www​.wash​ing​ton​post​.com/​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​-​e​n​v​i​r​o​n​m​e​n​t​/​2​0​2​3​/​1​0​/​1​0​/​c​o​m​m​u​n​i​t​y​-​s​o​l​a​r​-​r​e​n​t​e​r​s​-​a​p​a​r​t​m​e​n​t​s​-​d​i​s​c​o​u​n​t​e​d​-​e​l​e​c​t​r​i​c​i​ty/ No roof, no solar power. That has been the dispir­it­ing equa­tion shut­ting out roughly half of all Amer­i­cans from plug­ging into the sun. But sign­ing up […] Read more

ERG COLLOQUIUM — The Power of Health: Accelerating the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

—————————————————————-ERG Col­lo­quium———————————————————— Sep­tem­ber 20, 2023 Loca­tion: 141 Gian­nini Hall, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley Time: 16:00 — 17:30 PDT Title: The Power of Health: Accel­er­at­ing the 2030 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals Sum­mary: Clean energy is under­go­ing a cost and per­for­mance rev­o­lu­tion, and health, social andgender-​​justice crises across Africa are explod­ing. With that back­ground, how do we rapidlyand with resilience accel­er­ate progress […] Read more

New USC The Business of Green podcast

https://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​f​1​Q​O​-​u​B​c​x​1​g​&​a​m​p​;​t​=​1​10s Read more

Why what happened to Oppenheimer then is relevant now

Timed for pub­li­ca­tion with the release of the movie Oppen­heimer, we pub­lished an arti­cle on pub­lic ser­vice by sci­en­tists, a the I-​​M-​​P-​​E-​​A-​​C-​​H let­ter when Prof. Kam­men left the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion, a piece in The Bul­letin of the Atomic Sci­en­tists, is now avail­able (open access): https://thebulletin.org/premium/2023–07/why-what-happened-to-oppenheimer-then-is-relevant-now/ The full col­lec­tion of arti­cles is online at: https://thebulletin.org/magazine/2023–07/   To down­load […] Read more

From Sun to Sustainability: The Journey of Solar Panel Recycling

https://​penin​su​la​press​.com/​2​0​2​3​/​0​6​/​1​3​/​f​r​o​m​-​s​u​n​-​t​o​-​s​u​s​t​a​i​n​a​b​i​l​i​t​y​-​t​h​e​-​j​o​u​r​n​e​y​-​o​f​-​s​o​l​a​r​-​p​a​n​e​l​-​r​e​c​y​c​l​i​ng/   The grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of solar pan­els has brought atten­tion to a crit­i­cal issue: the chal­lenge of recy­cling these devices at the end of their lifespan. Cal­i­for­nia has become a sig­nif­i­cant hub for solar panel instal­la­tions, lead­ing the way in the adop­tion of solar energy within the United States. With a cur­rent installed capac­ity […] Read more

Climate Change is an Energy Problem. Here’s How We Solve It.

For the Cal­i­for­nia Mag­a­zine arti­cle, click here.   Count on come­di­ans to nail the zeitgeist. I’m think­ing of comics like Marc Maron, whose act riffs off exis­ten­tial pain points like mor­tal­ity, anti­semitism, the delam­i­nat­ing geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, and, of course, that multi­gi­ga­ton car­bon ele­phant in the room, cli­mate change. “The rea­son we’re not more upset about the world […] Read more

A Fruitvale Microgrid Could Inspire Resiliency if Approved

A Fruit­vale Micro­grid Could Inspire Resiliency — if Approved by Sachi Mulkey | May 16, 2023 A Con­trib­u­tor from our Next-​​Gen Inspi­ra­tion Team For the orig­i­nal, click here. Two dozen homes in Oakland’s Fruit­vale neigh­bor­hood are band­ing together to give their block a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind sus­tain­abil­ity makeover. The EcoBlock, a UC Berke­ley research project col­lab­o­rat­ing with the com­mu­nity, aims […] Read more

AP: Leaders gather in Paris to accelerate wringing more out of every ounce of fuel

By BRITTANY PETERSON and DREW COSTLEY For the orig­i­nal, click here. As 30 energy envi­ron­ment and trade min­is­ters plus 50 CEOs assem­ble in Paris for the 8th inter­na­tional con­fer­ence on energy effi­ciency, the Inter­na­tional Energy Agency is urgently call­ing for greater invest­ment in energy effi­ciency for fac­to­ries, cars and appli­ances to meet inter­na­tional cli­mate goals. The agency […] Read more

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

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