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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A New RAEL Website

We hope you enjoy our new web­site! We are in the process of fill­ing in and trans­fer­ring con­tent from the old site. If you don’t see what you’re look­ing for please visit the old web­site while we get things sorted. Thank you.
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RAEL student Rebekah Shirley in Borneo to promote sustainable energy solutions



Blockade at the Baram dam

Block­ade at the Baram dam


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 …

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.Kammen-Ny Alesund - Norway.jpg


April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS)

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


Bending the Curve report published

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

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

Video abstract of the new paper, “Evidence and future scenarios of a low-​​​​carbon energy transition in Central America: A case study in Nicaragua”

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

Keystone XL pipeline rejection signals US taking lead on climate change fight

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

Decarbonizing Energy Systems: Addressing Climate Change Cooperatively

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

African Lights: Microgrids Are Bringing Power to Rural Kenya

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

California Leads a Quiet Revolution — International New York Times

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

The release of the Tesla Model X

Sep­tem­ber 29, 20115 http://​abc7news​.com/​a​u​t​o​m​o​t​i​v​e​/​t​e​s​l​a​s​-​f​i​r​s​t​-​s​u​v​-​t​h​e​-​m​o​d​e​l​-​x​-​t​o​-​m​a​k​e​-​i​t​s​-​d​e​b​u​t​/​1​0​0​8​6​23/ 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

Pope Francis’s global metaphor for wealth and climate

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

To add/​delete yourself from the RAEL mailing list

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

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