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
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
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
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
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
The entire package of Exploring Energy videos is available here: https://www.calacademy.org/educators/exploring-energy–designing-a-brighter-future And the two individual videos where RAEL filmed segments are: https://www.calacademy.org/educators/nuclear-energy-is–fission-the-future https://www.calacademy.org/educators/buses-and-biofuels–sustainable-transportation Read more
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
OAKLAND, CA: JULY 27, 2016: GRID Alternatives has announced a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), to integrate research into GRID Alternatives projects providing solar power to communities around the world that lack access to electricity. RAEL researchers will work with GRID Alternatives staff and partners to study […] Read more
Anne-Petrine’s contribution, ” Operational Viability of a Renewable-Nuclear Mix: Optimizing Electricity Production and Water Desalination Simultaneously” won the best poster award. Read more
Check out the video: https://www.greenbiz.com/video/carbon-accounting-business-requirement Dan Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley and a climate adviser to the Obama administration, discusses the the potential of a carbon tax at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) conference in San Francisco. “If we really want to bend the curve to make the transition, we need everyone to speak the same […] Read more
For the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/business/energy-environment/testing-the-clean-energy-logic-of-a-tesla-solarcity-merger.html?_r=0 Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and chairman of SolarCity, says he wants to create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company” with the merger of the two companies. CreditJustin Sullivan/Getty Images Imagine a world in which every home and building is a miniature power plant, with solar panels on […] Read more