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



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.



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



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

GRID Alternatives and RAEL partner on research to improve off-​​grid electricity access in remote areas

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

Congratulations Anne-​​Perrine Avrin — best poster award at the US-​​China Green Energy Summit

  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

Make Carbon Pricing a Business Requirement

Check out the video: https://​www​.green​biz​.com/​v​i​d​e​o​/​c​a​r​b​o​n​-​a​c​c​o​u​n​t​i​n​g​-​b​u​s​i​n​e​s​s​-​r​e​q​u​i​r​e​m​ent 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

New York Times: Testing the Clean-​​Energy Logic of a Tesla-​​SolarCity Merger

For the full article: http://​www​.nytimes​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​6​/​2​4​/​b​u​s​i​n​e​s​s​/​e​n​e​r​g​y​-​e​n​v​i​r​o​n​m​e​n​t​/​t​e​s​t​i​n​g​-​t​h​e​-​c​l​e​a​n​-​e​n​e​r​g​y​-​l​o​g​i​c​-​o​f​-​a​-​t​e​s​l​a​-​s​o​l​a​r​c​i​t​y​-​m​e​r​g​e​r​.​h​t​m​l​?​_​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

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

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University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3050
Phone: (510) 642-1640
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Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu


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