Welcome To RAEL


Wel­come to the 2018/​2019 aca­d­e­mic year: 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 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,


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.










No need to dam free flowing rivers to meet worlds climate and energy targets

Orig­i­nally pub­lished in Mongabay: In a com­ment arti­cle pub­lished in the Nature last month, sci­en­tists argue that an “energy future in which both peo­ple and rivers thrive” is pos­si­ble with bet­ter planning. The hydropower devel­op­ment projects now under­way threaten the world’s last free-​​flowing rivers, pos­ing severe threats to local human com­mu­ni­ties and the species that […] Read more

Deploy diverse renewables to save tropical rivers” published in Nature

For a link to the pub­li­ca­tion, click here.   For a direct link to the pub­li­ca­tion in Nature, click here.   Read more

Prof. Deborah Sunter profiled by the US Department of Energy

Deb­o­rah Sunter, Ph.D., spent two years as a post­doc­toral fel­low with the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy Office of Energy Effi­ciency and Renew­able Energy in the Post­doc­toral Research Award Pro­gram. Sunter’s research explored and expanded a mod­el­ing plat­form designed to help eval­u­ate and meet the United States’ grow­ing energy demands. Her research and con­tri­bu­tions have been […] Read more

KQED Newsroom: Dan Kammen and Tom Steyer talk climate change with Thuy Vu

KQED News­room, May 10, 2019 Go to the 17:45 mark to watch the cli­mate change seg­ment: click here Or, here is the link: https://​www​.kqed​.org/​n​e​w​s​/​1​1​7​4​6​2​9​8​/​g​o​v​e​r​n​o​r​-​g​a​v​i​n​-​n​e​w​s​o​m​-​u​b​e​r​-​i​p​o​-​a​n​d​-​b​a​c​k​l​a​s​h​-​c​l​i​m​a​t​e​-​c​h​a​n​g​e​-​a​n​d​-​b​i​o​d​i​v​e​r​s​ity Read more

A climate change solution slowly gains ground

For the orig­i­nal Wash­ing­ton Post, story, click here.   HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — At the end of a cul-​​de-​​sac called Fresh Way, two bright green struc­tures the size of ship­ping con­tain­ers gleam in the warm sun­light, qui­etly suck­ing from the air the car­bon diox­ide that is warm­ing the planet. One struc­ture houses com­puter mon­i­tors and con­trols. Atop the […] Read more

Does City Hall Care If You Die?

The jury’s still out, but the evi­dence is in. Diego Aguilar-​​Canabal, Edi­tor in Chief, The Bay City Beacon For the orig­i­nal arti­cle, click here. Peo­ple are dying on the streets of San Fran­cisco: in tents, on cross­walks, and on bikes. While not alike in cir­cum­stance nor cause, these tragedies share one sim­i­lar­ity: they are entirely pre­ventable deaths, with com­ple­men­tary poli­cies […] Read more

Solar Power’s Benefits Don’t Shine Equally on Everyone

For a direct link to the arti­cle in Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can, click here. High­land Park’s street­lights were torn out in 2011 because the pre­dom­i­nantly black Detroit sub­urb couldn’t pay its elec­tric­ity bill after the 2008 eco­nomic down­turn. Today street lamps once again cast reas­sur­ing pools of light—and this time they are cheaper, because they har­vest the energy […] Read more

Clean energy in Bangladesh

Sum­mary: Energy poverty, is arguably the most per­va­sive and crip­pling threat soci­ety faces today. Lack of access impacts sev­eral bil­lion peo­ple, with imme­di­ate health, edu­ca­tional, eco­nomic, and social damages. Fur­ther­more, how this prob­lem is addressed will result in the largest accel­er­ant of global pol­lu­tion, or the largest oppor­tu­nity to pivot away from fossil-​​fuels onto the needed clean energy […] Read more

Why housing policy is climate policy

For the free ver­sion under rael​.berke​ley​.edu pub­li­ca­tions, click here. For The New York Times, click here.     Read more

RAEL PhD student Samira Siddique part of new Working Group on the Rohingya Crisis

Since August 2017, Burmese secu­rity forces have been car­ry­ing out a cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing against Rohingya Mus­lims in Rakhine State forc­ing over half a mil­lion of them to flee to neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other atroc­i­ties. This mass migra­tion has resulted in one of the worst human­i­tar­ian crises of our time.  The Chowd­hury […] Read more

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

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