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.Go to About
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 requests, and because you have not read/found this announcement on the RAEL home page).
With our regrets,
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 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.
For the Green Stimulus Open Letter to Congress, click here. Press coverage of the letter includes: 3./24/2020 - CityLab. A green stimulus plan for the post-coronavirus economy. 3/24/2020 - MarketWatch. A green-minded stimulus to save the economy from coronavirus? This goops thinks it has the $2 trillion answer. 3/24/2020 - Time Magazine. What Coronavirus means for the possibility of a […] Read more
A Green Stimulus to Rebuild Our Economy We will post the document and links at 1:00 PM PDT, Monday, March 23 to coincide with our news conference WHO WILL BE SPEAKING: Johanna Bozuwa, Co-Manager, Climate & Energy Program, The Democracy Collaborative (@johannabozuwa) Mijin Cha, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College; Fellow at Cornell University […] Read more
In The New York Times, March 13, 2020: As the nation shifts abruptly into the fight against coronavirus, a question arises: could social isolation help reduce an individual’s production of greenhouse gases and end up having unexpected consequences for climate change? The biggest sources of carbon emissions caused by our lifestyles come from three activities, said […] Read more
For the original article, click here. Reports from Italy detail the grim reality of a nation on lockdown. All businesses but pharmacies and food stores have shut their doors. Airlines are canceling flights, and roadblocks prevent people from leaving or entering some towns. It presents a glimpse of how dramatically American life could change if COVID-19 spreads […] Read more
February 24, 2020 For the UCTV video, click here. Read more
January 29, 2020: For the original in Salon, click here. Joe Biden told a voter that no scientists agreed that his presidential primary rival Bernie Sanders’s plan to combat climate change could work. The Sanders campaign responded by releasing a list of 57 scientists who agree with him. “The Green New Deal you are proposing is not only […] Read more
For the original in Science, click here. Coronavirus epidemic snarls science worldwide Robert F. Service Like most universities in China, the campus of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan is deserted. The coronavirus epidemic now racing across China is forcing Jeffrey Erlich, a Canadian neuroscientist at New York University Shanghai, to weigh his […] Read more
Agriculture can play a huge role in sequestering carbon and decreasing the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Up to now, though, there has been little financial incentive for farmers to do so, due to the inability to measure carbon in the soil. That’s changing, though. Last June, Indigo announced its Terraton Initiative that […] Read more
For a recent article in The Beam, on gender, technology and cooking, click here. This article by Grace Mbungu and Daniel Kammen was featured in The Beam #10 – Local Heroes of the Energy Transition. The challenge of providing clean cooking energy services to over 2.7 billion peopleand 850 million or more without reliable electricity services worldwide is […] Read more