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.










Batteries are “the glue of the clean-​​energy economy”

Episode 537 (Octo­ber 12, 2021) On the “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly” Mar­ket­place pod­cast (the hosts of Mar­ket­place), we sat down and talk about the cur­rent and future state of energy storage: Hosted by Kai Ryss­dal and Molly Wood Bat­ter­ies are “the glue of the clean-​​energy economy” To down­load or lis­ten: click here. Episode link: […] Read more

The Guardian: Why California’s enormous oil spill won’t be its last

For the orig­i­nal in The Guardian, click here. The state’s age­ing oil infra­struc­ture means more dis­as­ters are likely as com­pa­nies move away from fos­sil fuels Katharine Gam­mon in Los Angeles Sat 9 Oct 2021 06.00 EDT A gash in an under­wa­ter pipeline sent tens of thou­sands of gal­lons of oil rush­ing into the waters near Los Ange­les last week­end, […] Read more

New RAEL-​​UC Merced-​​UCSD-​​UNC Publication on the future of energy storage

For the pub­li­ca­tion, click here. For Cleaner, Greener Power, Expand the Def­i­n­i­tion of “Batteries” Read more

Berkeley-​​Berlin (& Nairobi) team publish on sustainability in the Caribbean

Jess Car­ney of RAEL, Phillipp Belchinger of the Reiner Lemoine Insti­tute, and RAEL Alum Rebekah Shirley explore the path­way to car­bon sus­tain­abil­ity in the Caribbean with a multi-​​sectoral, multi-​​methods analy­sis, pub­lished in Energy Pol­icy. For the pub­li­ca­tion, click here. Abstract: Accel­er­at­ing the rate of renew­able energy deploy­ment in Small Island Devel­op­ing States is crit­i­cal to reduce depen­dence […] Read more

Interview of Governor Jerry Brown with Dan Kammen

For the May 2021 orig­i­nal in Break­throughs Mag­a­zine of Rausser Col­lege of Nat­ural Resources: click here. Inter­view by Dan Kam­men | Spring 2021Jerry Brown, BA ’61 Clas­sics, co-​​chairs the California-​​China Cli­mate Insti­tute. He served as the 34th and 39th gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia, from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019. While he was gov­er­nor, Cal­i­for­nia […] Read more

Biden’s Climate Pledge For First Time Pushes U.S. Beyond California Goals

Ezra David Romero To lis­ten to the inter­view, click here. https://​www​.kqed​.org/​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​/​1​9​7​4​253   Ban­ning frack­ing by 2024, phas­ing out all new sales of gas-​​powered cars by 2035, and achiev­ing car­bon neu­tral­ity 10 years later are just a few of California’s goals mak­ing it a leader among U.S. states in tack­ling cli­mate change. But a new pledge from the […] Read more

An Earth Day message for California: Move faster on climate change

Los Ange­les Times by Sammy Roth For the orig­i­nal, click here. If there’s one thing to under­stand this Earth Day about California’s role in con­fronting the cli­mate cri­sis, it’s this: Just because the state con­sid­ers itself a global leader doesn’t mean it’s doing nearly enough. Gov. Gavin New­som admit­ted as much last year. As mon­strous wild­fires carved a […] Read more

Open letter to California on taking a more aggressive stance on the climate emergency — by Tee­nie Mat­lock, Manuel Pas­tor, David Pel­low, Veer­ab­had­ran Ramanathan, Tom Steyer, Leah Stokes, Feliz Ven­tura & Daniel Kammen

A team of energy and cli­mate experts have penned an open let­ter to accel­er­ate the time­line for cli­mate action in California. The let­ter can be read here on this real​.berke​ley​.edu website. The let­ter has been authored by: Tee­nie Mat­lock, Manuel Pas­tor, David Pel­low, Veer­ab­had­ran Ramanathan, Tom Steyer, Leah Stokes, Feliz Ven­tura & Daniel Kammen The let­ter has been […] Read more

Opinion: More big PG&E rate hikes if use of outdated system continues

EAST BAY TIMES: MARCH 4, 2021: For the orig­i­nal, click here. Opin­ion: Daniel M Kamen If you live in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, your util­ity bill likely will rise by 8% this month. For Pacific Gas & Elec­tric cus­tomers, this will be the sev­enth year in a row of increases. The company’s rates have dou­bled since 2005 — and they’re […] Read more

New paper “Have We Reached Peak Carbon Emissions?”

To link to the pub­li­ca­tion on our RAEL pages, click here. On the pages of the Klein­man Cen­ter for Energy Pol­icy at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, click here.   Read more

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

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