Welcome To RAEL

RAEL-Fall2018

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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To prospective RAEL visitors: please read

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,

Dan

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.

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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

The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power

For the orig­i­nal in The New Yorker (Feb­ru­ary 19, 2021), click here. By Rebecca Tuhus-​​Dubrow In 2004, Heather Hoff was work­ing at a cloth­ing store and liv­ing with her hus­band in San Luis Obispo, a small, laid-​​back city in the Cen­tral Coast region of Cal­i­for­nia. A few years ear­lier, she had earned a B.S. in mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing […] Read more

Why America’s power grids will keep failing us (Salon)

    Nicole Karlis, Salon. Link to the orig­i­nal arti­cle in Salon, click here. Wednes­day marked the third day that many Tex­ans found them­selves with­out power fol­low­ing a rare win­ter storm and frigid tem­per­a­tures dip­ping into the low 20s. While power is being restored in some areas, rotat­ing out­ages are expected to start on Wednes­day in Texas. The sit­u­a­tion is dire […] Read more

New RAEL paper on global mini-​​grid potential with solar vs. diesel

Pub­lished in Nature’s Sci­en­tific Reports: Map­ping of afford­abil­ity lev­els for photovoltaic-​​based elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion in the solar belt of sub-​​Saharan Africa, East Asia and South Asia Sán­dor Szabó, Irene Pinedo Pas­cua, Daniel Puig, Magda Moner-​​Girona, Mario Negre, Thomas Huld, Yacob Mulugetta, Ioan­nis Kougias, Lás­zló Szabó & Daniel Kam­men  Lack of access to mod­ern forms of energy ham­pers efforts to reduce poverty. The pro­vi­sion of elec­tric­ity to off-​​grid […] Read more

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Conversation: “And so it beings: what to expect (hope for?) from the Biden-​​Harris Administration

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Spring Semester Course: Climate Justice (Envres 160)

Here is the syl­labus of our new Cli­mate Jus­tice course: for shar­ing, com­ments, and suggestions. To down­load click here.     Read more

Read Kenji Shiriashi’s Op Ed in the Mainichi Newspaper

For the arti­cle in Eng­lish and Japan­ese ver­sions, click here   Read more

New paper on the role of electric vehicles in meeting China’s climate goals

The paper, “Mod­el­ing the impact of EVs in the Chi­nese power sys­tem: Path­ways for imple­ment­ing emis­sions reduc­tion com­mit­ments in the power and trans­porta­tion sec­tors” is now avail­able from Energy Pol­icy, and is also avail­able on  the RAEL Pub­li­ca­tions page.  Click here. This work involves part­ners from Chongqing Uni­ver­sity, Stony­brook Uni­ver­sity, Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at […] Read more

Biden-​​Harris victory can bring social justice into battle for a livable climate

From The Daily Cal­i­forn­ian, Novem­ber 13, 2020.  Click here for the orig­i­nal. With Joe Biden and Kamala Har­ris’ pres­i­den­tial vic­tory came an inter­na­tional sigh of relief. After the dis­mal past four years, sci­ence, social jus­tice and both domes­tic and global part­ner­ships to address cli­mate change are now back on the agenda in the United States. More than any […] Read more

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

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