Daniel Kammen

Daniel Kammen

Title
Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Policy, and in the Department of Nuclear Engineering
Department
Dept of Nuclear Engineering
Dept of Energy & Resources Group
Goldman School of Public Policy
Phone
(510) 642-1640
Fax
(510) 642-1085
Research Expertise and Interest
public policy, nuclear engineering, energy, resources, risk analysis as applied to global warming, methodological studies of forecasting, hazard assessment, renewable energy technologies, environmental resource management
Research Description

Daniel Kammen is Professor of Energy with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he is the Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Kammen’s research is focused on energy systems science in the context of decarbonizing the energy systems in the United States/North America, and in a range of field-based programs in Africa, Latin America, southeast Asia, and Europe.  He is the author of over 350 publications, over 50 technical reports and over 40 Federal and State testimonies.  These are all online at his laboratory website:  http://rael.berkeley.edu

Kammen was trained in physics and develops analytic and computational methods derived from a physical science/engineering perspective to inform and engage in analysis of energy futures.

During 2010 – 2011 Kammen served as the first Chief Technical Specialist / Director for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He now serves as a World Bank Fellow in Energy. In April 2010 Secretary of State Hilary Clinton introduced Kammen as the Energy Fellow / Envoy of the U. S. State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA). The speech was previously available on the U.S. Department of State website.  He resigned his position as Science Envoy in August, 2017 in protest.

Kammen’s research and the RAEL and TSRC is based in physical science modeling to inform interdisciplinary sustainability approaches to the systems science of energy. His current research efforts are focused around:

In the News

September 27, 2013

Newly released climate change report reinforces need for action

The release today (Friday, Sept. 27) of Assessment Report 5, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), bolsters the conclusions of its 2007 report that humans are responsible for global warming, and it highlights the need for immediate action to reduce carbon emissions.

November 10, 2011

Wood smoke from cooking fires linked to pneumonia, cognitive impacts

UC Berkeley-led researchers have found a dramatic one-third reduction in severe pneumonia diagnoses among children in homes with smoke-reducing chimneys on their cookstoves. Reducing wood smoke could have a major impact on the burden of pneumonia, the leading cause of child mortality in the world, the researchers said. A separate pilot study also found a link between prenatal maternal exposure to woodsmoke and poorer performance in markers for IQ among school-aged children.

April 13, 2011

When it comes to carbon footprints, location and lifestyle matter

A UC Berkeley analysis of the carbon footprints of households around the country shows that consumers need different strategies in different cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. An online “carbon calculator” helps consumers decide how to change their lifestyles for the maximum reduction in their footprints.

September 9, 2010

Dan Kammen appointed to World Bank

Energy-policy expert Dan Kammen has been appointed to a new position at the World Bank, where he will help distribute billions of dollars to developing countries to improve energy efficiency and foster low-carbon, renewable sources of energy.

October 22, 2009

Error in climate treaties could lead to more deforestation

A team of 13 prominent scientists and land-use experts has identified an important but fixable error in legal accounting rules for bioenergy that could, if uncorrected, undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by encouraging deforestation.

February 17, 2009

Cheaper materials could be key to low-cost solar cells

Unconventional solar cell materials that are as abundant but much less costly than silicon and other semiconductors in use today could substantially reduce the cost of solar photovoltaics, according to a new study from the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.
April 4, 2019
Jeremy Hsu
The solar power industry is not serving Americans equally, and the reasons are not just economic, suggests a recent study co-authored by energy professor Dan Kammen, director of Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Controlling for financial, environmental, and other factors that could affect installation rates, the researchers found a distinct link between race and ethnicity and rooftop installations of photovoltaic panels. "I was not surprised to see that race and ethnicity were important, but once we controlled for income I thought the effect would be reduced significantly. "But alas, it was not," Professor Kammen says. One way he believes policymakers could help overcome the problem is by recognizing that the situation is analogous to the way credit scores have been used to discriminate against minorities in the approval of home loans. To counteract that, they could apply "positive pressure" by offering bonuses to loan applicants who add rooftop solar panels or other energy-efficiency measures. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.
January 28, 2019
James Ellsmoor
The solar power industry is not serving Americans equally, and the reasons are not just economic, suggests a new study co-authored by energy professor Dan Kammen. Controlling for financial, environmental, and other factors that could affect installation rates, the researchers' analysis found a distinct link between race and ethnicity and rooftop installations of photovoltaic panels. The study results are "depressing," Professor Kammen says, but they're also "a clear sign we can do things differently and more equitably." Noting that the problem is likely "an effect of more solar installers and more seed programs in more advantaged areas," he suggests the gap could be addressed through the Green New Deal, with solar education, sales, and financing programs that directly target low-income communities and people of color. Without intervention, the authors say, the injustice is likely to grow, with the financial benefits of solar denied certain groups of people. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.