Understanding Nuclear Energy

Обучение бесплатное
Сертификация платная
11 месяцев
О курсе

In this nuclear energy course, we will tackle provocative questions such as:

  • Is nuclear energy a good substitute for fossil fuels to reduce our CO2 emission or not?
  • Can nuclear reactors operate safely without any harm to the public and environment?
  • How much nuclear waste is produced and how long does it need to be stored safely?
  • How can we make nuclear energy clean and more sustainable?
  • How much are nuclear energy costs?

You will learn the physics behind nuclear science, how to gain energy from nuclear fission, how nuclear reactors operate safely, and the life cycle of nuclear fuel: from mining to disposal. In the last part of the course, we will focus on what matters most in the public debate: the economic and social impact of nuclear energy but also the future of energy systems.

Practically, we will:

  • Teach you about nuclear science and technology (radiation and radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear reactors and fuel cycle, economics of nuclear energy, and the sociality aspects)
  • Show you short videos about the theory and practical implementation of nuclear energy
  • Stimulate discussion and debate about nuclear energy
  • Ask you to formulate your own opinion about nuclear energy and its role in society

The GENTLE consortium has sponsored and prepared this course. GENTLE is focused on maintaining the current high level of nuclear safety, and developing a highly skilled and well informed nuclear workforce, following the conclusion of the Council of the EU that it “it is essential to maintain in the European Union a high level of training in the nuclear field“ to deal with reactor fleet safely, decommission obsolete plants, be involved in new builds where policy dictates, and deal with the legacy and future radioactive wastes.

Understanding Nuclear Energy
Learn the science and technology behind nuclear energy and the special features of this energy source.
Что Вы изучите?
  • The basics of nuclear science and nuclear energy
  • The operating principles of nuclear reactors
  • The various steps in the nuclear fuel cycle
  • The differences between current and future reactors
  • The pros and cons of nuclear energy
Rudy Konings
Rudy Konings
Head of the Materials Research Unit Institute for Transuranium Elements
In 1999, Rudy joined the Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe (Germany) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. There he currently is the head of the Materials Research Unit. His research interests are nuclear fuels and actinide materials, with particular emphasis on high temperature chemistry and thermodynamics. He has an appointment as professor at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), where he holds the chair of ‘Chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle.’ Rudy Konings graduated from the Utrecht University with a MSc in Earth Sciences in 1985. He then joined the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN as researcher in the field of thermodynamics of nuclear materials and defended his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1990. He stayed at ECN and subsequently at NRG (Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group) working on nuclear fuel-related issues. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific articles in peer reviewed journal, 13 book chapters, and was editor-in-chief of the major reference work 'Comprehensive Nuclear Materials'.
Jan-Leen Kloosterman
Jan-Leen Kloosterman
Professor, Nuclear Reactor Physics TU Delft
Jan-Leen is a professor in nuclear reactor physics at TU Delft. His personal expertise is on reactor core design of advanced nuclear reactors, like the High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor and the Molten Salt Reactor. He is leading the research group on nuclear energy and radiation applications at TU Delft.
Stefaan Pommé
Stefaan Pommé
Scientist Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Stefaan is currently employed as a scientist by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in Geel, Belgium. His main field of expertise is radionuclide metrology, in particular with respect to primary standardisation of activity, precise measurement of nuclear decay data and uncertainty evaluation. His scientific work has been published in about 130 papers in scientific journals and tens of conference proceedings and technical reports. The subjects of his research comprise experimental nuclear physics at accelerators and reactors, activity standardisation techniques and their uncertainty budgets, half-life and decay data measurements, modelling and data analysis issues, gamma-ray and alpha-particle spectrometry, developments in neutron activation analysis, statistical aspects of nuclear counting, dead time and pulse pileup, general activation-decay laws, nuclear chronometry, the dynamics of nuclear fission, ternary fission, radiation protection, and environmental radioactivity.
Victor Hugo Sánchez Espinoza
Victor Hugo Sánchez Espinoza
Head of the Group Rector Physics and Dynamics Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Victor Hugo is the head of the Group Rector Physics and Dynamics (RPD) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Project Leader Light Water Reactor Safety and Methods at KIT. He has a lectureship at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on the topics of Reactor Safety: Fundamentals and Safety assessment of nuclear power plants. Victor Hugo is technical advisor of PhD, Master and Bachelor students for KIT and abroad.

Current working fields:

  • Multi-physics and multi-scale methodologies for the Design and Safety Assessment of innovative and LWR
  • Validation and improvement of numerical safety analysis tools (System and subchannel codes)
  • Development of subchannel and porous-media two-phase flow codes
  • Validation and application of severe accident (SA) and accident management (SAM)
  • Extension of coupled N/TH codes for direct prediction of safety parameters and for improved pin mechanics
  • Safety aspects of Small Modular Reactors
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