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.
- 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
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