Understanding Nuclear Power

Academy
Futurelearn
Kurzbeschreibung
Learn more about nuclear power – from the risks and the benefits, to the technology and its future use.
Kursarten
E-Learning
Fachbereich

Ökologie

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Find out what role nuclear power might play in our energy future

Nuclear power remains contentious – does it offer a sustainable energy future? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits? This online course will answer such questions.

Despite accidents like Fukushima Daiichi, many countries are building new nuclear power plants. You’ll look at the engineering and financial aspects of these large infrastructures; learn about the technologies involved; and explore how fuels and radioactive waste should be managed.

You’ll also examine the outlook for nuclear power, exploring future challenges for companies and countries, and how they can be overcome.

This course is intended for those with a basic understanding of nuclear energy. You’ll need to be familiar with the following concepts: protons, neutrons, elements, isotopes; the difference between nuclear fission energy and nuclear fusion energy; alpha, beta and gamma radiation; radioactive decay; the difference between momentum and kinetic energy; the separate roles played by conduction and convection in heat transfer; the basic concept of a nuclear reactor; and finally the probability of four coin tosses yielding four ‘heads’ results.

If you’re new to this area we’d suggest trying The Science of Nuclear Energy course first.

Kursziele
Evaluate the key policy, environmental and economic dimensions of building new civil nuclear power capacity.,Evaluate nuclear power’s contribution to the climate control debate and current EU policy.,Debate the role of nuclear power in a modern energy mix.,Explore the scientific and engineering dimensions of generating nuclear.,Explore the management of waste produced by operating nuclear reactors.
Anforderungen
This course is intended for those with a basic understanding of nuclear energy. You’ll need to be familiar with the following concepts: protons, neutrons, elements, isotopes; the difference between nuclear fission energy and nuclear fusion energy; alpha, beta and gamma radiation; radioactive decay; the difference between momentum and kinetic energy; the separate roles played by conduction and convection in heat transfer; the basic concept of a nuclear reactor; and finally the probability of four coin tosses yielding four ‘heads’ results. If you’re new to this area we’d suggest trying [The Science of Nuclear Energy](https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-science-of-nuclear-energy) course first.
Kurssprache
Englisch