Understanding Nuclear Energy

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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 r...

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.

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The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

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Noah Hill

8/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 10 months ago
The course itself is absolutely fantastic, they really give you good facts and do pretty well on explaining, the biggest issue for me was how fast they teach you, and the tests. The tests would ask you questions (for example: Whats the half life of Pb206? Please give your answers in MeV), without previously teaching you what MeV was or how to use it. Overall I would suggest this course to people who have more experience and interest into nuclear energy.
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2 years, 9 months ago
I was interested in this course but I can not register anymore. :'( I would love to look at it. Who can help me please? Thank you for! Regards!!!...
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2 years, 11 months ago
I recommend this course! I have a bachelor/masters degree in physics and I am considering further studies in nuclear energy. This course really helped me identify some core aspects of nuclear energy production and managed to create a broad picture of all the processes involved. I find this to be invaluable as it will serve me as a guide in my further studies. I want to thank the lecturers for the effort to create such a nice introduction to the field.
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2 years, 11 months ago
I am not so impressed by this course. It does not really deliver what it says it will. Instead of teaching a more generalized knowledge of nuclear energy that would be relevant to the layman, it is a mixed collection of sometimes very technical lectures that have no relevance to the layman. Many of the exam questions are technical math and chemical questions that test nothing that the layman would want to know. Do I really need to know the correct electron configuration for the valence state of U3+? Some of the lectures were relevant and informative to the layman so it was worth watching for those lectures and there were helpful experts participating in the discussion forums. However the worst insult was random student grading of essays that were assigned. I am seriously concerned about some of the problems around nuclear energy whereas some of the students were aggressively supportive of it. If I write my essay outlining my concerns... I am not so impressed by this course. It does not really deliver what it says it will. Instead of teaching a more generalized knowledge of nuclear energy that would be relevant to the layman, it is a mixed collection of sometimes very technical lectures that have no relevance to the layman. Many of the exam questions are technical math and chemical questions that test nothing that the layman would want to know. Do I really need to know the correct electron configuration for the valence state of U3+? Some of the lectures were relevant and informative to the layman so it was worth watching for those lectures and there were helpful experts participating in the discussion forums. However the worst insult was random student grading of essays that were assigned. I am seriously concerned about some of the problems around nuclear energy whereas some of the students were aggressively supportive of it. If I write my essay outlining my concerns about nuclear energy and I randomly draw as my marker a strong proponent of nukes, then I am sure to fail even though my essay was a well thought out expression of my views. This is no way for an educational institution to mark the work of students/learners. That is why a gave the course a 2 star instead of a 3 star.
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2 years, 11 months ago
The course called "NUCLEAR01x Understanding Nuclear Energy" is very informative introduction to NE. A lot of interesting and important topics are covered. One thing I would see more is some more illustration materials. Big thanks to course organizers and instructors.
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