This course introduces the engineering aspects of nuclear power and asks how developers can finance these large infrastructures. The course will start on 31 October 2016.
Course At Glance
Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Nuclear Power
Institution: Open University and Future learn
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on 31 October 2016
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About This Course
Nuclear power remains a contentious issue – does it offer our best chance at sustainable energy future? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits? This course will answer some of these questions and is aimed at a broad audience – whether you’re an engineer or scientist thinking of working in the nuclear industry; a policy adviser working in energy or technology; a technical journalist; a teacher or lecturer; concerned with how infrastructure is financed or simply keep to develop your understanding of nuclear power.
Why Take This Course?
This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.
This course introduces the engineering aspects of nuclear power and asks how developers can finance these large infrastructures. Applicant will learn about the technologies involved and explore how fuels and radioactive waste should be managed. Nuclear safety and the safety culture of organisations are vital issues.
This course will also examine the future of nuclear power: exploring the challenges that lie ahead for companies and countries alike and whether these challenges 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.
William (Bill) Nuttall
He is the Professor of Energy Vacancy at Open University. My main focus is on energy technology and policy and a major part of my work relates to nuclear power.
Mark Wenman is a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering with a specific interest in engineering materials used in reactor systems.
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