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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-10-22 - 2017-12-21

The Research Reactor Munich II is operated with weapon-grade highly enriched uranium. However, international efforts are under way over more than four decades to enforce the renunciation of HEU for research reactors. This is possible due to the development and the use of high density low enriched uranium (LEU). Currently, the adequate management of spent fuel and the reactor conversion from HEU to LEU is again in the focus of debate. Related questions of the "Nationales Begleitgremium" (according to the law on final disposition) are answered within a scientific expert opinion: 1) What kind of problems could the highly radioactive waste amounts generate for nuclear non-proliferation? 2) What kind of safety risks could be related to interim storage? 3) What kind problems could be caused by final disposition? 4) How the renunciation of the use of HEU is possible in the future in order to avoid more waste of this kind? 5) How can and must the final disposal of highly enriched spent fuel be done in Germany? A special focus is on the scientific examination of question 4.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-11-01 - 2018-12-31

The target of the European Union is to achieve near-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 in order to achieve the overarching goal of climate protection. The Austrian energy transition in the areas of electricity, heat and transport must rely on efficient renewable energy technology, which is CO₂-emission-free in operation and as resource- and energy-efficient as possible in the production process. Refraining from nuclear energy is obligatory. New technological dead ends have to be avoided, and useful innovations are identified and supported. The project seminar Energy Transition (Energiewende) wants to be part of this planning and reflection process, which makes possible or necessary orientations and readjustments in the energy transition policy visible and discussable. Technical options will be identified and reviewed, focusing on technology analysis, technology assessment and technology design.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-03-01 - 2019-02-28

The small wind turbine 2FPiggott, which is built in the workshops hold by "pureselfmade", is analyzed in the present project. Using life cycle assessment as well as the energy payback time the energy efficiency is evaluated to be able to construct the turbine more resource friendly in the future and directly integrate scientific knowledge in the wind turbine construction workshops. The total energy input is considered in the project; this includes the production of all materials used as well as the recycling of the materials. It is identified, which materials cause the greatest amount of energy input and global warming potential and how they could be replaced in future workshops. The aim of the project is to close the production cycle (cradle to cradle), make the turbine as resource efficient as possible and integrate scientific knowledge about energy efficiency in future construction workshops of „pureselfmade“.

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