A scientific based safety assessment for nuclear waste disposal is prerequisite for an objective discussion about nuclear energy. Such assessment is required, regardless of any decision in Germany for or against the long term use of nuclear energy.
Within the scope of provident research KIT-INE conducts both basic, as well as applied R&D in the field of safe disposal of nuclear waste.
KIT-INE with more than 100 employees is the largest institute in the field of Nuclear Safety Research within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. It is equipped with:
- a radioactive controlled area with suitable laboratories, including hot cells, alpha and inert gas glove boxes and hoods for working with isotopes
- the most modern facilities and instrumentation for analysis of radioactive materials,
- state-of-the-art laser spectroscopy for speciation of radionuclides,
- the INE- Beamline for actinide research at the KIT synchrotron source ANKA
The R&D activities at KIT-INE are integrated into numerous national and international programs and are evaluated regularly by international experts.
In addition to scientific work, KIT-INE is tackling the challenge of maintaining and expanding know-how and competence in the area radiochemistry and actinide chemistry. Lectures and tutorials are given in the field radiochemistry both at the KIT South Campus and at the Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, as well as radiochemical training courses for students from Karlsruhe and Heidelberg at the KIT North Campus (FTU and INE). In addition, KIT-INE employees are integrated into the education curricula at the universities of Berlin, Jena, Mainz and Strasbourg.