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Severe Accidents in Fossil Energy Chains: Individual Chain Results and Aggregated Evaluations

  • Peter Burgherr
  • Stefan Hirschberg
Conference paper

Abstract

Severe accidents in the energy sector have been identified as one of the main contributors to man-made disasters. Based primarily on the historical experience, the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) carries out extensive analyses of severe accidents in the energy sector. The work presented here is focused on severe accident risks in fossil energy chains, i.e. coal, oil, natural gas and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Additionally, selected technical aspects of severe accidents were addressed, reflecting an engineering perspective on the energy-related risk issues.

Keywords

OECD Country Severe Accident Energy Chain Impact Failure Probabilistic Safety Assessment 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Burgherr
    • 1
  • Stefan Hirschberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Paul Scherrer InstitutVilligenSwitzerland

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