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Electromagnetic fields Centre of excellence for radiation protection in power network expansion

The open-ended and independent clarification of open research questions is for precautionary reasons an indispensable accompaniment to the expansion of the power network. This is the conclusion drawn by participants of the launch event on 11 July 2017 in Berlin for the research programme "Radiation protection in power network expansion". Around 80 representatives from science, politics, companies and citizens' initiatives discussed the 18 million euro research package from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). It was repeatedly highlighted that the BfS was taking on an important role as a centre of excellence for radiation protection in the expansion of the power network.

Electromagnetic fields Greater participation in power network expansion

To enable the broadest possible debate about aspects of radiation protection in the expansion of the power network, the BfS has opened up on its website the opportunity to participate in a radiation protection research programme already started as part of the expansion of the power network. Until the middle of September, interested parties have the opportunity of viewing the individual projects within the programme and giving a statement of their position online. This is to be evaluated by the BfS and considered in the further planning of the research programme.

Optical Radiation Closing a gap in the UV measuring network at 2,600 m above sea level

From the North German coasts to the Alps: With the installation of a new measuring station on the Zugspitze mountain, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) ensures that the UV radiation measurements cover all climate zones in Germany without any gaps. The data that can now be collected makes it possible to determine reliable and accurate values for the UV exposure in high mountain regions. This data is important for mountaineers, hikers or skiers so that they are able to protect themselves in the best possible way against UV radiation and the risk of sunburn.

Electromagnetic fields Milestone for radiation protection in the context of the power grid expansion

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) will conduct a large-scale research programme, supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, in order to intensify investigations into potential adverse health effects of power lines. Planning includes more than 30 schemes and projects. Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, and BfS President Ms. Inge Paulini presented the 18 million Euro project on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, together with a group of experts on the occasion of a symposium in Berlin. The research programme represents a milestone in establishing BfS as a competence centre for radiation protection with respect to the power grid expansion.

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