These Diamond Batteries can Generate a Small Electric Current for Thousands of Years

By: | December 29th, 2016

Image courtesy University of Bristol

In a big breakthrough, a team of scientists from the University of Bristol discovered a way to convert nuclear waste into diamond batteries which are capable of generating a small electric current for a longer period than ever produced.

This new technology will help in converting troublesome nuclear waste into diamond batteries which will be used to generate low-current energy, durable enough to outlast human civilization.

These amazing long-lived “diamond batteries” could prove to be very helpful in spacecraft and implants like pacemakers where long battery life is crucial.

To generate the current, the technology requires man-made diamonds formed from nuclear waste and a small amount of radioactive energy. These batteries do not require wires and coils to operate, but they need to be placed near a radioactive source for generating small electrical currents.

As per geochemist Tom Scott from the University of Bristol in the UK, “By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy. There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated, and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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