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Chinese firm developed nuclear battery that can produce power for 50 years

2024-01-12 19:41 by


A Chinese startup has unveiled a new battery that it claims can generate electricity for 50 years without the need for charging or maintenance.

Betavolt's nuclear battery is a compact disc, smaller than a coin, that contains 63 nuclear isotopes, and their decay provides the energy that's made into electricity to power a device. To create the radioactive battery, Betavolt's scientist used nickel-63, which is a radiactive element, as the energy source and then diamond semiconductors as energy converters.

Betavolt has announced that its initial nuclear battery model delivers 100 microwatts of power at a voltage of 3V, with dimensions of 15x15x5 cubic millimeters. Looking ahead, the company aims to ramp up its technology to produce a battery capable of 1 watt of power by 2025.

For those worried about carrying a nuclear-powered gadget in their pocket, Betavolt assures that its battery's multi-layer design prevents it from catching fire or exploding under sudden force. Plus, it can handle extreme temperatures, from -60C to 120C.

The company behind this innovation reveals that its next-gen battery is already in pilot testing. The plan? To mass-produce it for commercial use in devices like phones and drones. However, there is no set date yet for when these batteries will be available.

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