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Russian scientists have created a high-power atomic battery

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posted on Aug, 23 2020 @ 12:33 PM
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University of Bristol are working on something similar. Idea has been mooted batteries using nuclear waste could revolutionise use of photovoltaics, meaning truly off-grid energy would be possible, even for urban dwellers and businesses.


Scientists have discovered a way to convert nuclear waste into radioactive black diamond batteries which last more than 5,000 years.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found a means of creating a battery capable of generating clean electricity for five millennia, or as long as human civilization has existed.

Scientists found that by heating graphite blocks – used to house uranium rods in nuclear reactors – much of the radioactive carbon is given off as a gas.

This can then be gathered and turned into radioactive diamonds using a high-temperature chemical reaction, in which carbon atoms are left on the surface in small, dark-colored diamond crystals.

These man-made diamonds produce a small electrical charge when placed near a radioactive source.

The radioactive diamonds are then encased safely within a layer of non-radioactive diamond. The surface of a complete diamond emits less radiation than a banana.

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posted on Aug, 23 2020 @ 08:58 PM
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It is not a battery.
It is a form of fuel cell.

How would you charge it?



posted on Aug, 23 2020 @ 09:01 PM
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a reply to: RussianTroll

Better hope its stable, else does it not blow up in a helicopter in the end Knight and Day style?

edit on 23-8-2020 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 23 2020 @ 11:07 PM
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originally posted by: charlyv
It is not a battery.
It is a form of fuel cell.

How would you charge it?
It's not your typical battery, but that's what we call it, specifically a type of atomic battery called a betavoltaic battery.

Atomic battery

An atomic battery, nuclear battery, tritium battery or radioisotope generator is a device which uses energy from the decay of a radioactive isotope to generate electricity. Like nuclear reactors, they generate electricity from nuclear energy, but differ in that they do not use a chain reaction.


That article lists a lot of different types of atomic batteries. The specific type is a non-thermal, betavoltaic battery:

Betavoltaic devices, also known as betavoltaic cells, are generators of electric current, in effect a form of battery, which use energy from a radioactive source emitting beta particles (electrons)...

In 2018 a Russian design based on 2-micron thick nickel-63 slabs sandwiched between 10 micron diamond layers was introduced.
That even mentions the Russian design based on nickel-63 specifically.


It's not a fuel cell according to this definition of a fuel cell:

Fuel cell

A fuel cell is an electrochemical cell that converts the chemical energy of a fuel (often hydrogen) and an oxidizing agent (often oxygen[1]) into electricity through a pair of redox reactions.

The atomic battery doesn't combine fuel with an oxidizing agent to release energy via chemical reaction. It doesn't have anything at all in common with a fuel cell that I can see. The fuel cell is based on chemical energy of the fuel, while the atomic battery is based on atomic energy, not chemical energy.


edit on 2020823 by Arbitrageur because: clarification



posted on Aug, 24 2020 @ 01:59 AM
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I understand the difference, as there is no oxidizing going on, however it is more of a fuel cell (in its generic form), than it is a battery in that a battery implies a device that can be charged with more electrical current, and a fuel cell creates electrical current by (in this case) converting heat to electricity. The heat in this case is a radioactive process.


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posted on Aug, 24 2020 @ 02:14 AM
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originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: Arbitrageur

I understand the difference, as there is no oxidizing going on, however it is more of a fuel cell (in its generic form), than it is a battery in that a battery implies a device that can be charged with more electrical current, and a fuel cell creates electrical current by (in this case) converting heat to electricity. The heat in this case is a radioactive process.
You sound confused about batteries, about fuel cells, and about how the Russian design works.

Some batteries are rechargeable, some are not. The non-rechargeable batteries have warnings on them to not charge them or they can explode:

13 Investigates exploding alkaline batteries

most alkaline batteries have warnings – albeit tiny ones – telling consumers they could explode. Those warnings instruct not to insert an alkaline battery the wrong direction, expose it to high heat, or charge a non-rechargeable battery. All of those mistakes can prompt explosion.



fuel cell creates electrical current by (in this case) converting heat to electricity. The heat in this case is a radioactive process.
No, no, I specifically explained in my prior post that the betavoltaic battery is "non-thermal", which should obviously mean it's NOT based on heat as you are incorrectly saying. Some of the other types of atomic batteries are thermal batteries, but not the betavoltaics.




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