Who is in favor of nuclear energy should well know that dispose of radioactive waste generated creates huge problems virtually unsolvable if we think of the decay times of many of the materials involved. But from University of Bristol comes a rather curious and interesting proposal, a physical and chemical team has indeed found a way to exploit these nuclear waste and produce electricity nuclear batteries new concept.
is a process capable of solving three major problems of our times at once. Let’s jump UK to better understand what is the extent of the waste issue: the island has leveraged decades of graphite blocks into its nuclear facilities and as a result we have now 104.720 tons this radioactive material (carbon-14) . Think about that for half their level of radioactivity will serve 5.730 years, perhaps an advantage if we see from this new point of view.
Researchers have thought of imprison the carbon-14 within artificial diamonds created by man to ‘low pressure’. There is in fact a better protection of this, the material with short-range radiation can be locked so into diamonds and produce virtually unlimited electricity without any danger to the environment and living beings. The carbon-14 it interacts with the diamond crystals, releasing electrons and consequent electricity.
These batteries could thus ensuring operation for centuries, indeed millennia (*) with 50% of the potential that would diminish after these fateful 5730 years. We therefore realistic to use of drones, satellites and space shuttles, but researchers think a large number of other uses, even for powering devices that are located within the human body such as the peacemaker. On the other hand external radioactivity seems to be very low, less than that emitted from a banana.
There are no specific contraindications, but it is clear that making diamonds artificially coast and the only prototype product is currently based sull’isotopo nickel-63, carbon-14 of the trial is the next step .