The radioactive waste, one of the biggest question marks on the adoption and commissioning of nuclear power plants function in the world , they are going to become the essential component for creating long battery life . The least ingenious idea comes from the brilliant minds of the researchers of the University of Bristol, UK, where he began work on the project starting encapsulation of radioactive material in a diamond artificially created for small current reserves infinite duration . How do you explain the geochemical project leader, Tom Scott, go-ahead to a double gain: “ On the one hand we finally found a way to handle hazardous waste, the other would have to hand the almost eternal battery, without components movement and that do not require maintenance. ” A potential breakthrough that opens broad scientific scenarios.

The prototype of “nuclear diamond” is based on the radiation emitted from the Nickel-63, an isotope of nickel artificial radionuclide with a half-life of 100 years, but was already working on a powered version with radioactive carbon-14, much more diffuse and with a half-life of 5,000 years. Dr Neil Fox School of Chemistry tries to explain even better the job you want to test: “The Carbon-14 was chosen because it emits radiation at short range, although dangerous in contact with skin , are rendered harmless by the structure of the diamond that will go to the wind “

The fledgling technology is not, however, exempt from the limits, at least for the time being: a practical level it has yet to decide how much carbon-14 insert in each precious, but assuming 1 gram of radioactive material would get 15 Joules per day : if we consider that a 20 gram alkaline battery gives the device that uses 700 joules per gram the proportion is quickly made, and we see at once that we are certainly not to the levels of batteries immediately available for smartphones or laptops. But the radioactive diamond, albeit at low power, with the half-life of carbon-14 would have about 5730 years of life: we’re talking about almost 2 times the human history since it began to inhabit the Earth in its forms primitive, maybe more.

And just in terms of culture and civilization, Professor Scott sees the range of the batteries newborn: spaceships, along with satellites, drones, and in medical applications are the assumptions plausible for the development of new precious jewels otherwise. And in the age of the company, could not miss the already prevailing hashtag #diamondbattery.

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