Radioactive diamond batteries may sound scary. The first thing that comes in your mind when you hear it would probably be some deadly futuristic weapon, the ones you can see in James Bond films. But actually, this new discovery will change the game of technology; a possibility for a clean and long-lasting source of energy.
Researchers at University of Bristol came up with the concept of radioactive diamond batteries. Since diamonds last forever, why not turn it into something truly useful for humanity?
According to researchers
, these radioactive diamonds can generate their own electricity that can last up to thousands of years!
How the radioactive diamond batteries can supply energy is stupefying, and can be absurdly expensive. The gist, diamond batteries will be used as a capsule for nuclear reactors. These nuclear reactors can produce pumps of energy that can last for more than 5,000 years!
Because this layer of diamond encapsulating the nuclear reactors will turn radioactive, it has to be enclosed by another layer of diamond to make it safer for human use. Meaning, the energy providing device is a diamond within a diamond. Elegant and revolutionary. It does seem like a James Bond material.
“There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. 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,” explained Tom Scott, Professor in Materials at the University of Bristol.
These diamond batteries cannot supply a colossal energy, though. Only around 15 joules per day, which is less than an alkaline AA battery. The main point, it lasts almost an eternity! Okay, I'm exaggerating. But you get my point.
Clearly, radioactive diamond batteries are not economical to average people. Only insanely rich people would want to use it for their smartphones.
However, researchers say, the radioactive diamond batteries can be valuable for spacecrafts and space traveling.
“We envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries. Obvious applications would be in low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed, such as pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft," said Scott.