A CHINESE COMPANY MADE A NUCLEAR BATTERY THAT LASTS UP TO 50 YEARS WITHOUT CHARGING…

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A CHINESE COMPANY MADE A NUCLEAR BATTERY THAT LASTS UP TO 50 YEARS WITHOUT CHARGING…

Betavolt’s innovative approach involves utilizing electrons emitted by a radioactive material known as nickel-63 (Ni-63) to generate electricity. The company’s scientists have fashioned a special diamond semiconductor, a mere 10 microns thick, or one-fifth the size of an average human hair. Placing a two-micron sheet of Ni-63 between two of these diamond semiconductors produces power.

Claiming to be the world’s inaugural nuclear battery, the BV100 is touted to generate 100 microwatts at three volts from a unit smaller than a coin. Betavolt asserts it can produce electricity every minute, totaling 8.64 joules per day and 3,153 joules annually. Additionally, a slightly larger battery, capable of producing 1 watt of power, is expected in 2025.

On paper, the formula appears impressive, especially considering the nuclear battery’s 10 times greater energy density compared to a ternary lithium battery. The BV100 could potentially store 3,300 megawatt-hours in a one-gram unit and operate automatically for 50 years without the need for plugging in.

Despite these promising features, the press release raises unanswered questions. The viability of its use in electric vehicles seems doubtful due to its limited electricity generation capacity. Future possibilities, regulatory challenges, and approvals for implementing nuclear batteries in consumer products also remain uncertain. While Betavolt claims safety, the press release lacks information on how consumer acceptance might be impacted by safety concerns associated with nuclear technology.

The company, only two years old, has brought this project to its pilot stage, providing grounds to approach these claims cautiously. Nonetheless, it underscores the rapid development pace of battery companies and start-ups, highlighting their constant innovation to address challenges in the battery industry, including charging, long-term degradation, safety, and reliability.

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