British scientists are working on using radioactive waste for civilian purposes. They want to make extremely long-lasting batteries out of them – this is supposed to be a new generation of batteries.
Batteries powered by diamonds from nuclear waste
Thomas Scott from the University of Bristol is working on this issue together with a group of materials scientists, physicists and chemists. The idea is to grow diamonds from radioactive waste under laboratory conditions to serve as the material that will power a new generation of cells.
Powering small devices for thousands of years without recharging
Work on the improvement and commercialization of the invention is in progress. Admittedly, the energy obtained from nuclear batteries will be too small to power e.g. a smartphone, but a breakthrough has been made elsewhere. It turns out that they may have the ability to power small devices with constant portions of energy even for thousands of years. This could be a brilliant invention when it comes to powering sensors on satellites, for example.
Nuclear batteries dangerous?
Certainly no more than the technologies already in use. To stop harmful radiation, probably only a battery cover would be enough, and the advantages of this solution could be really promising.