We are physicists from the University of Bristol, ask us anything about our 'Diamond Battery' made from nuclear waste & can last for 5k years
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in our Reddit AMA. We have now closed this session, but we will continue to post news and information about the #diamondbattery at @CabotInstitute and @UoBrisIAC. Do keep sending us your ideas for #diamondbattery applications, and if you'd like to ask us any further questions, feel free to contact us directly at [email protected]
We have developed a new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity!
We have been able to grow a diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate an electrical current. By encapsulating radioactive material inside such a diamond, we are able to produce a nuclear battery.
We intend to use Carbon-14, an isotope with a half-life of 5730 years, to power our batteries, turning a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a long-term supply of clean energy.
We calculate that the batteries would be able to produce around 15J per day. That doesn’t sound a lot, but over their incredible lifetimes, they would deliver around 2.7TeraJ (aka million million Joules).
We’re here to answer your questions about our diamond batteries and to discuss their possible application.
For more information, please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/research/casestudies/2016/diamond-battery.html