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Jan 24

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Chinese technology company Betavolt has introduced a modular nuclear battery that uses a combination of a nickel-63 radioactive isotope and a fourth-generation diamond semiconductor. The battery’s developers claim it can power devices for up to 50 years and that they are currently the only ones in the world capable of producing this technology.

“This marks that China has achieved disruptive innovation in the two high-tech fields of atomic energy batteries and fourth-generation diamond semiconductors at the same time, putting it ‘far ahead’ of European and American scientific research institutions and enterprises,” Betavolt said in a statement.

The energy density of the company’s nuclear batteries surpasses current lithium-ion technology by 10 times, with a reduced risk of fires or explosions. They can also continue to operate in temperatures ranging from negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eventually, when the battery’s life finally does come to an end, it decays into non-radioactive copper that poses a minimal environmental risk. Potential applications for this technology include mobile phones, drones, AI devices, medical equipment, robots and more.

“Betavolt atomic energy batteries can meet the needs of long-lasting power supply in multiple scenarios such as aerospace, AI equipment, medical equipment, MEMS systems, advanced sensors, small drones and micro-robots,” the company said. “If policies permit, atomic energy batteries can allow a mobile phone to never be charged, and drones that can only fly for 15 minutes can fly continuously.”

The technology behind these batteries dates back to the 1950s when it was initially employed to power some of America’s first spacecraft missions. It continues to contribute to deep-space exploration today, even being considered for power supplies in a future Martian colony.

However, making nuclear batteries available for mass commercial use has been challenging due to high production costs and safety concerns associated with handling radioactive materials. Undeterred, Betavolt has initiated a pilot program with the eventual goal of mass production.

“This product combines nickel-63 nuclear isotope decay technology and China’s first diamond semiconductor module to successfully realize the miniaturization of atomic energy batteries, modularization and low cost, starting the process of civilian use,” Betavolt said. “They have entered the pilot stage and will be put into mass production on the market.”

Addressing safety concerns, Betavolt asserts its batteries can hold up against potential punctures leading to radiation leaks, even in extreme conditions such as being subjected to a gunshot. The company remains optimistic about the future, indicating that an even more powerful model could be developed as early as 2025.

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BUT WHAT IF THERE WAS A BATTERY THAT DIDN’T RUN OUT?

One that COULD KEEP RUNNING FOR DECADES?

It’s something scientists are working on and are ready to reveal to the world. Chinese tech company Betavolt just unveiled this new module nuclear battery.

It uses a radioactive isotope.

In this case – one from nickel – and pairs it with a state of the art semiconductor. 

The battery apparently packs a punch, able to power a device for up to 50 years. 

And Betavolt says, right now, they’re the only ones in the world that can make them. Well, the company says they hope to utilize the tech in mobile phones – or drones. 

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But there are other potential applications – AI devices, medical equipment and more. 

The energy density of these batteries is 10 times greater than those made from current lithium-ion technology and are much less likely to result in fires or explosions. 

EVENTUALLY WHEN THE NUCLEAR BATTERY’S LIFE FINALLY DOES COME TO AN END, IT DECAYS INTO NON-RADIOACTIVE COPPER THAT POSES A MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL RISK.

THIS ALL MAY SEEM LIKE THE WORK OF CUTTING EDGE MODERN SCIENCE, BUT THE TECHNOLOGY HAS ACTUALLY BEEN AROUND SINCE the 1950’S.

BACK THEN IT WAS ULTIMATELY USED FOR POWERING SOME OF AMERICA’S FIRST SPACECRAFT MISSIONS, AND CONTINUES TO HELP GENERATE ENERGY FOR DEEP-SPACE EXPLORATION TODAY.

THESE BATTERIES HAVE EVEN BEEN CONSIDERED AS POWER SUPPLIES FOR A MARTIAN COLONY. 

HOWEVER, MAKING NUCLEAR BATTERIES AVAILABLE FOR MASS COMMERCIAL USE HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE.

THEY’RE EXPENSIVE TO MAKE AND CARRY THEIR SHARE OF SAFETY CONCERNS WHEN DEALING WITH RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL.

BETAVOLT IS UNDETERRED.

THEIR BATTERIES ARE CURRENTLY IN A PILOT PROGRAM WITH A GOAL OF EVENTuAL MASS PRODUCTION.

THEY SAY THEIR PRODUCTS WILL BE SAFE FOR CONSUMERS AND WON’T LEAK RADIATION EVEN IF SUBJECTED TO A GUNSHOT.

BETAVOLT HAS INDICATED EVEN MORE POWERFUL MODELS COULD BE DEVELOPED BY AS EARLY AS NEXT YEAR.

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