A group of scientists at the University of Bristol has announced that they have successfully encapsulated radioactive material inside diamonds. This feat would convert radioactive radiation into sustainable electricity via diamond batteries.
The result? Zero CO2 emissions and clean energy for several thousand years, according to the Korii website, which reports the information.
Because everyone knows that the management of waste from the nuclear sector – underground, in power plants or warehouses – is a real concern.
A DIAMOND THAT GENERATES ELECTRICITY
By closely studying the famous carbon-14, the team found that its radioactivity was mainly on its outer surface and, after heating it, it turned into gas and evaporated. The researchers were then able to capture this gas to solidify it into diamond, another form of carbon. In doing so, they found that the diamond thus created generated electricity.
Scientists encapsulated the thing in a larger, non-radioactive diamond. To their satisfaction, this diamond battery has been able to generate current over an extremely long period of time and without emitting any pollution. A real revolution.
Korii specifies that a battery of this type would allow a smartphone, an electric car, or any electronic device to function until the end without ever having to be recharged.
It could also equip pacemakers so that the battery is not changed during an operation, as well as space exploration modules in the context of very long missions.
The University of Bristol, keen to collect as many ideas as possible, has launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #diamondbatteries.