Nuclear Battery Targets Obsolete Smartphone Charging

You might be thinking, “This headline’s gotta be clickbait.” But, nope. It’s legit. There’s a Chinese firm, Betavolt Technology, that’s knee-deep in developing a nuclear battery. And guess what? It could make charging your smartphone a thing of the past.

Now, let’s get this straight. This nuclear battery isn’t just for smartphones. Nope, Betavolt’s got bigger plans. They’re working on a nuclear battery for all sorts of devices. And they’re not stopping at one size. They’re planning a whole range of mini batteries. The kicker? These babies could hold a charge for 50 years. Yeah, you read that right. FIFTY years.

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And we’re back. So, Betavolt’s claiming they’re the pioneers of “miniaturization of atomic energy batteries”. To give you a clearer picture, they’ve crammed 63 nuclear isotopes into a module smaller than a coin. They’ve named this model BV100. And this little guy can churn out 100 microwatts of electricity.

The nuclear battery’s got a voltage of 3V. And it’s tiny. We’re talking 15 x 15 x 5mm tiny. Need more than one? No problem. Betavolt says they can be joined together. So, we’re looking at devices that might need a couple of these.

These batteries are pretty cool. They use radioactive decay to generate electricity. It’s the same tech used in pacemakers and spacecrafts. But companies have been wary of this tech because of the radioactive elements, like plutonium.

To ease those concerns, Betavolt decided to build a version of the battery with a diamond semiconductor layer and a decaying nickel isotope. They claim there’s absolutely no radiation leakage. And there are no toxic elements in the mix. This approach also ensures they won’t explode and can operate in extreme temperatures from -60 to 120 degrees Celsius.

Betavolt’s got big dreams. They hope their batteries could make charging smartphones obsolete. That would be a game-changer. By 2025, they want to make tiny batteries capable of producing one watt.

The prototype of the company’s battery has moved to the pilot stage. Mass production could be on the horizon. The dream might be closer than we thought.

Craig Diaz
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