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A battery made from nuclear waste that last 28,000 years

A battery made from nuclear waste that last 28,000 years

(1:29) A California-based company NDB has made a self-charging battery by trapping carbon-14 (C14) nuclear waste in artificial diamond-case. The company claims the battery can run for 28,000 years on a single charge.
The Hindu YT channel Sep 8, 2020

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Guest: Richard_JN (32 days ago)
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Nuclear batteries of this type do work (and it's not new technology, you can buy them,look for "Betavoltaic"). However, the available power is miniscule. You could just about run an old-fashioned digital watch. Typical power is in the sub-microwatts range. [There are also radiothermal batteries based on Plutonium,as used by the Voyager spacecraft: highly specialised, relatively short lived, and very very expensive]

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Nuclear batteries of this type do work (and it's not new technology, you can buy them,look for "Betavoltaic"). However, the available power is miniscule. You could just about run an old-fashioned digital watch. Typical power is in the sub-microwatts range. [There are also radiothermal batteries based on Plutonium,as used by the Voyager spacecraft: highly specialised, relatively short lived, and very very expensive]

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Guest: (33 days ago)

Now we just need a smartphone that will last for 28.000 years.

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Now we just need a smartphone that will last for 28.000 years.

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Guest: nuclear engineer (34 days ago)

This is total BS. C14 is not a large scale nuclear byproduct, it is a natural isotope. the russains might have some in their graphite moderated reactors, but not in light water reactors like in the US, there is simply no carbon in the reactor (except in the steel). Also, C14 is not a waste issue unless it generates more than a certain amount of heat (which it really can't do with the half life it has). There are specific exceptions for C14 and potasium disposal becuase of these facts.  Also, C14 is a beta emitter, it is shielded with a peice of paper and is only a risk if eaten in quantity. Now, as for the self charging aspect... If you store it under a pryamid or use Chi power to charge it I suspect it will charge a lot faster.

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This is total BS. C14 is not a large scale nuclear byproduct, it is a natural isotope. the russains might have some in their graphite moderated reactors, but not in light water reactors like in the US, there is simply no carbon in the reactor (except in the steel). Also, C14 is not a waste issue unless it generates more than a certain amount of heat (which it really can't do with the half life it has). There are specific exceptions for C14 and potasium disposal becuase of these facts.  Also, C14 is a beta emitter, it is shielded with a peice of paper and is only a risk if eaten in quantity. Now, as for the self charging aspect... If you store it under a pryamid or use Chi power to charge it I suspect it will charge a lot faster.

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Guest: (34 days ago)

A nuclear engineer, huh?  Who'd have thought it!  Guess the bar has dropped.

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A nuclear engineer, huh?  Who'd have thought it!  Guess the bar has dropped.

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