The search for an alternative power source is still on, and scientists may have found one of the most elegant solutions yet. It could be the most glamorous as well, as this one involves diamonds – man-made diamonds, to be exact.
The exact method involves the use of nuclear waste so that it could generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. It was a team of chemists and physicists from the University of Bristol who had the idea to create a man-made diamond that could work with the very same concept.
When placed in a field of significant radioactivity, the diamond generates some amount of electrical current.
This is a significant development because while nuclear waste can be arguably easier to obtain, it is still waste and brings with it a lot of risks with its usage. It can damage the environment, not to mention affect human health or kill us outright.
With the man-made diamonds, we can be sure to get a cleaner energy output and a better battery life. What is perhaps truly amazing is the method with which this system generates energy.
Normal electrical generation involves the routing of energy through coils of wire and with the help of magnetism. This new method requires none of those — it just needs the specific material (in this case the man-made diamond) close to a radioactive source.
It is in fact a boon to clean energy proponents as with this one, they can do away with all the emissions and the moving parts involved in the traditional way of generating current.
Carbon-14 Diamond Batteries take Virtually Forever to Deplete
While the diamond can only still provide low power for now, its projected longevity is staggering. Diamond is basically just pure carbon, and an isotope called Carbon-14 is proposed to be used for these new “diamond batteries.” It was reported that Carbon-14 would take an estimated 5,730 years to drop to 50% power.
Truly, when the technology is perfected, it will revolutionize the way we power our phones and other devices in the future.
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