A half-century of power with the world’s first nuclear battery

Betavolt’s nuclear energy battery is deemed safe, emitting no radiation, suitable for medical devices

A Beijing-based company Betavolt says its nuclear-powered battery is the world’s first nuclear battery that has made nuclear energy much smaller. 

Chinese startup Betavolt has unveiled a new battery that the company claims can produce electricity for up to 50 years without charging or maintenance.

The world’s first nuclear battery is developed by atomic energy in much smaller amount, and 63 atomic isotopes have been combined in a module smaller than the coin.

The company says that this next-generation battery has already entered the testing phase and will eventually be mass-produced for commercial devices such as phones and drones.

The company said in a statement that Betavolt nuclear energy batteries can meet the long-term power supply needs to a variety of devices such as aerospace, artificial intelligence equipment, medical equipment, microprocessors, modern sensors, small drones and microrobots.

“This new energy innovation will help China take the lead in a new era of artificial intelligence technological revolution.” ‘

The above battery converts the energy emitted from the depleted isotopes into electricity. This is a process that was first discovered in the 20th century.

Scientists from the Soviet Union and the United States were able to develop technology for use in spacecraft, underwater systems, and remote scientific stations, but thermonuclear batteries were both expensive and large in size.

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan aims to strengthen the country’s economy between 2021 and 2025, while research institutions in the United States and Europe are also working on making such batteries.

Betavolt says its first nuclear battery can deliver 100 microwatts of electricity and a voltage of 3 V, while its size is 15×15×5 cubic millimeters. However, the company plans to produce a one-watt power-generating battery by 2025.

The small size of nuclear batteries means they can be used in series to generate more electricity. According to the company’s concept, mobile phones using this battery will never need to be charged, while drones will be able to fly continuously.

Betavolt claims that the layered design of the battery also means that it will not catch fire or explode when suddenly hit. This battery is also capable of working in temperatures ranging from minus 60 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius.

The company says that the nuclear energy battery made by Betavolt is absolutely safe. “None of the radiation comes out of it and is suitable for use in pacemakers, artificial hearts and hearing aids in the human body.”

“Nuclear power batteries are environmentally friendly. At the end of the shallow period, 63 isotopes are converted into stable isotopes of copper, which is non-radioactive and does not pose any threat or pollution to the environment.”

Nasir Taimoori

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