Nuclear waste is a problem. It is radioactive, dangerous, environmentally unfriendly, and worst of all, it doesn’t just go away. It stays radioactive for thousands of years.
But what if we can use that to our advantage?
Nuclear Diamond Battery (NDB) is a new type of battery that defies the nature of what a battery is meant to be.
It is a battery that doesn’t run out in a single user’s lifetime. It is a battery that harvests electricity from radiation and keeps doing so for thousands of years.
Better yet, the converted nuclear waste turns into harmless by-products. So NDB is effectively denuclearising the nuclear waste safely.
Not only that, because the base material of diamond battery is diamond. The hardest material on the planet.
It is exceptionally safe and tamperproof. Most importantly, it is designed to power applications that are useful to us, like smartphones and electric vehicles.
NDB is a special kind of battery. A green and clean battery that lasts a lifetime.
Nuclear Diamond Battery is a battery solution that we all wanted. A battery that doesn’t suddenly run out when you need it most. A carefree battery solution that you don’t need to replace or recharge — a future battery solution to replace the current line of batteries.
We are living in a digital age where we are increasingly dependent on technology. Only to be let down by something as trivial as a battery, until now.
NDB can free consumers from these familiar cries. But that’s not all, NDB can even power applications like pacemakers and electric vehicles and many others.
All the while, it is incredibly safe. This is because NDB has a diamond coating. The hardest material on Earth, making it extremely safe and tamperproof.
What’s more, it is not just useful to you. It is also helpful to the environment.
Because NDB uses recycled nuclear waste is used to make NDB, there would be less toxic waste.
It is making nuclear power a much cleaner option than before. Big picture, this means we can use more nuclear power instead of fossil fuel.
Helping reduce the carbon footprint. As well as save billions of dollars worth of taxpayers’ money that is being used to store nuclear waste.
Who does it benefit?
The short answer is, virtually anyone who uses a battery.
We live in an age where anyone uses a battery. Ranging from a toddler playing with a tablet to the elderly who are trying to connect with their grandchildren on their smartphones.
Not to mention the motorists that are increasingly being encouraged to buy electric vehicles by the International Energy Agency and Electric Vehicles Initiative following the Paris Agreement.
NDB is a rare example of technology that benefits almost anyone. You, I and even the environment that we live in.
How does NDB work?
The core technology of Nuclear Diamond Battery is something called betavoltaics.
It is a device that harvests electricity from beta radiation. It’s sometimes called a nuclear battery or atomic battery. Although less efficient, tritium battery is a good example of this.
It’s like solar panels which converts light into electricity but uses radiation instead. However, unlike solar panels, it is significantly more efficient, powerful, and it can even generate electricity at night and in bad weather.
This is possible because Nuclear Diamond Battery is made from nuclear graphite.
In a nuclear reactor, a moderator keeps us safe from the nuclear reactor going out of control. Graphite is a commonly chosen material for this.
This graphite over the years of being exposed to radiation in the nuclear reactor becomes radioactive in itself, becoming nuclear waste.
At this point, this nuclear graphite is bleeding radiations constantly. For thousands of years in fact because of its extremely long half-life (5730 years).
NDB is made from this nuclear graphite. Because NDB is harvesting electricity from the radiation that is bleeding out for thousands of years. NDB can generate electricity for just as long.
So how exactly is radiation converted into electricity?
The key is in the base material of NDB, nuclear diamond. Because graphite and diamond are both made of carbon. Under certain conditions, you could convert graphite into diamond.
So what would happen if you convert nuclear graphite?
You will get a nuclear diamond.
This is where the magic happens. Most of us know diamond as a gemstone, something you would find on jewelry.
Its lesser-known secret is that diamond is also an excellent semiconductor, a material similar to silicon, the origin of the name Silicon Valley.
When radiation passes through this semiconductor, it generates electricity. So when nuclear diamond releases the radiation. It immediately converts radiation into electricity.
Best of all, because the diamond has a near 100% charge collection efficiency. Almost all of the electricity generated is useful.
Making Nuclear Diamond Battery extraordinarily efficient and powerful nuclear battery.
What makes NDB unique is the integrated nanostructures that enhance the power and efficiency further that allows NDB to be able to power everyday devices such as smartphones and smart homes.
Which manufacturing method does NDB use?
NDB is a product of cutting edge nanotechnology. A study of atomic-level material science.
Atomic batteries like NDB was not available before precisely for this reason. It was just too difficult to produce or even imagine making one.
It was only made possible due to recent technological advancements. Some examples of techniques that go into making NDB are Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD), metal sputtering, NDB’s CDPME1 process amongst others.
Additionally, characterization techniques such as TEM, SEM, Impedance spectroscopy, XPS, IV, CV, and many others is also used to examine and refine the NDB.
What application does NDB have?
When it comes to application, NDB has a significant range of choice.
One of the key advantages of the NDB is that it has uses in almost anything that uses a battery. This is possible because of two reasons.
One is because the power output is sufficiently large enough to support most electronic applications. Including high-power applications like electric vehicles.
This is possible because NDB can be assembled in series and parallel to create a power bank to provide high power. In other words, the power could be scaled and be designed specifically for the applications, which expands the scope of application substantially.
The other reason is in the structure of NDB.
NDB’s structure is a sequence of nano-scale films that generate electricity and because it is non-specific to the shape of this film. NDB can take almost any shape.
NDB could also be at home to most current applications and not just future ones since they could be made to fit current international standards and specifications such as those set by ANSI and IEC (such as 2170, 18650, 312, 277, AA, AAA, LR44, etc batteries).
When would NDB be ready?
The proof of concept of NDB is complete. NDB is at the stage of fundraising for a facility to build the prototype. The low power application will be ready in Year 2, and the high power NDB will be ready in year 5.