A project to make diamond batteries, which could provide decades worth of energy without a recharge, is underway as scientists at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKEA) work with academics at the University of Bristol, UK. Computer chips, smoke alarms, pacemakers, or small satellites could all be operated by such a device. Tritium scientists at UKAEA’s Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology facility (H3AT) are at the early stages of establishing a pilot project which may result in a production line for the diamond batteries. The battery would be powered by small amounts of graphite from former nuclear reactors – presenting the opportunity to recycle both carbon-14 and tritium into micro-power diamond devices. Each battery would be very small. Estimates suggest 50kg of carbon-14 would be sufficient for millions of units.
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