The University of Bristol, in England, has developed new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the university has “grown a man-made diamond” that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The developers say the innovation could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life. This new method for radioactive energy was presented at the Cabot Institute’s annual lecture – Ideas to Change the World – on 25 November. The Cabot Institute is the university’s first flagship cross-disciplinary research institute. In a statement, the university said that, unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a magnet through a coil of wire to generate a current, the man-made diamond is able to produce a charge simply by being placed in close proximity to a radioactive source.
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