Summary #1478

Diamond batteries promise to power space probes for 100 years

asia.nikkei.com
  • Man-made diamonds can generate electricity when you put them in a radioactive field, and voila - diamond batteries.
  • Since they’re powered by beta rays from carbon-14 and/or nickel-63 isotopes, these batteries can live for 100 years.
  • Diamond batteries have been deployed before, but this study offers a new type.
  • The new diamond batteries need a better power output, as for now they generate one-millionth of a watt in electricity.
  • They could be useful for space equipment or underground mining equipment.

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