NDB says that their nuclear waste powered batteries will last for thousands of years

Imagine having a mobile phone whose battery could last almost a decade. Even imagining it doesn’t seem to be possible for the general people now, but this is what a California-based battery company Nano Diamond Battery (NDB) is claiming.

The key to their revolutionary batteries is radioactive nuclear waste. We all know how much nuclear waste is produced and how difficult it is to store them or dispose of them as it is incredibly toxic and lasts thousands of years. The range of disposal options includes disposal in geological formations under the deep ocean floor, disposal on the ocean floor, disposal in glaciated areas, extraterrestrial disposal, and destruction by nuclear transmutation.

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The company claims it can safely utilize this waste to generate power in its nanodiamond batteries. It can achieve this by processing graphite nuclear waste into a pure form and then converting it into diamonds.

If the company can achieve what it says, it would completely change the current technology and how we would use it in our day to day life as today’s day-to-day use of technology is largely restricted due to the battery life problems.

“Think of it in an iPhone, with the same size battery, it would charge your battery from zero to full, five times an hour. Imagine that. Imagine a world where you wouldn’t have to charge your battery at all for the day. Now imagine for the week, for the month… How about for decades? That’s what we’re able to do with this technology,” NDB’s chief strategy officer Neel Naicker says.

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“Using radioisotopes as a source for energy is not new. We have nuclear medicine, where patients are treated with controlled equipment, which has always given effective results. Similarly, we have had nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. Of course, that’s a completely different process, but it’s been able to successfully and safely deliver power and energy without safety issues,” NDB’s chief operating officer Mohammed Irfan explained.

The company said that they would be working on a prototype as soon as the pandemic eases out. 

“We’ve taken something that’s really harmful to the environment, a problem, and created energy,” NDB’s Naicker says.

Even though it is yet to see how the people would feel about having some of the nuclear waste in their pockets, even if regular customers are not comfortable using it, this technology can be a massive boost to the space exploration teams to use in satellites and all to provide energy in hard-to-reach locations or remote areas where routine maintenance would be difficult.

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