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According to a new research, a battery crafted from nuclear waste could last for more than '5000 years.' Yes! You read that right, it's '5000' years.
Scientists from the University of Bristol, UK, claimed to have discovered a way to turn nuclear waste to batteries that are expected to last for more than '5000' years.
This breakthrough can help some of the biggest problems the world is facing today - resolves the issues of storing nuclear waste and battery life, say the scientists. Researchers found that the carbon - which is used to hold nuclear rods in power plants can be turned to diamonds which can be further used as long lasting batteries.
They have also come with the term - 'Diamond Batteries' and claim that it won't be dangerous to human health considering the fact that they emit very less nuclear radiation almost less than what a banana does.
Stephen Lincoln, Visiting Research Fellow, Professor, University of Adelaide commented that "a breakthrough of this magnitude, if confirmed, would be revolutionary."
"Nuclear waste is a huge issue, there would be something like 150,000 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste stored in various places around the world. It is stored temporarily and the only permanent storage facility is in Finland but there is nothing there yet."
"If you could use nuclear waste for generating power, the significant thing on top of the fact that you don't need to find somewhere to store it, is it doesn't generate carbon dioxide so it would be great for the environment."
How do they work
For those who are curious to know about its working procedure. Allow us to explain. Generally, graphite is used in Nuclear reactors to moderate the generated radiations. During this process, the graphite rods become radioactive (after several years).
Once the Nuclear Reactor is made inactive, these radioactive graphite rods have to be safely stored. Here comes the interesting part, instead of storing these graphite rods, University of Bristol researchers have found that heating these blocks will produces a radioactive gas which can be further turned to diamonds.
Because of the radioactive energy, these diamonds generate a small electric current which lasts for thousands of years claim researchers.
Where can these be applied
Tom Scott, Cabot Institute Professor, University of Bristol explained that "we envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries."
"Obvious applications would be in low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed, such as pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft."