In today’s era, it would seem as if batteries can power the whole world. And yes, I’m talking about batteries, not dosh. If not for rechargeable batteries, all of our electronics would become white elephants, with the potential to push the world into complete chaos!
Given the world slowly leaning towards green technology, our batteries take up massive amounts of energy to stay usable all throughout their lifetime. But what if future batteries may only need a one-time charge across their lifespan? This would not only be extremely convenient but also introduce more innovations when it comes to energy conservation.
A U.S. startup, called NDB, seems to consider this as a feasible possibility. Recently, they unveiled their ‘Nano Diamond Batteries’ (NDB) which has the impressive ability to retain its charge not just for a week or two, but for at least 28,000 years!
It All Began With A Synthetic Diamond
It all began in a university. In 2016, researchers got together to unveil the first-ever man-made diamond. It was created from nuclear waste, with the power to generate huge amounts of energy. Eventually, they called it ‘diamond battery’.
Furthermore, team leader Tom Scott said that their battery could reach a quantum scale by replacing Nickel (Ni) with Carbon-14 (C-14) to produce clean energy from radioactive waste.
So, carbon-free energy from a carbon-filled product… If that sounds bizarre to you, no, it’s not. That’s because there were no moving parts that could release carbon emissions in the first place.
The First-Ever Nano Diamond Battery
Last year, NDB went on to adapt their concept for Nano diamond batteries with an energy capacity that can last thousands, if not hundreds, of years. Some people wonder if there will finally be flying cars buzzing around by then, but that’s another story!
Nano Diamond Batteries Highlights
Some highlights of the nano diamond batteries include a radioactive carbon core, and multiple layers of cheap, man-made diamonds surrounding it. The core is made from nuclear waste, but the stacks of diamonds surrounding the core will make the cell safe and durable for regular usage.
According to the rule of thermodynamics, any low-frequency material within proximity to a high-energy device will cause its frequency will rise up. The same principle is used in nano diamond batteries to provide an outstanding level of thermal conductivity.
How Different Are NDBs From Conventional Ones?
It’s all about the NDB’s radioactive core that makes all the difference. It’s fitted with a diamond nuclear voltaic device to produce electricity from friction between contrasting materials e.g., semiconductors. The clincher comes from the highly flexible Boron-10, which enables the battery to take on any shape when necessary.
These extraordinary properties of nano diamond batteries imply a huge potential in large industries like electronic equipment, defense tech, aerospace, and medical devices.
So, is this the answer to a better world? After all, we’re dealing with “recycled” nuclear waste here. Well, no one knows for now, but we can expect their first commercial prototype in the latter half of 2021. They expressed that their product has caught a lot of attention, including those guys in the aerospace companies and other interested customers.
Future Use Of Nano Diamond Batteries
As we heavily rely on batteries to power our electronics and other handheld devices, there’s a rapid increase in global demand for more cost-effective and efficient power cells. Conventional batteries have a higher carbon footprint. The NDB can deal with these problems in terms of longevity and widespread applications. According to Dr. John Shawe-Taylor, this innovation could be the solution for having a close-to-zero carbon footprint and reduced energy transportation costs.