You may never have to charge your phone again with this nuclear battery

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Nuclear battery to avoid recharging the mobile

Although it has improved a lot in recent years, both in autonomy and in the speed at which they are charged, the mobile phone batteries They continue to be its main Achilles heel, since they require us to charge our smartphone every day and we use it for more and more things. However, a new technological innovation could solve this problem safely and make us never have to charge our mobile again.

A Chinese company called Betavolt Technology develops small radionuclide batteries with which smartphones would never have to recharge their batteries. They ensure that the risks of radionuclide batteries are low and the cell phone could last decades with the initial charge.

Mobile phones with nuclear battery

A Chinese company wants to be able to manufacture radionuclide or radioisotope batteries with which, for example, smartphones never have to be charged again. Of course, beyond the impact of the nuclear battery name, the risks of that technology should also be low in the new development.

mobile with full battery

 

 

Batteries of this type use the energy released during the radioactive decay to generate electricity. They are generally known for space travel, where they power the components of probes that are too far from the sun to continue operating with solar cells. This type of energy source is also already used in terrestrial devices that must operate for a long time without changing the battery, such as pacemakers.

However, the systems available until now were not suitable for mass use, such as batteries for mobile phones. They were either too big or didn’t provide enough power. Above all, the radioactive materials used, such as plutoniumthey were simply too dangerous.

How long does it last without recharging?

The great advantage of this type of energy is precisely that we would not need to worry about recharging our mobile phone, since the great advantage of the nuclear battery is that it can provide electricity for up to 50 years. It also works reliably in temperature ranges from -60 to 120 degrees Celsius, which would make the system more effective and less fragile to inclement weather, as is now the case with lithium batteries.

nuclear battery components scheme

According to Betavolt Technology, the Chinese company in charge of these prototypes, the system no radiation escapes, so it could also be used in medical implants. And when the nickel-63 in it breaks down, it turns into copper, so there are no toxic chemicals.

The centerpiece is a artificial diamond layer only 10 micrometers thick, which serves as a semiconducting layer. The crystalline structure generates electricity from the energy released by a decaying nickel isotope. According to the manufacturer, the battery can already meet the power needs of long-duration applications such as aerospace, medical devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), advanced sensors, small drones and microrobots.