Scientists Are Turning Nuclear Waste Into Batteries Made Of Diamonds

Literally Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Yes, you heard right. Those nerds have done it again. Now Diamonds are not only a girl’s best friend but also an electricity generator’s. So fancy.

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Scientists at the University of Bristol just figured out a way to turn radioactive gas into artificial diamonds which could contain a half-life of 5,730 years. 

According to a press release from The University Of Bristol: “Unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a magnet through a coil of wire to generate a current, the man-made diamond is able to produce a charge simply by being placed in close proximity to a radioactive source.”

The current prototype batteries use Nickel-63, an isotope with a half life of 100 years and as stated in Wikipedia, “previously used in the detection of explosives, and in certain kinds of electronic devices, such as surge protectors.”  

The next step is using Carbon-14, found in graphite blocks and used in nuclear plants to moderate radioactivity. This has a much longer half-life and adds Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre

“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.”

They also want our layman’s help, 

“There are so many possible uses that we’re asking the public to come up with suggestions of how they would utilise this technology by using #diamondbattery.”

So how would you use a battery made out of diamonds?

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.