Scientists Invent Nuclear Waste–Powered Diamond Batteries that Last More than 5,000 Years

By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, scientists turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have developed nuclear waste–powered radioactive diamond batteries that last more than 5,000 years. The new technology — which uses a man-made diamond that generates a small electrical currentwhen placed in a radioactive field — could simultaneously help solve the problems of radioactive nuclear waste, clean electricity generation, and battery life, the researchers claim.

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, elaborated:

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