British boffins have developed nuclear-powered batteries which could generate power for thousands of years.
An elite team of physicists and chemists at the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate an electrical current. This will enable it to generate power, potentially soling the problem of batteries ever running out.
The team at the University of Bristol reckon the development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.
Leader researcher Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation.
“By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.”