Battery drain on cell phones is one of the constant complaints of mobile phone users. In many cases, it is necessary to charge with external batteries or with the wired charging device.
Faced with this scourge, Chinese technology firm BetaVolt Technology developed a miniature nuclear battery that could establish an infinite charge on a smartphone and simply allow users to not worry about their batteries for decades.
The autonomy offered by this battery is up to 50 years, which does not require charging or undergoing any type of maintenance. According to the firm, this battery could be used in drones, robots, medical devices and even in devices sent to outer space.
The energy of this battery is obtained from the radioactive decay of an unstable atom of subatomic particles known as “isotopes”. Despite its contributions to electronic devices, its radioactive nature in society is also being questioned.
The BetaVolt Technology page suggested on its portal that: “it can produce a pulse power supply with a longer lifespan by adding a supercapacitor as an energy storage device”; and added: “the atomic energy battery mainly uses nickel-63 as the energy source and diamond semiconductor as the energy converter.”
The battery was named BV-100 and has already been tested with great success; However, it needs more testing to be sold en masse or on a large scale.
‘Miniaturizing’ batteries is expected to be part of China’s Five-Year Plan to strengthen the country’s economy between 2021 and 2025, while countries such as the US and some European nations are also developing a similar battery.
BetaVolt Technology’s first nuclear battery could provide 100 microwatts of power and a voltage of 3V, while measuring 15x15x5 cubic millimeters, however, it plans to produce a battery with 1 watt of power by 2025.