Claims of a Tiny Nuclear Battery That Can Last 50 Years: Real or Nah? -

Claims of a Tiny Nuclear Battery That Can Last 50 Years: Real or Nah?

Anton Petrov
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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about nuclear diamond nickel batteries that allegedly may last for 50 years created by a Chinese startup Betavolt

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0:00 Nuclear battery from China
1:00 Theory behind these batteries
2:20 Generation of electricity on Earth
4:00 Unique technique for electrical generation
4:25 Solution to nuclear waste
5:00 Diamond schottky diode
6:15 Previous similar batteries
7:00 Where are my diamond batteries?
7:40 Issues
8:35 Actually kind of safe
9:30 It’s all talk for now though
10:30 Similar devices we already use

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  1. There is an issue with carbon-14. It decays into nitrogen. I’m assuming the idea is that, instead of doping, it would actually be the structure itself. This has the implication that as the carbon-14 decays it will be replaced with nitrogen that very well may remain unbonded. Whether it bonds to the carbon or not, it will completely f-up the crystal structure producing defects. Which, if it is as sensitive as Antov said it is, will degrade the usability over time in a way that simple loss of radioactivity will not.

  2. I mean, we do have a lot of nuclear waste, but if we have to make batteries out of it, we'll quickly find out it's not actually a lot. There's like 400 000 tons of nuclear waste produced over the whole history of nuclear energy. I wouldn't exactly call that a lot. Average it over, let's say even generously 40 years, that's 10 000 tons per year. We use only lithium about 56 000 tons a year, not to mention cobalt and nickel. I dunno how much radioactive product will be needed for a battery that would be able to power a smartphone, but I'm sure it won't be substantially less than the metals used in lithium-ion batteries. So we'll have to be doing some serious ramping of nuclear energy production to satisfy this demand.

  3. this is all great but I still want a removable battery in my phone

  4. How long does it take for Ni-63 to decay into copper? Seems like it would be easy to recycle into wires or whatever else if the time make sense. Otherwise you've got batteries sitting around for x-years until you can recycle them.

  5. How can "intelligent" people still fall from such blatant scams

  6. if China told me we had to breath O2 I wouldn't believe their lying ass

  7. Mindreaders .. Everywhere! (i thought about that a month ago when i was pestering Bing/Copilot in a fun session starting with "Is it possible to build some like an RTG, but for producing electricity on earth. Preferably small and shielded enough, so it can not harm living beings?") …

    So much for that, bwuahaha!

  8. Now I can keep my Pokemon saved files for an eternity

  9. Once Electroboom gets ahold of one, then you're gonna see some SERIOUS S…

  10. no news from china can be trusted to be true. they are all liars and every 2-3 months they come up with a scheme like this and it's always fake

  11. I think this is great if it works. This is what you want for embedded devices which are everwhere. Small computers with sensors that monitor things like stress in a bridge. Solar power may not work. These computers drawe a small amount of power.

  12. It sounds like a scam to attract attention. I have lived in China for more than 20 years. Exaggeration is not even considered deception in China.

  13. Id like to see a glass battery 🔋

  14. Until the production of these is cheaper than our regular batteries we use today i don't really see this taking of in any large scale, at best this may see a niche use like perhaps in space exploration to replace those bulky nuclear generators we use today but other than that i really don't see much use for it, at least not any time soon and by the time its viable better technologies are likely to be found so its most likely that this will go nowhere. Also have to keep in mind that power cell companies thrive on their product being sold on constant basis, if this thing lasted for 50 years that isn't very financially viable for them to sell it in bulk is there

  15. But it's from red china. So I wouldn't trust anything about this, Until at least 10 different Western labs have independently verified it actually does what they say it does…

  16. From what I heard, radiovoltaic cells last for thousands of years. Or are these different?

  17. Hey Anton
    How about scaling it up to massive sizes
    To power homes?
    by increasing size could this bypass/negate
    any impurity issues
    I'm not a science guy but couldn't we use zirconium

  18. Not a bad idea but where is my sodium batteries. I like the idea of powering a smart phone off of salt water.

  19. No, you can not power a GameBoy whit this.

  20. China is always famous of fake stuff now also fake news.

  21. Knowing this is coming from China; I call fake. China hasnt had a good time recently, everything is lies, poor quality, scams and cons.

  22. Can't we just make a MEGA battery with nuclear waste that can power the grid?

  23. Beta emitters should be an energy source…
    Interesting that diamonds are the intermediary.
    I'm guessing just harvesting Beta particles (electrons) directly is impractical.

  24. Lead poisoning is everywhere due to the zealous battery producers of the past. Safety long term is the issue.

  25. Very cool tech! Can't wait to see the 1-watt version, then we can really see these powering smartphones.

  26. If were going to prouce nuclear wast with a half life longer than earth will exist. Won't we run out of places to put it🤣

  27. Exactly my point Anton. When I saw the tweet on X/Twitter everybody was praising china and I was the only one to say “hold your horses, CCP always lies.”

  28. nuclear electric battery is nothing new. Just some team thinking they can ignore the international severe restriction on nuclear power. The 'authorities' won't allow little pieces of radioactive matter to be scattered over society.

  29. The truth is dear wonderful person, even IF one could develop a battery with said aforementioned features, it will never come to market.

  30. RTGS ARE NOT a water/steam/turbine system. They use a semiconductor junction that generates electricity by a heat difference AKA TEGs. The Chinese one uses an electron capture radiation like solar cells. The problem is the Chinese battery is low amps and also still a health hazard taken apart.

  31. Many years ago there was an advert on tv which featured two tin aliens in a flying saucer discussing the stages of preparing and cooking mashed potataoes. At each stage they descend further and further towards hysterical laughter.They use Cadbury Smash.
    I wonder if the pilot of Oumoua whatever was giggling insanely and waving a bag of instant energy?

  32. The two terms I don't hear much about: Spent nuclear fuel and half-life.
    Spent nuclear fuel (be it fuel rods or whatever is in this battery) still has a half life. That half life can be 1,000 years or more. People might want to research exactly what is done with this toxic waste before touting its virtues. There are containers with spent nuclear fuel inside them which are already falling apart after only 40 or 50 years.
    Regular waste can at least be recycled. This stuff can't, and will be here for a long, long time.

  33. They’re real, but they filled them all with water, so they don’t work.

  34. This seems to be the type of battery you wouldn't want to use in like a watch There is no safe exposure limits of an element decaying and protons being flung through your body acceptable

  35. I have watched this video yet but I'm going to say it is fake. Let's see…….

  36. What? You dissing fusion? (turns back, crosses arms).

    This little nuclear battery could have some interesting niche applications. Imagine (as mentioned) a pacemaker that would last the life of the patient. Also, there could be uses for little sensors of many types could be placed in all kinds of weird locations, like inside of wind turbine blades. I imagine given a steady source of beta electricity, a capacitor could be charged that would release data in a "scream" of sorts, then rest for a while.

    So, no smart phone batteries yet, even if you could convince customers to adopt, but if they've managed to industrialize the tech, it could have some practical uses.

  37. Yes it is real,the russians have one that lasts 100 years. Like a decade ago.

  38. I don't like the idea of supporting the Chinese nuclear program.
    Not just any vendor can get radio-nucleotides in the 'Peoples Paradise'…you gotta be part of the Military.

  39. It may not change the world but I see a lot of applications where it would be useful

  40. Whoa… in the future, a version of this will be planted subdurally. Maybe even in the Brain!

    But Daddy, I WANT a Diamond Brain Battery NOW!

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