Betavolt claims that it is the world’s first battery i.e radioactive battery to achieve the miniaturization of atomic energy production, challenging traditional notions associated with nuclear technology.
Betavolt, a startup situated in China, has engineered a battery with the ability to generate power continuously for 50 years without the need for charging or maintenance.
Betavolt’s “nuclear” battery, condensed into a module smaller than a coin and containing 63 nuclear isotopes, transforms radioisotope energy into electricity. Its notable advantage lies in high energy density, harnessing the decay of a radioactive isotope to generate power.
Betavolt asserts itself as the pioneer in battery technology by achieving the miniaturization of atomic energy production, challenging conventional perceptions linked to nuclear technology.
The company stated that its inaugural nuclear battery is capable of providing 100 microwatts of power with a voltage of 3V, all within a compact size measuring 15x15x5 cubic millimeters.
“This groundbreaking energy innovation positions China at the forefront of the AI technological revolution. Betavolt’s atomic energy batteries offer enduring power solutions for various applications, including aerospace, AI equipment, medical devices, microprocessors, advanced sensors, small drones, and micro-robots,” as quoted by The Independent from Betavolt’s release.
The company asserts that their invention represents a next-generation battery, currently undergoing pilot testing. Plans are in place for mass production, targeting commercial applications such as phone or drone batteries.
Remarkably, the newly developed nuclear battery boasts a layered structure, ensuring fire resistance and resilience against sudden external forces, reducing the risk of explosions. Additionally, it exhibits functionality within a wide temperature range, from -60 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius.