“Learn everything about Nano-diamond battery | Universal Self-charging green battery in simple terms”
Batteries are one of the most essential fields in technology. It is used by many of our Electronic Devices. Although this is an important unit, there are very few advancements in the years. Don’t get me wrong, I know that, there is a drastic change in charging speed, capacity, and size of batteries. We have these fancy wireless charging, fast charging, etc.
However, if we talk about the battery core, it has not changed for a long time. It uses that same Lithium and other similar compounds. There are many theories and small scale projects for improving batteries such as Graphene, Sodium batteries, etc.
There are great alternatives that might replace Lithium-ion batteries in the coming years. It can improve the charging time, capacity, and also reduce the size. These implementations can bring a huge impact on next-generation batteries. Still, the problem (rather call it a flaw) is not solved.
So, What’s the problem?
Let me explain. Even if you improve capacity and charging speeds to a higher extent, the batteries will last unless the charge remains. Once discharged completely, it needs further charging again for the device to function. This can be a limiting factor for the high speed and ultra-fast processing devices in the future. So, we need a permanent solution.
The only solution is to produce a battery that doesn’t need charging i.e the batteries can charge by itself and what if I tell a company is working on it. Yes, Don’t Worry! I am not joking, there is a company named NDB that is claiming to produce this piece of tech.
They claim that the Nuclear waste produced from the Reactors can be used to produce these Universal Self-Charging Green battery also known as Nano-Diamond battery.
Just Imagine, You are purchasing a new smartphone, a car, laptop, or any other electronic device and it didn’t require charging. How would your life be?
No wires, No worries of keeping the juice filled in your phone or car.😀
Before we look into the complete details on this technology, Let me make a remainder.
These Batteries don’t exist currently in 2020 and the company is going to develop the product after raising funds and investments. They have their research and proof which seems to make this product possible in the near future.
Now, Let me explain to you what is Nano-diamond battery, the concept, working, and its benefits, and most importantly the problems associated, and by when can we expect these in the market?
What is a Nano-diamond Battery?
It is a new type of battery that can be developed using Nuclear waste from the reactors to produce electricity, that can be further used for all electronic devices in the future. The Company claims that these batteries can last for more than 28000+ years on a single charge.
NDB states that the Nano-diamond Battery can self-charge itself and its environment friendly. It could power up Smartphones, Electric Vehicles, Drones, etc and has many applications that can bring a major difference in our society.
Basically, these batteries use polycrystalline diamond coating to store the source inside. Because it is the most thermally conductive material (i.e it can store radiation inside the device) and also due to its toughness (12 times harder than stainless steel), it makes the battery quite tough and stiff.
Now, let us go through how nano-diamond battery work, and its applications.
How does it work?
The proof of the concept of developing NDB was evaluated by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which suggests that there is a 40% charge rise in efficiency over the diamond (source).
The company explains the working of Nano-diamond battery in the following manner. First, the radioactive graphite that’s generated as a nuclear waste from the power plants is extracted after the reaction.
Currently, these extracted radioactive residues are disposed because it is harmful. These materials are dumped into a container and thrown in deep-sea or volcanoes to avoid and living contact and eventually it would decay.
These harmful materials ( radioactive graphite) are treated and purification is done. Further, develop a layered structure of carbon to make batteries.
The batteries are called Diamond Nuclear Voltaic (DNV), which is the combination of semiconductor, ceramic and metal, that has two contact surfaces for charge collection.
Many units are arranged in the form of the stack where fabrication is done and positive and negative surfaces are formed similar to the common battery system but with a high output source.
In these batteries, radio-isotopes are arranged in such a way that it helps inelastic scattering that is originated due to a single crystalline diamond in the system. At the same time, stacks along with the source are coated with a layer of polycrystalline diamond.
You can also watch the below video on NDB batteries to learn more…
The best properties of this nano-diamond battery are that it can be of many sizes that can fit from mobile devices to electric cars. One more big concern is regarding its safety. As it uses radiation as a source to produce electricity, is it safe? According to the company, it is stated as the batteries are safe because the radiation emitted from these are lower than the radiation produced from a human body.
So, the theory says it is safe. Still, take it with a grain of salt, because there are no physical batteries that are officially tested.
Applications of Nano-diamond Battery
- Medical field
- Automotive industry / Electric Vehicles
- Electronics (Smart devices)
- Industrial applications
Check out all applications of Nano-diamond battery explained in brief here.
These Nano-diamond Battery has achieved a breakthrough 40% charge, a significant improvement over commercial diamonds, which have only a 15% charge collection efficiency. NDB Inc has also announced their first two beta customers, includes a leading global aerospace, defense, and security manufacturing company, and a leader in nuclear fuel cycle products and services.
The first NDB commercial prototype battery is currently advancing and it might be available in a few years. Let’s see, if it comes to life and if it does, it will really bring a huge difference in Tech Industry.