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We don’t worry about the half life of the dangerous radioactive elements in the Earth’s crust, we just sit secure in the absolute fact that they are not going anywhere. However, putting a radioactive rock in a jar doesn’t generate usable current and there’s no off-switch, making … Mounted on a 1-foot square epoxy circuit board, I recognize the familiar dull-green plastic case of a high-voltage flyback transformer, and after realizing what that component is I then recognize the multi-vibrator circuit that feeds it — a set of two transistors set to pulse at a specific frequency through the flyback to power the device. A staple of science fiction and comic books of the 1950’s & 60s, but not of real life. From their dull-gray metallic color, these could be made of lead or pewter, but I know better as I realize that they are the Americum-241 pellets used to provide ionizing radiation in smoke detectors. “Oh, they work,” he says, “Here’s one that I’ve been tinkering with for the last few months”. Pump that up a bit and put that into a real battery cell. Jul 6, 2010 #3 wil3. What this means is that a beta-emitting isotope (one that emits primarily electrons as it decays) can be forced electronically to emit the same number of electrons in an hour as it ordinarily might emit in a year or more. Certain nuclear isotopes emit electrons when they break down — these are called “beta-emitting” isotopes. It is weak, but it is there. Unlike most nuclear power sources which use nuclear radiation to generate heat which then is used to generate electricity, betavoltaic devices use a non-thermal conversion process, … Of course, the amount of power you can get from this device is on the order of microwatts. I do exactly that to make alpha detectors, and alphas are much more easily blocked than betas. Build a million of them and you’ll have 1 watt. But instead of absorbing photons from the sun to create energy, betavoltaics absorb radioactive particles, he said. Lazar owns United Nuclear, which manufactures Geiger counters for use by the government and several commercial organizations, and one of Bob’s hobbies is collecting naturally-occurring radioactive rocks in the desert. You turn it on and it applies a high-voltage to the nuclear material inside, and that causes the isotope to beta-decay & release electrons faster than they’d normally be emitted. In other words, you get power when you need it, none when you don’t — a true battery. You’re actually telling me what you’re holding actually works?”, “Yeah,” he responds, “It works. I expected NurdRage to use the tritium to hydrogenate an oil then coat the semiconductor cell with that directly. Learn more, http://gizmodo.com/5132765/soviet-atomic-lighthouses-are-both-spooky-and-deadly/, The High-Tech Valor Glass Vials Used To Deliver The Coronavirus Vaccine, The Mouth-Watering World Of NIST Standard Foods. I first learned about nuclear beta-decay batteries from none other than the infamous Bob Lazar, formerly of Area 51 fame. Jim, not true, I can detect a tritium tube with my geiger counter. Rather than use Gamma rays and converting them directly, they take the brute force approach and stop all the radiation and let them produce heat. The physicists developed and manufactured a betavoltaic battery using nickel-63 as the source of radiation and Schottky barrier-based diamond diodes for energy conversion. Or at least provide a popup asking for why you are reporting it, with the option to cancel. There are no viable gamma ray range photovolatic panels due to their extreme penetration depth. In science, K40 is stable enough that it has little scientific use other than in studying biological systems using a highly bio-available and generally stable isotope. You simply get a glass vial and run a wire into the glass until it touches the rock — this is your positive potential. It’s only the extreme cases where this might be viable. “I put it on the oscilloscope a while back,” he says, “and it basically rings. Since the electrons are emitted at high energy & high-speed, they disrupt other electrons when they collide with atoms, which allows you to create a “secondary current” at a lower voltage but much higher amperage simply by having them strike a correctly designed metal collector. If you simply bury radioactive wastes where nobody can get to them, the problem is solved. Hmm, so 1.23 µW over 15 years equals 0.16 Wh. Many years ago I had the idea of painting a solar cell with luminescent radium watch dial paint. The cross-section is highest for slow neutrons. So-called betavoltaic batteries were dreamed up way back in 1913. There’s hundreds of us complaining a week about false reports, they know. Thanks! I was thinking of photodiodes but i was unsure about them. Same here, milliamp range is read on the voltage input. By growing man-made diamonds that contain radioactive carbon-14, they can create “betavoltaic batteries” that produce a constant current and could last thousands of years. Also, page 6 of this document tells how to calculate the theoretical yield of radiation on diodes. Also be careful with epoxy, it can crack the glass!! The electrons that are released during this natural decay process can be collected to provide electrical energy. Like if you need something that can work at -100 celsius. Sorry just took troll comment for something actually useful, fuck me right? A chemical battery SHOULD last 10 years. Those vials can be bought separately on ebay. The nifty bit is the condition of the chip dies doesn’t matter, just that the power and ground are still connected to them. Betavoltaic devices are self contained power sources that convert high energy beta (β) particles emitted from the decay of radioactive isotopes into electrical current. Doing anything with tritium gas other than it’s intended product is a big no-no. “I had to pry these out of the little epoxy cases that they’re normally housed in within the smoke detector”, Merlin tells me, “and they’re safe as long as you wash your hands after touching them.”. Sounded fun to some kid dreaming of a 10w TEG to trickle charge my bat-cave 160M rig. It is more viable and compact to use the heat from the decay instead. Oh absolutely. For this battery, you will need one unopened can of soda (any type will do), one plastic cup (6 to 8 ounces), and one 3/4-inch-wide strip of copper that's slightly longer than the height of the cup. D. No, it wouldn’t, it’d be massively impractical. I’m planning on modifying the circuitry to allow it to completely feedback the electricity that the isotope generates through the stimulation circuit in the near future — that should let it run indefinitely, and after that I can attempt to draw high-voltage electricity from it to power other projects. Learn how your comment data is processed. I don’t have the specific numbers myself, but you can predict to within a few percent the power output at any point in the 50+ year future by taking into account the decay rates of the nuclear material, the phosphor and the solar cell. I’m sure he can reproduce and improve your measurements, make another nice youtube-movie about it, and even perhaps come up with an energy-harvest solution to put it to good use. You can stack eight or nine cups to make a ~12 Volt DC battery. first dye-sensitized betavoltaic cell… achieves unprecedented radiation-to-electricity conversion efficiency Scientists at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in Korea have found a way to improve the efficiency of betavoltaic devices, a type of power source that uses an internal radioactive material. Well, tritium decay also emits a neutrino, but good luck capturing that energy. An electrode stack is inserted into the resulting form to create a pouch cell. This basement is the “secret lab” of experimenter Merlin Del Orion — a white-bearded gentleman in his late 60’s that bears more than a little resemblance to his namesake from the age of Camelot. I wondered how much power that would put out. You may think that tritium is hard to obtain or even forbidden, however, recently you can find tritium in self-lightning key chains, and it is also used in watches and firearm night sights. Potassium chloride is not much of a beta source. Filters or lenses cannot shift the wavelength of light. You won’t know until you wait that long and try it. Could a deadly mushroom help battle cancer? alice crush wrote a comment on project log Ternary computer. Good proof of concept though! Never got around to developing this because of the half life of a glow stick in comparison…. Also worth trying: get some ancient photoelectric smoke alarms and pull the IR sensitive photodiode out of them. Merlin pauses to adjust his spectacles and frowns slightly, with one eyebrow curling up just slightly. Would exposing the bare solar panel to beta rays maybe also result in some power or is the penetration depth too large (probably…)? With a non-stimulated half-life of 1.7 billion years, it would appear that that the K40 solution under development by Betavoltaic is the ‘perfect’ process for liberating energy in a controlled manner from the breakdown of this material. If you want a light source that lasts for years but do not want to use radioactive tritium, consider the TritiLED. This means that after I turn the power off, the static charge decays very slowly compared to an inert test sample, which gives me a ring-curve on the oscilloscope. Merlin’s nuclear-battery does more than just ring, though — and both he and I know it. Didn’t even occur to me that was already where he was going with that. The beta particles (electrons) from the tritium radioactive process causes phosphors in the device to glow, giving a light that can last for years. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I’ll give them a try! The beta particles from tritium decay are blocked by the glass envelope. Now the next step would be to get a solar panel that was geared specifically toward the light wavelength of the fluid. In this case photons have a little easier path to the photo-voltaic? Electrons are always being produced, even when you don’t need them. It has an 89% ratio of calcium formation, featuring a double beta-decay with energy levels of 1.311 Mev (Million Electron Volts). Therefore, instead of a scant-few electrons being emitted from the isotope under normal conditions, the same isotope in a charge-stimulated environment will emit enough to generate a usable electrical current. you could ballpark-it by comparing it to the Amps range ie 172mA vs 0.16A miiight be around 166mA, or just permenanently solder tweak-resistors while borrowing someone else’s meter to compare. In addition, you'll need a pair of scissors, a voltage meter, and two electrical lead wires with alligator clips at both ends. The betavoltaic battery isn't doing anything other than recovering the losses within the cycle so the fuel cell can create more power. Dude, that could have been me… my BBS had 160 megabytes of storage! Please, please, please, send your battery to Dave Jones of EEVBlog.com. That minuscule amount of power is actually not easy to measure, and he does a great job explaining the circuit he used to measure the current. Based on the betavoltaic and alphavoltaic effects, a 4H-SiC micronuclear battery was demonstrated. I wanted to make an arduino GPS logger to attach to each container to automatically log the source movement (rather than the current paper method) as it’s, understandably required by law. Merlin twists at a seam in the middle of the metal ball and lifts off the top portion for me to look inside. I am writing a manual explaining some of the future technologies in my novel, “Texting and Teleporting”. Ultimately, that’s the problem with old-school Betavoltaic technology: it takes a good sized chunk of nuclear material to produce a usable current, and there’s no off-switch. It’s pretty-trippy — it’s like a battery, but it’s nuclear.”. everyone knows that beta radiation is a partical and not a photon, right? Apart from all the RTG’s powering, you know, most of NASA’s probes and rovers? Maybe safer to use nail varnish that sets under blue light. You tried doing that and the DOE/NRC will be all over you. I realize this is an old discussion but it occurs to me you could possibly see *some* gain by encasing the whole thing in clear epoxy (vibrating out any bubbles) to transmit the light more directly to the PV cells. …and lighthouses: If he turned the solar panels AWAY from the Tritium, they would produce more power :). I know that Merlin also realizes this, because the inside of the reflective metal-ball that the isotopes sit inside is lined with at least 1/8th inch thick lead-shielding. But you are right, for most people, even most professionals, a bunch of ultra-long life lithium batteries with some ORing diodes will give plenty of capacity and reliability for most projects which only need to last a few years at most. :D, EPROMs are just big silicon die with a bunch of diffused transistors. The battery might work better if some of those were obtainable rather than the tiny ones. You’d be better off nicking an RTG from an old Soviet lighthouse, or perhaps a forgotten space probe. Is the phosphor necessary? When you switch from volts to amps you need to use a different port on the meter… lol cmon nurd rage, most of my multimeters will read a couple hundred milliamps without having to switch over to the larger current shunt port. A commercial nuclear battery from City Labs. Probably best to point solar panels at the actual Sun. Betavoltaic technology is over 50-years old and was developed for use in outerspace and medical implant applications. :) Then when I watched NurdRage’s video on the Soxhlet Extractor where he was removing the plastic shell from the tritium key chains I thought “Those would be perfect for my old idea of a nuclear/solar cell battery. If someone removed the ‘glass’ from an EPROM…. Also mods you really need to move that report button. World’s Largest Telescope To Finally See Stars Without Artificial Spikes, Scientists have 3D-printed the first-ever biomimetic tongue, Strange Worms Are Taking Their Place on Your Family Tree. Widetronix has built upon the continued innovations in semiconductor materials to make an extremely energy-dense betavoltaic. The DVM I use most reads up to 2A before shunt needed. Not by much it would seem, He tried it with one solar panel at first. Some might mistake it for a junk room, but I know exactly where I’m at: a tinkerer’s workshop, filled with a lifetime of dreams. The mention of 20 curies in a fluorescing exit sign made me think twice. A nice safe fusion generator that’s thousands of miles away. like spreading them across 4 panels. I had considered that as well, sandwiching the source with two solar cells. A single crystal diamond large area thin membrane was assembled as a p-doped/Intrinsic/Metal (PIM) structure and used in a betavoltaic configuration. Not certain if it would have the proper surface structure – planar – to make it work though.. You can daisy chain the power and ground pins of EPROMs to make a low output solar cell. I’ve popped open a few older soldered metal top CPUs that are really big die but those might be worth more as collectibles than as science experiments…, This was my idea when I was a kid, except it was with glow sticks instead of tritium tubes. It’s a nearly perfect process, because it only releases energy under stimulation, and in the event of a critical failure it immediately ceases energy production.”. And there’s nowhere else for the light to go, than the solar cells. Denture Synth, OLED Keycaps, And SNES Raytracing, Bare-Metal STM32: Exploring Memory-Mapped I/O And Linker Scripts, New Part Day: Hackboard 2, An X86 Single-Board Computer, Netscape Communicator And SHA-1 Written Into Brexit Agreement, 3D Printed Server Case Holds 14 Raspberry Pis, Retrocomputing With Modern Hardware, No Emulation Required. Hey NurdRage – if you’re going to do that, consider getting some 2N3055 power transistors from eBay and cut the metal tops off and try pointing the betas directly at the B-E junction. I bought one and 3Dprinted a parabolic case over it. The most prominent tritium-producing reaction in natural lithium is Li-6(n,a)H-3. The ball contains a collection of maybe 20 or 30 small pellets. After external power has been applied and a static-charge initiated through the special control-circuits running into the isotope chamber, the isotope becomes self-sustaining for a period of time and generates its own electricity as the decay-rate of the Americum-241 accelerates and releases a steady stream of high-voltage electrons. Adding a second only added ~20% power. Tehe, maybe use the tiny disc from a smoke alarm instead :D. True statement Miroslav. A friend won a prize in a high school science fair doing that with a dozen or so BIOS EPROMs he’d taken from dead and obsolete PC motherboards. Synthetic Life Forms Could Change Everything. The Ice Tray Battery Fab has updated details to pxlBlck - An IOT/SmartHome notification system. stolen my idea. The 2N3055 is a silicon device. I am an engineer with a nuclear background and considered a design that can deliver 50 watts. At temperatures that low most batteries freeze and some will even puncture their internal separators, causing them to short out if you bring them back up to room temperature. Best comment so far. In a sense, these little cup batteries act like legos. After taking into consideration the possibility that I might want to actually have children in the future, I decide not to ask him for a demonstration of the device — at least not today. They then convert the *heat* itself into electricity using thermoelectric elements (peltier elements). Battery sealing: The electrolyte-soaked battery pouch is heat-sealed and placed in a vacuum chamber, which removes excess air from inside the pouch. You get about 100mSv of radiation at the edge of the container. A Betavoltaic cell is a device that uses a radioactive source of beta particles and a semiconductor p-n junction to generate electricity. I was thinking about that- … The key to commercialization comes from stimulated beta-decay, based on the work of Dr. Ruggero Santilli, who claims that the rate of the decay process can be stimulated to provide electrical energy on-demand. Electron-emitting beta-isotopes are capable of storing incredible amounts of energy in a tiny package — which means that a commercially feasible stimulated beta-decay battery would be suitable for mobile applications that require continuous power for years, perhaps even decades, without replacement. unplug;safety-first Step 1, Gather your materials. Step 3 - Make the Stack. gerard wrote a comment on project log Adjustable Mechanical Slit 3D-Printed for Raman Spectrometer . Everything down here appears to be at least a few decades old, but at least I’m not smelling that thick damp musk that accompanies the interior of a lot of the older homes in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the middle of August and I’m standing in the basement of an aging brick house a few miles outside of Redmond, grateful to be in a cool area on a hot, muggy day. Step 2 - Attach Headers to the Top PCB. Because you can connect one aluminum cathode (-) to the next copper anode (+). Yes you can. However, putting a radioactive rock in a jar doesn’t generate usable current and there’s no off-switch, making it commercially useless. Maybe a better bet would be to get red trasers not green as the peak wavelength is closer to the peak on solar cells? [NurdRage] version can be built for $220. Using these isotopes to create a “Betavoltaic” nuclear battery isn’t hard to do — according to Bob Lazar, it’s about as simple as putting a rock inside a glass jar. More power from a lemon cell. I can recognize an electric typewriter and several other pieces of electronics test-equipment on the shelf, but what he pulls out of a shadowy area is unrecognizable. Knowing that, you can build with extra capacity and be extremely certain you’ll still have enough power at some far off point in the future. So you’d need 600 million little solar cells with however-many billion of those tritium tubes, which will conceivably cost more money than there is on Earth, probably. This is an utterly useless device for almost every purpose. They cost approximately $2,200, so you can figure out the price per watt. (But of course if you need a hundred tritium gunsights well that’s just fine, for freedom.) From smartphones to electric cars to home energy storage devices, rechargeable batteries power our modern lives. A novel betavoltaic technology with dyes for better energy production. The lifetimes of betavoltaic devices depend on the half-lives, ranging from a few years to 100 years, of the radioisotopes that power them. Hackaday Podcast 099: Our Hundredth Episode! I have always wondered how a solar cell painted with a gamma source and sealed would perform, perhaps it would just wear out like the pre tritium (zinc oxide?) ???????? Other cases include needing absolute 99.9999+% reliability. This photocell idea is not a ‘battery’. In 2016, Russian researchers from MISIS had already presented a prototype betavoltaic battery based on nickel-63. Betavoltaic devices use a semiconductor junction to produce electrical energy from energetic beta particles ().A commonly used source is the hydrogen isotope tritium.. Betavoltaic devices are particularly well-suited to low-power electrical applications where long life of the energy source is needed, such as implantable medical devices or military and space applications. Learn about the compelling quest for a true portable, pocket-sized nuclear battery…. So Why Hasn’t It Been Done? I used a kids plastic mirror to reflect the light that’s going out and not into the solar cell, a big improvement bit still i don’t understand the wavelengths and all the other stuff still learning. photon has an easier path to photo-voltaic… in that it is not a beta particle which is easily shielded. “Wait a second”, I tell him, “this nuclear battery technology is totally new stuff — even the person who was telling me about it doesn’t have a working prototype yet. Therefore a 1.0 uA Its a cool hack, but I wonder in what case would it be better than just a simple lithium primary cell like CR123? Similarly, a blue tube surrounded by blue LEDs is also likely to work well. http://www.ortec-online.com/download/Preamplifier-Introduction.pdf, (And if you’re interested in one already opened and the right type, contact me on .IO and we’ll work something out.). This is just a fun project for those that want to add “Made nuclear battery” or “Built nuclear powered X” to their achievement list. Might have managed to get a volt out of it. The NanoTritium betavoltaic power source from City Labs is a thumb-sized battery that draws on the energy released from its radioactive element to provide continuous nanoWatt power for over 20 years @macona: you may be detecting bremsstrahlung x-rays generated when the beta’s hit something in the tube. With a high-voltage static charge, at least that’s the claim. There are nuclear batteries that use the beta radiation (electrons) directly. Building On That Battery. xemone has updated the project titled SpotNano. They are quite good at converting infrared to low voltage and the ones I found are maybe 0.8V >1mA under moderate flux. The schematics i’ve found for GPS loggers only have a limited battery life, so I was wondering if the radiation from the isotope could be used as a power source to aid and recharge the battery. Do you? But back in the day we only got about 10% efficiency.Plus I was lazy, so I dropped the idea. It’s in the same location as the reply button on reddit for crying out loud! (You can easily get bigger photo-diodes than the BPW34, but cost rapidly gets out of control) Assuming the same efficiency phosphor, a red or NIR colored tube should put out more power because the photons will match the sensitivity curve of the silicon solar cells better. He gets 1.23 microwatts, not much, but it is in fact more than the output of commercial units at 0.84 microwatts, for a ten percent of the cost. The battery produces around 1.6 volts at 800 nano amps. Surrounding one vial with about 40 BPW34 photo-diodes is likely to produce more power. I think to install atomic battery for my electric DC motor, I’ve been looking into building a battery/solar generator lately, and I was wondering how much tritium would be needed for the battery and if it would be feasible/possible to create a nuclear battery that large, say a 12volt battery powerful enough to drive a 1200 watt inverter? Tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, is often used as the radioactive element. The diagram shows the inside of a betavoltaic cell and explains the flow of electrons inside the battery. Or get someone to nick a space probe before NASA get a chance to launch it. The electricity given off by Merlin’s Americum-241 battery is accompanied by an enormous surge of high-energy protons & neutrons. After getting rid of the plastic containers, he sandwiches the vials between two small solar panels. Merlin’s device isn’t perfect though — it won’t self power indefinitely after it has been initially activated. DGIST/Royal Society of Chemistry Electronic devices are becoming smaller, more connected, and more powerful; and they still have one thing in common: they need energy to function. 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