Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Technology is advancing, and people around the world are welcoming it with open arms. The new inventions in technology often surprise us.

Imagine charging your gadgets just once, and they stay powered for many years. This kind of technology is now a reality.

A startup in China, called Betavolt, claims to have developed a revolutionary battery.

According to reports of The Independent, this nuclear battery can generate electricity for an impressive 50 years without needing to be charged or maintained.

Despite the term ‘nuclear,’ do not picture a massive, intimidating device.

Betavolt has managed to fit 63 isotopes into a module smaller than a coin, making it the world's first miniaturised atomic energy battery.

This next-generation battery is currently undergoing testing and will soon be mass-produced for various applications, including phones and drones.

In a press release, Betavolt highlighted the versatility of their invention, stating that it can meet long-lasting power supply needs in aerospace, AI equipment, medical devices, microprocessors, advanced sensors, small drones, and micro-robots.

The key features of this 50-year-life span battery are noteworthy:

Compact Design

The battery measures just 15 x 15 x 5 millimeters, composed of thin layers of nuclear isotopes and diamond semiconductors.

Current Power Output

At present, the nuclear battery generates 100 microwatts of power at 3 volts. However, the goal is to achieve a 1-watt power output by 2025.

Safety Assurance

Betavolt assures that the radiation from the battery poses no danger to the human body, making it suitable for use in medical devices like pacemakers.

Strategic Plan

China has been actively working on miniaturizing nuclear batteries as part of its 14th Five-Year Plan from 2021-2025.

Safety Measures

The battery's layered design prevents it from catching fire or exploding due to sudden force. Betavolt also claims its functionality in temperatures ranging from -60 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius.