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:For the encyclopedic entry on Betavoltaic Technology, see PowerPedia:BetaVoltaic

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Betavoltaics is an alternative energy technology that promises vastly extended battery life and power density over current technologies. Whether betavoltaics will replace current battery technologies altogether remains to be seen. Recent developments however, are promising. The following is meant to provide a basic introduction to betavoltaics in general and the current state of the art in betavoltaic technology.

Products

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Directory:Nuclear > Directory:BetaVoltaics > Commercially-available NanoTritium battery can power microelectronics for 20+ years - City Labs has announced the commercial launch of its NanoTritium betavoltaic power source, a thumb-sized battery that draws on the energy released from its radioactive element to provide continuous nanoWatt power for over 20 years. (News:GizMag August 15, 2012)
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Latest: Directory:BetaVoltaics / Directory:Batteries > Directory:MPK Co's Litroenergy LitroEnergy Power Cells Produce Continuous Output - By combining a non-stop luminescing technology that has a 20-year duration (12-year half-life), with thin film photovoltaics in a layered arrangement, MPK Co. has devised a portable, continuous generator that could change the planet. (PESN Oct. 22, 2008)

Companies

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Directory:Batteries / Directory:Nuclear > Directory:BetaVoltaics > A 25-Year Battery - A NY company, Widetronix is developing batteries that could potentially power electrical circuits that protect military planes and missiles. The company is also working with medical-device makers to develop batteries that could last decades for implantable medical devices. The technology has been tested by Lockheed Martin. (MIT Technology Review)

Directory:Resonant Nuclear Reactor - Not "free" energy since it uses U-238 as the power source. It radiates, but simple lead shielding stops it just fine.

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30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery? - Betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source. As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling an electrical device like a laptop for years. (NextEnergyNews Oct. 1, 2007) (Not so, says ZDNet)

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A nuclear battery the size and thickness of a penny - They might sound dangerous, but nuclear batteries have been safely powering devices such as pace-makers, satellites and underwater systems for years. They have an extremely long life and high energy density compared to chemical batteries. Researchers at the University of Missouri are developing one that is smaller, lighter and more efficient. ('GizMag'' Oct. 9, 2009)

New Power Cell Works for Nearly 20 Years - University of Missouri-Columbia scientists say they've developed a power cell capable of providing continuous power for years, using betavoltaic power cells that use radioisotopes as the energy source. (PhysOrg Oct. 11, 2005)

The Atomic Battery - A breakthrough in betavoltaics could mean a 10-year battery life for low-power sensors and medical implants. (MIT Technology Review June 16, 2005)

Silicon solution could lead to a truly life-long battery - Using some of the same manufacturing techniques that produce microchips, researchers have created a porous-silicon diode that may lead to improved betavoltaics. Such devices convert low levels of radiation into electricity and can have useful lives spanning several decades. (PhysOrg May 10, 2005)

New 'Nuclear Battery' runs 10 years, 10 times more powerful - University of Rochester 3D capture design increases betavoltatics properties, bringing them closer to practical use. Technology is licensed to BetaBatt Inc. (PhysOrg May 12, 2005)

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BetaVoltaic.com - Cell phone power system in development entails a betavoltaic cell stack to provide a constant trickle charge into an advanced Lithium-ion polymer battery cell. Next target: laptop computer power.

See review by American Antigravity

Alpha Voltaics

Alpha Voltaic Batteries to Operate Miniature Military Devices - Radioisotope decay captured by nano technology. (ZPEnergy Sept. 23 quoting from PhysOrg Sept. 20, 2004)

Skeptics

Skeptical view (Krieg) - "Imaginary Physics"

Other Resources

Introduction to Betavoltaic Technology: Isotope Decay Batteries

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NuEnergy.org - Obtaining Energy From Matter

Betavoltaic Power Cells: Review by American Antigravity

Editorial: Amorphous and microcrystalline semiconductors (show promise for use in betavoltaics) (PDF)

Tritiated Amorphous Silicon Betavoltaic Devices (PDF)

Discussion

See Talk:Directory:BetaVoltaics

See also

PowerPedia:Beta voltaic - Encyclopedic entry on Betavoltaic Technology

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