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Posted: 08/25/20 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A battery that never needs charging?

I hope I live to see this technology go mainstream.


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When I first started reading I checked to make sure the date of the article wasn't April 1. Sounds very promising. Agreed, here's hoping I live to see it.

Glad I didn't buy the Lithium batteries for the camper yet. [emoticon]


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Yeah the physics works out. It's very clever yet simple. This will be great for pacemaker and other implantable devices. If it becomes ubiquitous you could have streetlights and flashlights which never need additional energy.

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I'm holding out for Mr. Fusion to power my flying car.


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Hmmm,

Before I retrieve my checkbook, tell me how it performs in satellites and spacecraft, an obvious first use. Also, what happens to the radioactive parts when a 12 year old takes a hammer to the thing?

Don't get me wrong, I love the story, but it is short on tangibles.


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RickW wrote:

Hmmm,

Before I retrieve my checkbook, tell me how it performs in satellites and spacecraft, an obvious first use. Also, what happens to the radioactive parts when a 12 year old takes a hammer to the thing?

Don't get me wrong, I love the story, but it is short on tangibles.

The only satellites and spacecraft that would need them are the ones sent to the outer solar system or the surface of a planet where solar is less reliable.

There's carbon 14 already in your body and every bite of food you eat. It's produced naturally in Earths atmosphere. Ever hear of Carbon dating? When an organism dies it stops consuming C14 and as the C14 in its body decays the ratio of regular carbon (Carbon 12) to C14 changes. By looking at that ratio they can determine when the organism died. Or more specifically, when it stopped eating.

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Well, ****, we are kinda living in the lead up world to that of the fallout video game franchise, someone just created a real-world equivalent to a "fusion core" from the game [emoticon].

Now, all we need is power armor [emoticon] and the world to adopt a retrofuturistic fashion style [emoticon].


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There's carbon 14 already in your body and every bite of food you eat. It's produced naturally in Earths atmosphere. Ever hear of Carbon dating? When an organism dies it stops consuming C14 and as the C14 in its body decays the ratio of regular carbon (Carbon 12) to C14 changes. By looking at that ratio they can determine when the organism died. Or more specifically, when it stopped eating.


Lick your finger and put out a match...

Now try licking your finger and put out a campfire.

In nature, they are found at a rate of about 1 part per Trillion. Nuclear waste is several orders of magnitude higher.

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Radiation from a single cell, or a handful might be safe. What's it look like when multiplied by thousands like a Tesla uses?

It is neat they've created a material to capture electrons directly, rather than the old nuclear batteries that relied on capturing photons.

This battery makes sense for long term implants like a pacemaker, defibrillator, maybe future stuff like a cybernetic eyes ears, etc.


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Ok Elon. Put a big one in the Cybertruck and we are good to go. [emoticon]

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