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Research Article, J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol Vol: 5 Issue: 1

Atomic Batteries: Energy from Radioactivity

Suhas Kumar*
Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, USA
Corresponding author : Suhas Kumar
Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 23, 2015 Accepted: January 12, 2016 Published: January 16, 2016
Citation: Kumar S (2016) Atomic Batteries: Energy from Radioactivity. J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol 5:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9809.1000144

Abstract

With alternate, sustainable, natural sources of energy being sought after, there is new interest in energy from radioactivity, including natural and waste radioactive materials. A study of various atomic batteries is presented with perspectives of development and comparisons of performance parameters and cost. We discuss radioisotope thermal generators, indirect conversion batteries, direct conversion batteries, and direct charge batteries. We qualitatively describe their principles of operation and their applications. We project possible market trends through our comparative cost analysis. We also explore a future direction for certain atomic batteries by using nanomaterials to improve their performance.

Keywords: Nanomaterials; Atomic batteries; Natural sources

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