Brady Larson week 13
A research team of chemists and physicists, may have found the answer of what to do with the large amounts of nuclear waste. Their solution is a lab grown diamond that emits small amounts of electricity and that could virtualy last forever. The team from the University of Bristol, believe that this could user in the “Diamond Age” of electricity and technology. This battery has the potential to deal with the huge problem of nuclear waste. This is a problem many researchers have been trying to solve, since nuclear cannot be desposed of safetly on earth. Also there is the security risk of that nuclear material falling into thee hands of someone wishing to so harm with it.
These new batteries encapsulate the nuclear waste in a man made diamond, which emits a small electric current. These diamonds are cheap and require no wires and the manufacturing process is very minimal. In the words of the creator, Tom Scott, “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation.” There are however some concerns I have with the product. One, without long term research of the product we will not be able to understand potential harmful health affects from the use pf radioactive materials aa batteries. Also right now they only use one specific type of nuclear waste in the diamonds, but are begining to expand to different types. Either way it doesnt look like in its current form, that the battery will eliminate nuclear waste completely. Lastly, with these diamonds in circulation who is to keep large amounts of nuclear waste from being collected by people wishing to do harm with it.