While the world is still waiting for a mass production based electrical motorcycle, a research group from University of Missouri, U.S., has already developed a Nuclear technology that can be used in future to run motorcycles on nuclear energy. Sounds too Sci-Fi material? Well the thing is, nuclear technology is already being used in our daily lives from fire detectors to emergency exit signs in buildings. How, you may ask, but we are no Ph.D either!
Researchers working at the University of Missouri (MU) said, that they have produced a prototype of a nuclear-powered, water-based battery that will be both longer-lasting and more efficient than current battery technologies and may eventually be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications where longevity, reliability, and efficiency are paramount. A radioactive isotope strontium-90, is used in the process to convert the nuclear energy into electrical energy.
"Betavoltaics, a battery technology that generates power from radiation, has been studied as an energy source since the 1950s," said associate professor Jae W. Kwon, of the College of Engineering, University of Missouri (MU). "Controlled nuclear technologies are not inherently dangerous. We already have many commercial uses of nuclear technologies in our lives." he added.
Think about the immense potential of the application of this battery. While the regular electric powered motorcycles can merely run for hours without charge, a nuclear powered battery can go days or even months without a charge. Think how, it can influence our environment in a positive way. While there is an outcry for depleting natural resources, electric powered batteries also need charging regularly and we won't have any electricity in future going by the rate we are burning our Hydrocarbons.
The MU team’s research was published in the journal 'Nature'.
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