A group of researchers from the University of Bristol have created a synthesised diamond battery that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity.
"There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated, and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation," Tom Scott, a professor in materials at the University of Bristol, said announcing the innovation.
"By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy."
The manmade diamond produces an electrical charge after coming into close contact with radioactive waste. The nuclear-powered battery should theoretically generate an electrical current at 50% of its charging capacity after 5,730 years of use, the researchers reported.