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Tritium Nuclear Battery Project Kickoff


Build an energy harvester to collect latent energy from tritium vials. (GitHub Repo)
I have a deep belief that this latent energy if captured efficiently and properly harvested can be put to good use. I understand that solar cells are incredibly inefficient and many things that I’m doing here are not perfect. This project is to only explore science.
Maybe the next person can learn from this repo and my research and improve. 

Tritium Vials and Spheres


Photovoltaics and Betavoltaics, what we are building is a much safer version of this where instead of using Isotopes of promethium, we are using tritium an isotope of hydrogen, a beta particle emitter. This concept 'Tritium Radioluminescence' is also known by some alternate names such as 'Gaseous Tritium Light Source (GTLS)' or 'Beta Light'.

The science is very simple, Tritium an isotope of Hydrogen decays into Helium 3 via beta decay with a half-life of 12.32 years. Electrons carry 5.7 keV of energy and penetrate only 6mm of air. (insufficient energy to penetrate human skin) Tritium beta decay colliding with phosphor emits a very low-level glow in the visible spectrum. 


  • Baseline knowledge:
    • Measure and analyze features of tritium vials:
      • Confirm existing public available knowledge
      • Contribute new knowledge
    • Analyze and measure features of solar cells:
      • Confirm existing public available knowledge
      • Contribute new knowledge
  • Nuclear battery design:
    • Design cell candidates
      • Measure and analyze the performance
  • Application of nuclear battery:
    • Put this nuclear battery into practice

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