“We presented a model of such a power source at the forum. It is a result of completed scientific research conducted on our initiative. Its operational characteristics should be optimized in the future,” deputy head of the “Luch” laboratory Aleksander Pavkin told reporters.
The Ni-63 nickel isotope is suitable for miniature and safe power sources that do not require to be recharged for several decades, and could be used in extreme or difficult conditions in medicine, space or other fields.
“In this case the source’s power is about one microwatt, enough to sustain a cardiac pacemaker,” the scientist noted.
The power source was developed within a joint project of two scientific organizations located in the Moscow region: the Podolsk-based “Luch,” and Troitsk-based Technological Institute of Superhard and New Carbon Materials.
The Ni-63 isotope is created artificially by irradiating natural Ni-62 atoms.