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Radioactivity as Sustainable Source of Energy: An Oxymoron or a Nature-Inspired Concept of Resources Management?

Version 1 : Received: 25 October 2019 / Approved: 27 October 2019 / Online: 27 October 2019 (16:04:35 CET)

How to cite: Terranova, M.L. Radioactivity as Sustainable Source of Energy: An Oxymoron or a Nature-Inspired Concept of Resources Management?. Preprints 2019, 2019100313 Terranova, M.L. Radioactivity as Sustainable Source of Energy: An Oxymoron or a Nature-Inspired Concept of Resources Management?. Preprints 2019, 2019100313

Abstract

Evidence is growing that mankind must learn from nature, a self-sufficient and self-organized system that adopts all the opportunities to develop life and ingeniously makes the most of whatever energy source. Attempting to satisfy the requirements of our energy-consuming world, we cannot afford to disregard any available source of energy, mainly those characterized by zero-CO2 emissions. In this context an alternative scenario could be opened by the use of the nuclear radiations emitted from naturally occurring or artificially produced radionuclides. Abandoned mines of U, Th and Rare Earths , as well as storage areas of artificially produced isotopes all over the globe are available and affordable sources of radiations that can be converted in electrical power. The transition from laboratory-scale nuclear batteries to large-area converting modules would allow to safely re-use a big amount of already existing radionuclides, converting a trouble into a resource.

Subject Areas

nuclear batteries; radioactivity; melanins; energy

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