GenX Energy produces GenX Units which uniquely combine metals, semiconductors and beta-radiation into smart structures that produce constant DC power over very long time frames.
A smart ‘sandwich’ electrode structure provides a strong electric field which enables excited electrons to be efficiently collected, thereby creating a usable electric current (ie, power).
The physics principles underpinning GenX Units are very similar to that of traditional photo-voltaic cells however the use of beta radiation has significant advantages over sunlight:
i. It is 100s to 1000s of times more energetic, per particle, than UV photons;
ii. A beta-source can be loaded into the power generating unit with no impact on size or weight;
iii. Beta-sources emit energy continuously, and for long periods (many years);
iv. Energy can be deployed at the site where the power is required.
The radioactive isotopes that ‘fuel’ the system are safe: GenX Units are designed so that no radiation emanates from the power generating device.
The isotopes used by GenX Units are by-products from a range of industrial processes, giving an energy value to material typically considered a ‘waste’ liability.