'Arc Reactor'-Inspired Energy Source
Marvin Tan Xing Haw has applied for a patent for a neutron-induced fission betavoltaic battery; it's new way to produce electricity that works like a fission reactor and a betavoltaic battery.
(Tony Stark's cave-made arc reactor from Iron Man)
How did you come up with the idea?
I was really inspired last year after watching Iron Man and Iron Man 2. The world needs a small but powerful energy source like Tony Starkís Arc Reactor. How are vehicles going to be propelled after petroleum runs out? After daydreaming long and hard about the current technologies that can approximate Starkís Arc Reactor, I thought of combining the best of both from fission and betavoltaics.
How far into development are you?
The design needs to be perfected via computational simulation to find the optimal thickness and concentrations of the isotopes. Then, it needs to be tested experimentally. I donít have the resources to carry out these two modes of research, so Iím stuck at the conceptual stage.
In the first Iron Man movie, armor suits are powered by small versions of an "arc reactor", a clean energy source.
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