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30 October 2009
Proposal to develop a commercial nuclear battery
Current batteries based on alkaline, lithium, nickel, and lead suffer critical issues concerning efficiency,
life-span, and waste. This report proposes beginning a new investigatory project about the feasibility of a
nuclear battery for commercial use that does not have the shortcomings of current commercial batteries.
Our research and development group was created at our company strategy meeting on October 10
to research a new company product. This Proposal contains a description of the projected product, a
review of literature concerning the product, approach and analysis of the company’s problem, as well as a
project schedule, and conclusion. Company cost estimates require further research and are not included
in the proposal.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Batteries are essential in our daily life. We need batteries to power up electronics such as cell phones,
laptops, cameras and other devices. In all of these devices, each chemically based battery needs to be
replaced regularly in order to keep the devices working. Clearly, chemical batteries’ short and
unpredictable lifespan creates work. Moreover, chemical batteries are costly. They are more expensive
than household electricity! 4 alkaline batteries costing $2.74 has a capacity of about 0.0171 kilowatt-
hours which corresponds to a cost of $160.23 per kilowatt-hour! In contrast, residential electricity costs
about $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Batteries are about 267,000% more expensive per kilowatt-hour than
household electricity .
Batteries not only hurt your pocket book but also harm to the environment. The average consumer of
throw-away batteries uses 30-50 batteries a year. In the United States alone, 2.9 billion batteries are
thrown away each year . Such common usage of the batteries adds a big burden to the environment.
Although some government policies have attempted to enhance the battery recycling process, an
environmental favorable and effective recycling system has not been developed yet. Thus, we continue to
dispose of 2.9 billion batteries a year.
Besides the environmental concern, some batteries are also dangerous and toxic. Handling batteries
without taking proper precautions is dangerous. Alkaline batteries are prone to leaking potassium
hydroxide, causing respiratory, eye and skin irritation . Care must also be taken when disposing
batteries. Batteries disposed of in fire will explode like a bomb and splash hot and caustic chemicals in all
Beyond physical dangers, battery chemicals can leak out of the batteries and ruin expensive
Commercial batteries are often limited to low power devices which excludes possible markets like the