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To: Peter Piper From: Add Names Here Date: 30 October 2009 Subject: 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 th , 2009 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 [1]. 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 [1]. 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 [2]. 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 directions. Beyond physical dangers, battery chemicals can leak out of the batteries and ruin expensive devices. . Commercial batteries are often limited to low power devices which excludes possible markets like the
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course EE 333t taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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