A nuclear battery for supplying low level electrical energy for a relatively long period of time. The battery includes a low-energy beta emitter and phosphor dispersed sufficient proximate the beta emitter to capture the low energy betas before decay. A photovoltaic receptor is configured to have a peaked response near the wavelength of the photons emitted by the phosphor. In a preferred embodiment, the photovoltaic, phosphor and beta source are formed into flexible layers which are rolled into a cylinder in order to maximize the capture of photons emitted by the beta-excited phosphor
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Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.,
Shanks, Howard R., "Nuclear battery" (1998). Iowa State University Patents. 115.