MSI-AM241 (Meta-Stable-Isomer Americium-241) Multi-Source Nuclear Power Cell
The Meta-Stable-Isomer Americium-241 Multi-Source Nuclear Power Cell is the standardized power source used by every piece of portable equipment large enough to require more power than a rechargeable battery could provide. As such, the MSI-AM241 and practically all portable military equipment have the same FED-STD connection port, meaning that any power cell is compatible with practically every piece of portable equipment. This includes vehicles like the GK-3 'Dragon' Main Battle Tank, the GK-11 pattern Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the GK-12 'Gecko' Armoured Personnel Carrier, and both the MAC HMMWV and the MAC Infantry Carrier. It also includes smaller equipment, like the AEGIS MKII Marauder Suit and the standard-issue Long-Range Radio pack
The MSI-AM241 is affectionately nicknamed 'The Pint Can' by Engineers due to its almost exact dimensional similarities to a 568ml (19.2oz/1 imperial pint) drinks can, commonly holding alcohol, usually lager or cider.
The power cells are designed to be fully contained, modular units, allowing quick adaptability and easy maintenance. The cell features a FED-STD female power connection on the bottom of the cell. The top carrying handle doubles as the mechanism by which the inner workings of the cell are exposed. The outer casing of the cell is made from a thick titanium shell with a lead lining to prevent unwanted ionizing radiation from escaping. There are also both digital and analog read-outs on the cell that display current power levels, fuel levels, and internal temperatures.
The MSI-AM241 is technically a miniature reactor and not a traditional battery. The main bulk of the power is generated by a series of cold fusion reactions in the 36 chambers in the center of the cell using Palladium and Deuterium as reactants. A metastable isomer lattice of Americium sits atop a device at the top of the power cell with adjacent layers of P-type and N-type silicon where ionizing radiation penetrates the junctions and creates electron-hole pairs. This relatively small amount of energy generated is enough to be able to trigger decay as needed, effectively acting as an on/off switch for the cold fusion reactions going on elsewhere in the cell. It should also be noted that the MSI-AM241 is 100% safe and it is impossible for any of the reactants to enter a critical state due to the nature of the reaction taking place.