After fake moon, China trying to create an artificial sun

Christopher Davidson
November 15, 2018

Scientists with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have announced their "artificial sun"-a fusion reactor experiment-has achieved a temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius".

China has taken a big step forward in the quest for nuclear fusion-an nearly unlimited source of clean, cheap energy that would harness power in the same way the Sun does.

As per Futurism, comparing it to the natural sun, the core of it reaches about 15 million degrees Celsius, which makes China's artificial sun over six times hottest than the real sun. The program-Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST)-is known as the "artificial sun" because of the nature of what the scientists are trying to achieve. With the help of Tokamak devices like EAST, this might be possible.

In fusion reaction, two nuclei were combined unlike in the fission reaction used in current nuclear reactors that basically splits an atom. This differs from nuclear power plants now in operation, which produce energy - as well as radioactive byproducts - by splitting uranium atoms in a process known as fission.

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It used nuclear fusion to create its enormous heat - racking up a $15,000 (£11,700) bill just by turning it on. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project - a global collaboration of 35 countries, including China, initiated in 1985 - is now developing the world's largest tokamak in France. The project will also provide experimental evidence and scientific support for the country's ongoing China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor project, which is similarly working to develop nuclear fusion. In terms of raw materials, deuterium and tritium required for nuclear fusion are nearly inexhaustible in the ocean.

Though development of fusion technology began roughly 60 years ago, it has yet to create a viable energy source. It is this plasma that led EAST to heat to such a high temperature.

Researchers believe that now their artificial sun is able to heat plasma to the required temperature, they can focus on the next steps along the path to stable nuclear fusion, since this process was only possible at 100 million degrees Celsius.

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