China Fires Up Its 'ARTIFICAL SUN' For The First Time: Experimental Nuclear Fusion
Unilad- China’s quest to become a clean energy powerhouse took a big step forward this week, with the country successfully switching on its ‘artificial sun’ fusion reactor for the first time.
The HL-2M Tokamak reactor is China’s most advanced research device when it comes to nuclear fusion, and scientists believe that if tests are successful, this kind of technology could be the key to developing a clean energy source capable of providing sustainable power at a previously unseen scale.
Nuclear fusion generates massive amounts of energy by merging atomic nuclei. It’s the opposite – and far more complicated – process to nuclear fission, which is currently used to power nuclear power plants. Nuclear fusion is both more environmentally friendly – generating no greenhouse emissions – and safer than fission, and has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of nuclear technology.
The ‘artificial sun’ replicates the process of nuclear fusion by using a magnetic field to fuse hot plasma, which can generate temperatures of more than 150 million degrees Celsius. That’s about 10 times hotter than the core of the Sun.
The reactor, which is located in Chengdu,....READ MORE
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