“Artificial Sun” reaches record temperature — Action News Now

China’s clean energy experiment reaches temperatures five times hotter than the sun

In a clean energy experiment called “artificial sun” conducted in China, the temperature reached 70,000,000 degrees Celsius and lasted more than 17 minutes. The project aims to simulate the natural reactions that occur inside stars.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, on Thursday, Chinese scientists set a new record. Their experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST), known as the “artificial sun”, reached and maintained a temperature five times that of the sun. .

According to Xinhua News Agency, the high-temperature plasma operation lasted for more than 17 minutes at a temperature of 70,000,000 degrees Celsius for 1,056 seconds. In contrast, our own sun is thought to have a core temperature of about 15,000,000C.

Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Institute of Plasma Physics (ASIPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, announced the results on Friday. “Recent operations have laid a solid scientific and experimental foundation for the operation of the fusion reactor,” Gong said.

The EAST project aims to develop technologies that can provide nearly unlimited clean energy by reflecting the reactions occurring inside the sun and other stars. These trials are being conducted in Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province in eastern China.

The project uses nuclear fusion to collide with atomic nuclei to generate large amounts of energy and replicate the physical properties of stars. Unlike nuclear fission used in conventional nuclear power, no hazardous waste is left behind.

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