The Chinese nuclear fusion reactor East (Advanced Superconducting Experimental Tokamak), also known as the “artificial sun”, set a new temperature last Friday (28): 120 million degrees Celsius in 101 seconds.
It also recorded 160 million degrees Celsius, but only for 20 seconds. However, this last sign is more than ten times the temperature of the Sun (15 million degrees Celsius). Previously, the reactor’s record was 100 million degrees Celsius per 100 seconds.
Scientists hope that Tokamak will become an important source of unlimited sustainability of energy. It is located at the Hefe Institute of Physical Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
According to Li Miao, director of the physics department at the South China University of Science and Technology, the next step is to achieve temperature stability for a week or more.
“The discovery is significant progress, and the goal is to keep the temperature stable for a long time,” he told the Chinese State Global Times.
It will take 30 years to implement
East, designed to reach high temperatures, regulates nuclear fusion in the sun and stars in a controlled way, instead of sustainable energy production, hence the name “artificial sun”.
With the progress made by recent records, implementation is far from over. Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Research in Energy Economics at Xiamen University, explained that the commercial application will take 30 years. The source reiterated that the energy source is the purest and most reliable.
“It’s like a technology of the future that will be crucial to China’s green development,” Boqiang told the Global Times.
The reactor is part of the ITER (International Thermo Nuclear Experimental Reactor), the world’s largest nuclear fusion research effort, and is the second largest spacecraft to the ISS (International Space Station). Headquartered in France, the project is jointly organized by China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
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