China's artificial sun nuclear fusion reactor set a new world record after running at 216 million degrees Fahrenheit (120 million degrees Celsius) for 100 seconds and reaching a peak temperature of 288 million degrees Fahrenheit (160 million degrees). Celsius), which is more than ten times the temperature of the sun.
The Chinese scientists hope that this innovation (EAST) will open up a powerful source of green energy in Beijing's quest for clean, limitless energy. The advanced device, which was first launched last December, broke the previous record of maintaining a plasma temperature of 180 million degrees Fahrenheit (100 million degrees Celsius) for 100 seconds.
Li Miao, director of the physics department at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen said, the innovation is a major advance, and the ultimate goal should be to keep the temperature at a constant level for a long time.
It is also designed to replicate the process of nuclear fusion that occurs naturally in the sun and stars to provide clean, nearly unlimited energy.
The reactor is located in east China's Anhui Province and was completed late last year, often called the artificial sun because of the tremendous heat and energy it produces, and is based in the Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Chinese scientists have been developing smaller versions of the fusion reactor since 2006, and plan to use the device in collaboration with scientists working at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the world's largest nuclear fusion research project based in France, which is expected to be completed in 2025, the largest global scientific collaboration effort since the creation of the International Space Station more than 20 years ago.
Notably, South Korea also has its own artificial sun, which operates at 180 million degrees Fahrenheit (100 million degrees Celsius) for 20 seconds.