Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Experimental Chinese fusion reactor achieves temperatures of 100 million C

Experimental Chinese fusion reactor achieves temperatures of 100 million C

This process also does not produce any radioactive waste, which makes it extremely environmental friendly.

The Institute of Plasma Physics, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it has been testing an "artificial sun", known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST).

A few days back, a team of scientists at the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co (CASC), China, developed an artificial moon that will soon replace streetlights in the country.

The goal of this reactor is to replicate the process that the sun uses to produce energy.

China has been working to harness clean nuclear energy for quit so long.

It's a new record for fusion power - and could be the key to generating limitless clean energy. The facility is 11 meters tall, with a diameter of 8 meters, and a weight of 400 tons. ITER's tokamak is now halfway through construction and is scheduled to generate power by December 2025.

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Powerful magnets lining the inner walls of EAST then contain the plasma to a tiny area to maximise the chance that the ions will fuse together. "The electron temperature of the core plasma increased beyond 100 million degrees".

But to do so, companies need to find a way to harvest energy from a plasma held at millions of degrees Celsius - something that has defied researchers for decades.

"As a nation, Australia is about to lose its capability in fusion", Dr Hole said, adding that many of his colleagues have changed field or are looking for work overseas due to a lack of investment in fusion science.

The experiment team said EAST achieved a fully non-inductive steady-state scenario with the extension of fusion performance at high density, high temperature and high confinement, which has provided important experimental evidence and scientific support to the ongoing Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor.

According to the Institute of Plasma Physics, the results of EAST's experiments this year will aid in the construction of ITER's tokamak.

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