China’s “artificial sun” is now HOT enough for nuclear fusion
China created an artificial sun. Now it is hot enough for nuclear fusion.
A team from China’s Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has announced on Tuesday, that its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak reactor – also known as EAST – just hit a high-temperature milestone of 100 million degrees Celsius.
It’s A Hot One
EAST is an artificial sun, that is designed to reproduce how our own Sun works to create energy. The EAST reactor was more than six times hotter than our sun temporarily. The Sun alone is a whopping 27 million degrees Fahrenheit and EAST blitzed past that with a tremendous 180 million degrees Fahrenheit.
The way the reactor works is by combining hydrogen nuclei to produce tremendous amounts of energy. This is known as nuclear fusion, and this is how our Sun generates light and heat. If we, the human race, can find a way to harness this process, we would have an almost unlimited source of clean energy. Devices like EAST could very well be the gateway to this bright future.
Billionaires all over the world already see the crazy potential that this research has, and are dumping lots of money into EAST and many other projects just like it. It’s safe to say that nuclear fusion is the gateway to the future. These type of devices use magnetic fields to control plasma in a way that could support stable nuclear fusion eventually. This plasma is what caused EAST to surpass the sun in temperature. It’s not 100% safe or stable yet, but one day it very well could be.
The milestone is even more critical. Because it’s the minimum temperate that scientists believe is needed to produce a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reaction on Earth. Researchers can now focus on the next steps, following this amazing breakthrough, to utilizing stable atomic fusion.
Will China get there first? With so much money being put into this research and so many scientists trying to achieve it first, it’s hard to say. One thing is for sure, and energy worries could be a thing of the past very soon.