In November, Chinese analysts reported that the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor — an “artificial sun” intended to mimic the nuclear fusion process the genuine Sun uses to create vitality — had hit an achievement by accomplishing an electron temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius.
Presently, authorities are stating they trust they’ll wrap up construction on a new artificial sun this year, and they guarantee this gadget will most likely hit an achievement in ion temperature — putting us one bit nearer to harnessing the power of nuclear fusion.
On Sunday Duan Xuru, an authority at the China National Nuclear Corporation, declared amid the annual session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that engineers would wrap up construction on the country’s HL-2M Tokamak in 2019.
“The artificial sun’s plasma is mainly composed of electrons and ions,” Duan told the media, according to the Global Times, “and the country’s existing Tokamak devices have achieved an electron temperature of over 100 million degrees C in its core plasma, and an ion temperature of 50 million C, and it is the ion that generates energy in the device.”
As indicated by Duan, the HL-2M Tokamak will most likely accomplish an ion temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, around seven times hotter than the genuine Sun’s ion temperature.
This meets meeting what the Global Times calls “one of the three challenges to reach the goal of harnessing the nuclear fusion.”
On the off chance that he’s correct, the gadget could fill in as a template for future nuclear fusion reactors, bringing the fantasy of boundless clean vitality one bit nearer to the reality.