China has fired up a machine designed to create unlimited energy known as the “artificial sun” – and wants to make it even hotter than the real thing.
China has fired a machine designed to create unlimited energy known as the “artificial sun” – and wants to make it even hotter than the real Sun.
Trials are being run on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), trying to achieve higher temperatures and longer periods at the Hefei Institute of Physical Science Research Center, US Sun Report.
The device is already seven times hotter than the Sun, local media Xinhua News Agency reported, but scientists are trying to upgrade EAST’s auxiliary heating system to make it more “warm” and “durable”.
Designed and developed by the Chinese, EAST has been used by scientists around the world to conduct fusion-related experiments since 2006.
More than 10,000 Chinese and foreign scientific researchers have worked together to bring the artificial sun to life.
EAST uses extremely high temperatures to boil hydrogen isotopes into plasma, fusing them together and releasing energy, Reuters reports.
China has already spent about 6 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) on the project.
The energy would create almost no radioactive waste and would require only a small amount of fuel.
Song Yuntao, deputy director of the Institute of Plasma Physics at the Hefei Institute of Physical Science, said he expects to generate electricity by 2040.
He said: “Five years from now, we will start building our fusion reactor, which will require another 10 years to build.
“After that, we will build the power generator and start generating electricity by about 2040.”
This would bring humanity closer to creating “unlimited clean energy” by mimicking the naturally occurring reactions inside the Sun of the Solar System.
The custom-built fusion reactor set a world record in June by running at a temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds.
The planetary Sun exerts a temperature of about 15 million °C at its core.
The artificial sun was first announced by Chinese researchers in November 2018.
It comes as campaigners claimed China is conducting barbaric medical experiments on Uighur Muslims, in a horrifying echo of brutal research by Nazi doctors.
Prisoners in the Communist regime’s network of “re-education camps” are reportedly being given mysterious pills, injections and even organs removed while they are alive.
This story appeared in The US Sun and is reproduced with permission.