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China’s New record on Artificial Sun

The EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) nuclear fusion reactor maintained a temperature of 158 million degrees Fahrenheit (70 million degrees Celsius) for 1,056 seconds, according to the Xinhua News Agency

Thermo image of inside of the “artificial sun” fusion reactor Photo: screenshot of Xinhua

China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), which mimics the energy generation process of the sun, set a new record after it ran at 216 million degrees Fahrenheit (120 million degrees Celsius) for 101 seconds, according to state media. For another 20 seconds, the “artificial sun” also achieved a peak temperature of 288 million degrees Fahrenheit (160 million degrees Celsius), which is over ten times hotter than the sun.

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China is a member of the ITER consortium, and EAST is a testbed for ITER technologies.[12]

However, Lin cautioned that as the technology is still in the experimental stage, it still needs at least 30 years for the technology to come out of the lab. “It’s more like a future technology that’s critical for China’s green development push.”

The experiment of EAST is part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) facility, a global big science project second only to the International Space Station in size, and is being jointly constructed by China, the EU, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the US. Its success is significant to the future peaceful utilization of international fusion. China devotes around 9 % of its research and development.

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“The recent operation lays a solid scientific and experimental foundation towards the running of a fusion reactor,” experiment leader Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in a statement.

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