Beijing, Mar 13: China is strongly demonstrating its position as a technology trendsetter of the 21st century. From its developing artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to its vision of a solar highway planned into the future, it is close to launching its 'artificial sun' a nuclear reactor that provides the nation with limitless, clean energy.
They announced that the plasma heated inside of their Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) magnetic fusion chamber can produce unlimited energy.
"The artificial sun's plasma is mainly composed of electrons and ions 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," said Dr Duan Xuru, an official at the China National Nuclear Corporation, according to China's Global Times.
In 2018, scientists announced they had sustained that temperature for 60 seconds, but the goal is to keep it going for upwards of one thousand seconds.