/   Home   /   Newsroom   /   News Updates

China's "Man-made Sun" Sees Groundbreaking Progress

Feb 05, 2016     Email"> PrintText Size

A team of Chinese scientists in Hefei, capital city of east China’s Anhui Province, has made an unprecedented breakthrough on an energy generation device that will make it one step closer to transform energy into stable, sustainable and controllable resources.

The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion device, nicknamed "artificial sun", made a 102-second long pulse plasma discharge at over the central electron temperature of 50 million degrees in Hefei at the end of January, 2016. This is the longest plasma discharge time recorded in all the Tokamak fusion devices in the world.

Led by the Chinese scientists at the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Heifei, the EAST fusion device has made it one step closer to the goal of 1000-second long pulse plasma discharge at over the central electron temperature of 100 million degrees.

The name “artificial sun” was given because the aim of the device is to generate energy like the sun. Under high pressure and high temperature, fusion reactions will take place from inside to outside of the sun. Such fusion reactions will give rise to a great deal of energy to enable to sun to continuously emit light and heat. However, fusion reactions on the sun are uncontrollable and destructive, just like h-bomb explosion seen on the earth. EAST serves to transform such energy into a stable, sustainable and controllable resource. The hydrogen isotope extracted from one liter of seawater can produce energy equivalent to 300 liters of gasoline through complete fusion reactions. (People's Daily Online)

Attachment:

(Editor: CHEN Na)

Contact

Phone:
E-mail:

Related Articles

artificial sun;limitless energy;nuclear fusion

New Dawn: Chinese Scientists Move Step Closer to Creating 'Artificial Sun' in Quest for Limitless Energy via Nuclear Fusion

Feb 16, 2016

In a doughnut-shaped chamber in eastern China, scientists have been able to produce hydrogen gas more than three times hotter than the core of the Sun using nuclear fusion - and maintain this temperature for 102 seconds. The breakthrough puts China one step ahead in the g...

EAST;man-made sun;plasma discharge;artificial sun;Tokamak

China Makes Breakthrough in 'Man-made Sun' Research

Mar 17, 2016

An artificial sun experiment developed by Hefei Institute of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Science, has successfully realized UHT long pulse plasma discharge at a temperature of more than 50 million degrees. As of January, the duration of the discharge was 10...

Contact Us

Copyright © 2002 - 2016 Chinese Academy of Sciences