China’s ‘artificial sun’ reactor sets new record
- China's "EAST", also known as the 'Artificial Sun’ experiment, has set a new record by achieving a plasma temperature of 216 million Fahrenheit (120 million C) for 101 seconds.
- It is believed that the temperature at the core of the Sun is 15 million Celsius.
- It is a significant step in the country’s quest to unlock clean and limitless energy, with minimal waste products.
Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST)
- The mission mimics the energy generation process of the sun.
- The reactor consists of an advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device located in Hefei, China.
- It is one of three major domestic tokamaks that are presently being operated across the country.
- The EAST project is part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) facility, which will become the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor when it becomes operational in 2035.