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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05 2021, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly

China maintains 'artificial sun' at 120 million Celsius for over 100 seconds, setting new world record:

China broke the record by keeping the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) by achieving plasma temperature at 120 million Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million Celsius for 20 seconds, a major step toward the test run of the fusion reactor.

The Tokamak devise[sic] is located at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is designed to replicate the nuclear fusion process that occurs naturally in the sun and stars to provide almost infinite clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion, which is often dubbed the "artificial sun."

The achievement broke a previous record of maintaining the plasma temperature at 100 million C for 100 seconds. According to Li Miao, director of the physics department of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, it is a milestone in reaching the goal of keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time.

"The breakthrough is significant progress, and the ultimate goal should be keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time," Li told the Global Times, adding that the next milestone might be to maintain the stability for a week or more.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Saturday June 05 2021, @06:19PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05 2021, @06:19PM (#1142101) Journal

    Now, all we need do is train homeowners, businessowners, and industry to use all the energy they want in 100 seconds, before it shuts down. I see a real future in batteries.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by edIII on Saturday June 05 2021, @09:30PM

    by edIII (791) on Saturday June 05 2021, @09:30PM (#1142155)

    Actually, that might be reasonable. Imagine if we had a whole bunch of very efficient batteries. Advanced flywheels, Aluminum/Gallium recovery, etc. Even though we only get 100 seconds, we're able to charge up enough batteries for weeks of usage for an entire state.

    I've often wondered if generating huge amounts of energy at a single point, charging up hundreds of thousands of batteries, and then distributing the batteries might not be a bad idea.

    Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.