China news: ‘Artificial sun’ nuclear reactor to be ready THIS YEAR

Once that temperature has been sustained for a period of time, then China thinks it can wrap up construction on HL-2M Tokamak.

Duan Xuru, an official at the China National Nuclear Corporation, is confident it could happen this year.

Dr Xuru told the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, according to China’s Global Times: “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.”

Last year, scientists from China announced they had sustained that temperature for 60 seconds, but the goal is to keep it going for upwards of one thousand seconds.

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