China Set to Create Artificial Sun Ending Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Patti MayonnaiseFebruary 8, 201612,856 Views
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Having recently managed to create a hydrogen gas three times hotter than the sun, Chinese scientists believe their artificial solar energy could potentially be utilized as an inexhaustible power source. In fact, it could end the reliance we have on fossil fuels and ultimately solve the world’s energy crisis. The gas was created using a huge magnetic fusion reactor at the Institute of Physical Science in Hefei.

 

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Known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), the invention was developed by Soviet scientists in the 1950s. It features an enormous metallic O-shaped chamber contorted into a figure eight. Researchers have been able to use the reactor to produce temperatures of 50 million Kelvins (49.999 million degrees Celsius) and sustain the heat for an astounding 102 seconds.

 

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Photo Credit: China.org.cn

 
It is important to note that the sun’s core is believed to measure approximately 15 million Kelvins. While previous experiments by German scientists are said to have created temps much hotter than this, it is reported that they were unable to maintain them for very long. Though the news is a breakthrough of obvious importance, it may still take decades to enhance and perfect the process which would allow it to be used as a constant source of power.

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