China turns on nuclear powered ‘Artificial Sun’

The nuclear reactor is expected to provide clean energy

artificial sun

Beijing : China successfully powered up its ‘artificial sun’ nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, marking a great advance in the country’s nu­clear power research capabilities.

The HL­2M Tokamak reac­tor is China’s largest and most advanced nuclear fu­sion experimental research device, and scientists hope that the device can poten­tially unlock a powerful clean energy source.

It uses a powerful magnet­ic field to fuse hot plasma and can reach temperatures of over 150 million degrees Celsius, according to the Pe­ople’s Daily ­­approximately ten times hotter than the core of the sun. Located in Sichuan pro­vince and completed late last year, the reactor is often called an “artificial sun” on account of the enormous heat and power it produces.

Chinese scientists have been working on developing smaller versions of the nu­clear fusion reactor since 2006.