China has surprised with its EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) or ‘artificial sun’ prototype, an important step for the development of a fusion reactor, through a steady-state high-confinement plasma operation.
This process reached 403 seconds, a duration that was achieved after more than 120,000 shots, thus exceeding the previous measurement of 101 seconds, in a similar experimental device in 2017, reported the Hybrid and Electric page.
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This is a procedure to improve the power generation efficiency of future power plants, which is achieved through nuclear fusion as in the sun.
This work is being carried out at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP), located in Hefei. There, an energy is sought that differs from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, and which have a limited supply.
According to the Chinese project, its ‘artificial sun’ requires raw materials that are almost unlimited on Earth, and come from the sea. For this reason, fusion energy is considered safer and cleaner, and therefore the “ultimate energy”.
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