China launches "Artificial Sun" Nuclear Fusion Reactor

China has successfully launched “Artificial Sun” nuclear fusion reactor, for the first time.

The HL-2M Tokamak in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, new-generation “artificial sun,” went into operation on Friday, achieving its first plasma discharge.

According to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the HL-2M Tokamak reactor is the most advanced and largest nuclear fusion reactor, and scientists hope to unlock the secrets to the powerful and clean energy of the Sun.

Designed to replicate the natural reactions that occur in the sun, using hydrogen and deuterium gases as fuels, will provide clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion.

Yang Qingwei, chief engineer of the HL-2M at the Southwestern Institute of Physics under the CNNC, said:

“The energy confinement time of international Tokamak devices is less than one second. The shot discharge duration of the HL-2M is around 10 seconds, with an energy confinement time of a few hundred milliseconds.”

China launches "Artificial Sun" Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Images credit (CNNC Southwestern Institute of Physics/Handout via Xinhua)