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   China Claims Fusion Reactor Successes

 

Chinese scientists claimed that their first experimental thermonuclear fusion test replicating sunís energy generation process in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor was successful.

 

 

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Chinese scientists claimed that their first experimental thermonuclear fusion test replicating sunís energy generation process in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor was successful. Organized by the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Hefei , the experiment forced deuterium and tritium atoms together at a temperature of 100 million Celsius for 3 seconds and the super heated plasma could produce 200 kilo amperes.

Scientists say that they would ultimately want to create the longest fusion reactor run by creating plasma that could last 1000 consecutive seconds. Chinese scientists say that even this modest success means that they led competition by ďat least a decadeĒ and will make available the data of the test at the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference in Austria .

Thermonuclear fusion will allow an endless energy source that is safe and clean because, unlike traditional nuclear fission reactors, there is no radioactive waste at the end. Traditional nuclear reactors split atoms to create energy and therefore produce dangerous radioactive waste while thermonuclear fusion compresses atoms at extremely high temperatures to generate energy and generate little waste matter.

There is a parallel global consortium called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) which includes US, EU, Russia , China , Japan , South Korea , and India . India already has 2 experimental reactors Aditya and SST-1 run by the Institute of Plasma Research and was invited to join the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership by the US. India collaborated with the Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) large hadron collider project with indigenously designed and developed equipment.

 

 

 

 

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