China is one step closer to harnessing the power of the sun.
We’re not talking Star Wars First Order sun draining here. China’s “artificial sun” nuclear fusion reactor is currently undergoing an experiment that is set to last until June of this year. State media says the artificial sun can sustain temperatures five times hotter than the sun for 17 minutes. The same source says the reactor hit temperatures of 70,000,000 degrees Celsius during tests.
Like other nuclear fusion reactors, China’s “sun,” which is actually called the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), holds the potential to mimic the physics of massive stars to produce limitless clean energy. However, so far, that energy has only been generated in labs.
France is pushing for more of this kind of ‘green’ investment, as they build what will be the largest reactor in the world. But it will likely take decades before we see any results. And there are many countries who aren’t so wild about going nuclear.