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China’s New Thermonuclear Fusion Reactor Test Successful

The first tests lasted nearly three seconds, and generated an electrical current of 200 kiloamperes, Wan Yuanxi, general manager of EAST, told Xinhua News Agency, adding that the experiments were continuing.

The device is planned to eventually create a plasma lasting 1,000 consecutive seconds, the longest ever fusion reactor run. Wan said the deuterium extracted from one liter of seawater could produce energy equivalent to that generated by burning 300 liters of gasoline thanks to the fusion technology.

If thermonuclear fusion technology is commercialized, it may provide energy to mankind for more than 100 million years, Wan said.

Update on earlier report

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