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Chinese nuclear fusion experiment holds 70 million ° C for 17 minutes

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The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in Hefei in the east Chinese province of Anhui reports a new temperature record. At the end of last year, a plasma temperature of 70 million ° C could be maintained in the experimental nuclear fusion reactor for 1056 seconds, i.e. a good 17 minutes, reports the Institute for Plasma Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP). That is the longest time in which such a temperature could be kept constant.




This creates a solid basis for further research into energy generation from nuclear fusion, writes the ASIPP. Its general director Prof. Yuntao Song believes that the perfect ASIPP team will face any difficulty, no matter how difficult it is.


In May, the research team was able to maintain a plasma temperature of 120 million ° C for 101 seconds in the superconducting reactor of the tokamak type, and 160 million ° C for 20 seconds reports the Chinese news agency Xinhua. An important step at the EAST is to be able to maintain a temperature of over 100 million ° C for a week.

EAST is working on the international nuclear fusion project ITER in Cadarache in southern France. In addition to China, the EU, Japan, the USA, Russia, South Korea and India are involved in the project. The knowledge gained in China should help in southern France. In addition, ASIPP is sending teams of experts to Cadarache, for example in the first quarter of 2021 when it came to installing the 330-ton PF6 field coil for the floor of the ITER, which was also manufactured in China.

The ITER experimental reactor is intended to test the technology with which energy could be generated from the fusion of hydrogen atoms. The costs are estimated at more than 20 billion euros.

Eighteen D-shaped ring field magnets placed around the vacuum vessel are designed to generate a magnetic field, the main function of which is to confine the plasma particles. (Image: ITER)



7 Comments on "Chinese nuclear fusion experiment holds 70 million ° C for 17 minutes"

  1. Cloggie on Wed, 5th Jan 2022 8:25 am 

    Some day they get it to work.

    Meanwhile, in the solar system:

    “Ex-NASA head explains what could make Mars and Venus habitable

    Former NASA director James Green says the two planets could be ‘terraformed’ using shields to protect them from the Sun”

  2. Outcast_Searcher on Thu, 6th Jan 2022 1:02 pm 

    Mars is highly toxic. Venus surface temps melt lead.

    Why not devote the limited resources we have to make EARTH more habitable? Greatly reducing the overall birth rate (perhaps by financially incenting people NOT having more kids vs. doing the opposite) would be a good strategic place to start.

  3. peakyeast on Sat, 8th Jan 2022 6:41 am 

    Meanwhile in the news .. 20% of china blacked out due to power shortages for more than 17 minutes..

    I guess they didnt reach anything near break even 😀

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 12th Jan 2022 7:14 pm 

    Fukushima Takes a Turn for the Worse

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 12th Jan 2022 7:23 pm 

    Covid: Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated Canadians

    “The Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, is currently struggling with a surge in cases.

    On Tuesday, the premier announced that it would be the first in the nation to financially penalise the unvaccinated.

    Only about 12.8% of Quebec residents are not vaccinated, but they make up nearly a third of all hospital cases.

    According to federal data, just over 85% of Quebec residents had received at least one vaccine dose by 1 January.

    Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a “contribution”.

    If I was in charge, I’d call martial law & hunt down all anti-vaxx-N-maskers & JAB JAB…JAB them.

    Don’t like it? Get the fuck out. The country don’t need you & will be fine without you. No one will even notice that you’re gone.

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 12th Jan 2022 7:51 pm 

    Pipeline spills 300,000 gallons of diesel near New Orleans

    “NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans after the operator delayed needed repairs, according to federal records.

    Most of the fuel drained into two artificial ponds called “borrow pits” and thousands of fish, birds and other animals were killed, state and local officials said Wednesday. The spill also contaminated soil, according to state and federal officials.”

    “An inspection of the 42-year-old Meraux Pipeline more than a year earlier, in October 2020, revealed external corrosion along a 22-foot (7-meter) section of pipe at the same site as the spill, federal records show.

    The pipe had apparently lost 75% of its metal where the corrosion was worst, which would have required immediate repair, according to the records. But work was delayed and the line continued operating after a second inspection concluded the corrosion was not bad enough to require immediate repair under federal rules, the records show.”

    And all the fossil fuel slaves turn their heads and walk away. Same as when a junkie OD’s on the street – the other junkies do the same walk away. It’s a human thing.

  7. Biden’s hairplug on Thu, 13th Jan 2022 12:45 am 

    “If I was in charge, I’d call martial law & hunt down all anti-vaxx-N-maskers & JAB JAB…JAB them.“

    Yes, but you are not. You are a frustrated, powerless little critter, a nobody, who can hardly carry his own weight. Nobody would miss a foaming nihilist like you.

    Still no comments on this one from your side…

    “The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare”

    You know it is over, don’t you.

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