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Artificial solar retrofit from South Korea: Target to 300 seconds
South Korea has made some improvements to its nuclear fusion reactor, known as the artificial sun. In 2022, the company managed to sustain 100 million degrees Celsius for 30 seconds, and by 2026 it aims to increase this to 300 seconds.
South Korea's "artificial sun" machine has been equipped with some equipment that could enable it to produce high-temperature plasma above 100 million degrees Celsius for longer periods of time.
SOUTH KOREA AIMS FOR 300 SECONDS
With this update, the high melting point of the carbon router has been replaced with a router made of tungsten.
Experiments using the new tungsten routing medium will continue until February 2024. With the help of this new equipment, the team aims to withstand 100 million degrees Celsius for 300 seconds by the end of 2026.
FIRST REACHED 100 MILLION DEGREES CELSIUS IN 2018
The artificial sun first reached 100 million degrees Celsius in 2018 and sustained it for just 1.5 seconds.
This was extended to 8 seconds in 2019 and 20 seconds in 2020. The last record, reached in 2022, managed to sustain 100 million degrees Celsius for 30 seconds.
The device has recently received a series of upgrades that could enable it to maintain this temperature for even longer.
CHINA ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A COMPANY FOR ARTIFICIAL SUN
According to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), China has announced the creation of a new state-owned company that will pool resources from across the country to realize a nuclear fusion reactor known as an artificial sun.
TWO YEARS AGO IT BROKE A RECORD
The nuclear fusion reactor in Hefei, China, known as the artificial sun, broke a world record by operating at 70 million degrees for more than 17 minutes.
WHAT DOES NUCLEAR FUSION DO?
Nuclear fusion occurs when two light atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing enormous amounts of energy in the process. This enormous energy could theoretically be used to generate almost unlimited amounts of electricity.