China has successfully completed the first test of its nuclear fusion reactor, known as the Artificial Sun. The Artificial Sun mimics the energy generation process of the sun, hence its name, and is said to be five times hotter than the sun itself. The nuclear fusion reactor was turned on for 17 minutes during which it produced five times the energy of the Sun and set a new world record.
You may be wondering, how was China able to create an “artificial sun?” The huge ball of fire in our galaxy called the Sun produces energy through several reactions called fusion reactions. China did not invent a huge ball of fire but created a nuclear fusion reactor which is a promising technology that can produce enormous amounts of clean energy with very few waste products.
The purpose of inventing an Artificial Sun is that it could generate energy for many years to come and be made more sustainable. The goal is to deliver an endless supply of clean energy by imitating similar reactions that take place in stars like our sun. By copying the physics of the sun, nuclear fusion reactors merge atomic nuclei to create energy in massive amounts, which may then be turned into electricity. Essentially – the end to all our energy-related worries!
In the absence of fossil fuels and toxic waste, nuclear fusion is cleaner and more environment friendly than our current methods. Scientists strongly believe that nuclear fusion could help maximize clean energy production however, even after decades of research such energy can only be produced in a lab.
However, it is still believed that as opposed to fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which are in danger of being exhausted and pose a threat to the environment, raw materials required for the Artificial Sun are almost unlimited on earth. Although the new Artificial Sun is five times hotter and produces more energy than the Sun, can it be considered the ultimate energy for the future?