China on Friday has been successful in launching the first ever artificial sun, namely HL-2M Tokamak. The first plasma discharge from the device has also been received successfully.
News agency Xinhua reports quoting China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
Designed to replicate the natural reactions that occur in the sun using hydrogen and deuterium gases as fuels, the apparatus in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will provide unlimited clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion.
Why is this significant?
By harnessing the power produced through nuclear fusion we could tap into almost limitless clean energy — something we are in dire need of given our Earth's environmental concerns.
Researchers around the world have been trying to attain this goal for decades. The main issue has been finding an affordable way to contain piping hot plasma in one space and keeping it stable enough for fusion to occur.
How it will help?
Scientists hope that the "artificial sun" will help harness the power of nuclear fusion.
This would bring humanity a step closer to creating "unlimited clean energy", by mimicking reactions that naturally occur inside the Sun proper.