An artificial star could unlock a new future for renewable energyFebruary 9, 2016
Scientists reach a major milestone in the production of an artificial sun
Chinese researchers have made a major breakthrough that could have promising implications for the future of renewable energy. The scientists have been working with a nuclear reactor known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), which is located in eastern China. Using EAST, the scientists have been able to produce hydrogen gas that is three times hotter than the core of the sun, which represents a major step forward in the production of what could be the world’s first artificial sun.
Finding unlimited supplies of renewable energy is becoming a priority
Those interested in renewable energy have been looking for new ways to take advantage of renewable energy and artificial solar power is becoming a very attractive solution. Researchers believe that an artificial sun could become a valuable energy source, as it would provide unlimited electrical power that is completely sustainable. Such an energy source could become quite valuable, especially as the world’s natural resources continue to diminish.
Renewable energy continues to gain support in both large and developing countries
Renewable energy has become a topic of interest throughout the world. Several of the world’s largest countries have begun to embrace renewable energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and fight climate change by reducing harmful emissions. Finding the perfect form of clean power has been difficult, however, but some have begun to invest heavily in solar energy specifically. This form of clean power has become particularly popular in countries that have long exposure to solar radiation, which gives them a great deal of potential when it comes to producing sustainable energy.
Scientists in other countries are also looking to create an artificial sun
Chinese scientists will be working to improve the EAST system in order to move closer to creating an artificial sun, and they are not the only ones trying to do so. A $1.12 billion project in Germany called “Stellarrator” may have reached a major milestone in the production of super hot plasma using nuclear fusion. The project is finding similar success to that which has been reported for the EAST system in China.