He also told a gathering hosted by Beijing-based think tank Techxcope that the country intends to create nuclear fusion energy by 2028.
Nuclear fusion has been dubbed the “holy grail” of energy sources because it provides endless energy by mimicking the natural events that occur inside the Sun, where massive energy is released when hydrogen atoms collide to form helium atoms.
The path has so far proven tricky due to the extremely high temperatures and intricacy of containing the plasma on the reactor’s core. Recently, a team of South Korean researchers announced that they had successfully maintained a nuclear fusion reaction working at temperatures over 100 million°C for the first time for 30 seconds.
Beijing is making rapid progress in this area and intensifying its initiatives to generate infinite clean energy. That being said, the country currently also holds the record for employing an “artificial sun” for a reaction lasting more than 17 minutes at a slightly lower temperature of 70 million degrees Celsius.
The Chinese power plant will rely on a Z-pinch machine, which uses a strong electrical pulse to simulate the fusion reaction of a thermonuclear bomb. The machine is anticipated to be finished in 2025 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
The machine will generate 50 million amperes of electricity. This figure is approximately twice as much as the record-breaking Z pulsed power facility, a comparable machine at the Sandia National Laboratory in the US.
Chinese scientists claim to use different techniques than those employed in the West, arguing that their approaches are more effective.
Nevertheless, many obstacles still exist, such as designing specialized components that can support the process. It may likely supply energy needs for tens of thousands of years if successful.
According to eurasiantimes