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Chinese Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces Energy Hotter Than The Sun

Update Date: Feb 08, 2016 11:48 AM EST

In an amazing breakthrough, China seemed to have created a hydrogen gas said to be "hotter than the sun", which is a powerful milestone in the human quest for fusion power.

The fusion project is named the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), and was undertaken with the help of two kinds of hydrogen atoms injected into a containment vessel, reports Daily Mail.

After the injection of energy, the electrons are shed and ion plasma is created, producing a lot of energy. The project used a magnetic fusion reactor at the Institute of Physical Science in China's Jiangsu province, the South China Morning Post reported.

The hydrogen gas was heated to touch 50 million Kelvins, which is lower than the 80 million Kelvins that Germany achieved. Still, the Chinese kept up the temperature for 102 seconds. It was three times the heat generated by the sun. On the other hand, Germans managed to reach the highest temperature for just a quarter of a second.

The temperature of the sun's interior is thought to touch 15 million Kelvins while the Chinese scientists are aiming for 100 million Kelvins for 17 minutes.

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