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DateDate: 17-04-2019, 05:52

While China is preparing to restart its stalled nuclear program after a three-year moratorium, scientists from the Laboratory of Hefei District are instead engaged in nuclear fusion instead of grossly splitting atoms, dreaming of "putting the Sun in a box."
China has already spent about $ 900 million building a tokamak, which turns hydrogen isotopes into a plasma, fusing them together and releasing energy. Sun Yuntao, deputy director of the Institute of Plasma Physics at the Hefei Institute of Physics, said that despite the technological difficulties, the project received another funding of the same amount, and new construction plans are already being developed, Reuters writes.
“In five years we will start building a thermonuclear reactor. It will take another 10 years, after which we will construct a generator and start generating energy by about 2040, ”he said.
Although thermonuclear energy can make a revolution in the energy sector, until now, engineers have not been able to achieve an economically viable technology in which the energy output would exceed the costs. As skeptics express, fusion technology seems achievable 50 years later, as it was half a century ago.
China has been studying the synthesis reaction since 1958, but at this stage it is still a question of international cooperation, rather than competition, said Sun. In particular, the People's Republic of China participates in the ITER project and is responsible for creating 9% of the components of this reactor, which, according to the plan, should start producing the first plasma in 2025.