China Doubles Effort on "Artificial Sun" Nuclear Fusion Program

22 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>China Doubles Effort on "Artificial Sun" Nuclear Fusion Program</h1><p>May 22 (EIRNS)--In the field of fusion energy, China's Institute of Plasma Physics in Hefei is already doubling its capabilities to carry out its "artificial Sun" nuclear fusion program. The Institute will spend US$30 million for a new heating system and other technology, <em>India-Asian News Service</em> reported today.<blockquote>"We want to set up new systems of six megawatts each for the central drive and the heating system. We expect to do this over the next three years,"</blockquote></p><p>Institute deputy director Song Tao Wu told a group of visiting foreign journalists. This would double the energy produced to 10,000 KV. The Institute is not yet utilizing China's own Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokomak (EAST), but the Russian-designed HT-7 tokomak.<blockquote>"The EAST tokomak is functional and so is the H-7 one. But we have just one crew to run it. So, we are not using the EAST tokomak at this moment,"</blockquote></p><p>Song explained. He said that the Indian fusion program "is very ambitious."<blockquote>"India is not using a fully superconducting technology. Its facility is smaller than ours. But the Indian government has spent a lot more money on it,"</blockquote></p><p>Song said. India and China are participating in the international thermonuclear experimental reactor project, which also involves the European Union, the United States, Japan, Russia and South Korea.</p></div></body>