Friday, December 27, 2019

And Speaking of Fusion, China Is Close To Turning On Their "Artificial Sun"

It was in the outro from the post immediately below, "Tesla Patents A Battery Technology (TSLA)".

The headline story from Xinhua, November 26:
China's "artificial sun" device set to be commissioned in 2020
And from Nuclear Engineering International, November 29:

China completes new tokamak
China has completed the construction of the HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor at a research centre in Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan province.

The tokamak will become operational in 2020, Xinhua reported on 27 November, noting that installation work has gone smoothly since the delivery of the coil system in June. The new apparatus, with a more advanced structure and control mode, is expected to generate plasmas hotter than 200 million degrees Celsius, said Duan Xuru, head of the Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) under the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). China has already spent close to a billion dollars on the project. The facility will provide key technical support for China's participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project, as well as the self-designing and building of fusion reactors, he noted.  China is a member of Iter, under construction in France, along with the European Union, the US, India, Japan, South Korea and Russia.

HL-2M, built by SWIP is an upgrade of China’s previous model, the HL-2A – one of three major domestic tokamaks now in operation in China...