South Korea’s KSTAR (Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research), a superconducting fusion device in has set a new record by maintaining a 100 million degree C stream of plasma for 20 seconds.
The project is led by Korea Institute of Fusion Energy along with Seoul National University and Columbia University in the US.
Nuclear fusion technology has been dubbed the name “Artificial Sun” for the past few year. None of those has yet managed to last longer than 10 seconds. The KSTAR has managed to last 20 seconds, setting a new record.
Breakthroughs like these would potentially lead humans in solving the planet’s energy needs A working fusion reactor will allow people to harness the power of the sun here on Earth. It could be the future of safe renewable energy source.