Chinese scientists hope a new research facility will help them take another step forward in harnessing the power of the sun. Photo: EPA

China’s ‘artificial sun’ project just got a whole lot hotter, scientists say

  • New facility in Sichuan province will enable researchers to recreate the ‘extreme environments’ necessary to harness nuclear fusion
  • Plasma-generating machine capable of producing temperatures 13 times as hot as the sun
Topic |   China science

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Chinese scientists hope a new research facility will help them take another step forward in harnessing the power of the sun. Photo: EPA
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.