Daily Mail: A man-made sun that could power our planet is created by a British start-up in OxfordshirePress
15 July 2021

Daily Mail: A man-made sun that could power our planet is created by a British start-up in Oxfordshire

Daily Mail article by David Rose on Tokamak Energy, published 15/07/21.

Hundreds of times every month, a British scientist sitting in a high-tech control room in an industrial park in the Thames Valley near Didcot clicks his computer mouse.

Each time he does so, a high-energy beam of subatomic particles is fired into a dark, swirling cloud of superheated hydrogen gas, known as a plasma, contained within a spherical steel tank about 6 ft in diameter.

The plasma immediately sparks and glows and at that point has just become the hottest place in the solar system, hotter even than the core of the sun — that is to say, more than 15 million degrees Centigrade.

Only a system of immensely powerful electromagnets prevents the vessel containing the plasma from being vaporised instantly.

The scientist, who works for the high-tech start-up Tokamak Energy, is part of a team of world-leading experts trying to recreate nuclear fusion, the process that makes stars burn — for the fusion of two atoms of hydrogen to make one of helium, releases vast quantities of energy.

Read the full article here.



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