Germany's Nuclear Fusion Reactor Actually Works

Posted: Dec 7 2016, 7:50am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Germany's Nuclear Fusion Reactor Actually Works
Some representative nested magnetic surfaces are shown in different colours in this computer-aided design (CAD) rendering, together with a magnetic field line that lies on the green surface. The coil sets that create the magnetic surfaces are also shown, planar coils in brown, non-planar coils in grey. Some coils are left out of the rendering, allowing for a view of the nested surfaces (left) and a Poincaré section of the shown surfaces (right). Credit: Nature Communications
  • Four out of the five external trim coils are shown in yellow. The fifth coil, which is not shown, would appear at the front of the rendering.

German scientists seem to have literally harnessed the power of the sun. They have shown that the massive nuclear fusion reactor is actually functional.

By the end of 2015, Germany switched on a massive nuclear reactor. The miracle was that it was able to harness the power of a hot blob of helium plasma. Yet a question remains on the lips of the common people. Is it working in the manner it is supposed to?

That is a very important query since any flaws here could prove extra-dangerous. The answer is a solid “yes” much to the relief of the public which was worried lest some defects existed in the nuclear reactor.

The Wendelstein 7-X stellerator is generating very strong twisty 3D magnetic fields. These were forecast at the time of its design. The accuracy rate of this prediction was close to 100%. The rate of errors is less than one in 100,000, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Such state-of-the-art accuracy and precision are a new phenomenon. They once again show the heights that German engineering is capable of touching. This is crucial since only by trapping that hot ball of plasma will nuclear fusion take place.

Nuclear fusion is the most cleanest sources of alternative energy. All it requires is salt water. Unprecedented amounts of energy are released thanks to this system of harnessing the powers of the sun, according to ScienceAlert.

The reactions that are seen in the sun are copied by human beings on earth with multiple benefits. Unlike nuclear fission, nuclear fusion generates large amounts of energy.

The nuclear atoms are fused together in this process. The whole activity takes place at incredibly high temperatures. The good thing is that no radioactive waste is generated at all.

The long life of the sun was the model which was followed by nuclear physicists in the building of this nuclear fusion reactor. Once the power is harnessed, humankind can have energy for as long as it wants.

Scientists have been working on this project since the past six generations without success. Yet now with this German experiment, they may have come close to finding a solution.

The recreation of conditions like they exist in the sun is no child’s play. To hold a hundred million degrees Celsius hot ball of plasma within a magnetic coil is difficult to say the least.

The current stellerator works and that is all we know so far. It has not produced any electricity up until now. A lot more refining needs to be done before the process could be applicable in the real world.

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