China has completed the construction of a reactor intended for experimental nuclear fusion that has been likened to “putting the Sun in a box” as the world races to find alternatives to fossil fuel use. Chinese state media announced that the HL-2M machine, based in a research centre in Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan province, will become operational in 2020. Nuclear fusion technology – combining rather than splitting atoms to create energy in a process that mimics the Sun – has long held the promise of a means to a never-ending supply of clean energy. But its full realisation from fusion to efficient energy has so far eluded scientists, who have been unable to come up with a system that creates more energy than it uses.
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