When will we be able to replicate the sun's energy? Well, nuclear reactors are bringing scientists closer every day. See, reactors have two varieties; fission (breaking atoms apart to release energy), and fusion (squishing atoms together to release energy). Our current nuclear power is fission, but scientists have been trying to figure out a way to harness the enormous power of fusion. A German paper, published in December 2016, introduced a new fusion reactor that has shown to be significantly more efficient than any before it: the Wendelstein 7-X reactor. Fun fact: it also looks like a donut. In the following videos, explore how this reactor is bringing us closer to replicating the sun's energy, then learn more about the sun.
Can We Replicate The Sun's Energy?
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Here's How Fusion Powers The Sun
The sun's light comes from one of the most violent reactions in the universe: nuclear fusion.