China's 'artificial sun' smashes 1000-second fusion world record

China's 'artificial sun' set a new world record on Thursday by running for 1,056 seconds at high plasma temperature, the longest duration for an experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST) fusion energy reactor, Xinhua News Agency reported.

EAST already scored a previous record in May, running for 101 seconds at a temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius.

The latest one came after it was announced last week that a new round of testing would be conducted by the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP). 

The institute, located in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, has discharged electricity more than 10,000 times since the inauguration of phase II of EAST in 2011.