CNNC develops China’s largest pulse generator

Updated: 2019-01-19


China’s first 300,000-KVA vertical pulse generator passed comprehensive tests at Southwest Institute of Physics of the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) in Chengdu, on Jan 17.

The generator, which meets international-standard specifications, will be able to meet the needs of HL-2M, China’s fusion research facility, providing it with a high-voltage power supply. 

HL-2M is China’s state-of-the-art Tokamak device, also known as a “man-made sun”, which is used in operational and controllable thermonuclear fusion research. 

It is hoped that the generator will lift the plasma current of the HL-2M to twice that of existing devices in China, and push the plasma temperature to exceed 150 million kWh, thus providing guarantees for the follow-up experiment.