QQE Partners with International Project

Polished Quartz Rod Spoke Assembly - ITER / QQE Partnership

QQE Supplies Components to International Fusion Reactor Project

Quality Quartz Engineering, Inc. has been selected to deliver design development work on a load bearing quartz rod integral to the energy supply of the world’s largest fusion reactor.

ITER (Latin for the ‘the way”) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject – currently building the world’s largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor in the south of France.  This project brings together the EU, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and the United States in an effort to harness the same reaction that powers the sun.  Astounding levels of energy are needed to launch the fusion process.  QQE is supplying ITER with the quartz rods used in their RF transmission lines responsible for delivering 20 million watts of power to the plasma.   

Over the last few years, QQE and US ITER have collaborated on the design and prototyping of these quartz rods.  While not all manufacturers are suited to the exactitudes of scientific projects such as ITER, QQE’s many years of experience ensured a deep understanding of the design philosophy needed for this rigorous project.             

QQE is proud to be a part of a project of this magnitude that seeks to bring a cleaner energy source into existence. 

To learn more about the quartz rod design and bringing power to the plasma, check out ITER’s press release here: https://www.iter.org/newsline/-/1905 

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