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Thorium is the base fuel for a nuclear fuel cycle that uses an isotope of thorium, 232 Th, as the fertile material. In a thorium-fueled reactor, 232 Th absorbs neutrons to produce 233 U, which fissions and releases energy. This thorium fuel cycle has several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle, including thorium's greater abundance, superior physical and nuclear properties, reduced plutonium and actinide production, and better resistance to nuclear weapons proliferation when used in certain reactors.


Top 10 Corporate Owners


 
Issued Patent Count   
 
Published Pending Application Count

Corporation Patents and Published Applications Count
1. Terrapower, Llc
 
 
16
2. Inventor
 
 
12
3. Ultra Safe Nuclear, Inc.
 
 
11
4. Utah Green Energy Technologies, Llc
 
 
9
5. United States Air Force
 
 
6
6. Lawrence Livermore National Security, Llc
 
 
6
7. Commissariat A L Energie Atomique
 
 
6
8. Lightbridge Corporation
 
 
5
9. Orano Cycle
 
 
5
10. US Department of Energy
 
 
5




Category and Tag Distribution

Category and Tags Patents and Published Applications
  • Breeding
  •  
    10
    10 Breeding
  • Extraction/Recovery
  •  
    48
    48 Extraction/Recovery
  • Fuel
  •  
    40
    40 Fuel
  • Reactors
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    99
    73 Molten Salt, 26 Other
  • Waste
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    8
    8 Disposal


    Recent Published Activity in Thorium as of November 20, 2019