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Thorium

Thorium is the base fuel for a nuclear fuel cycle that uses an isotope of thorium, 232 Th, as the fertile material. 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. The Thorium Patent Forecast® includes patents for all parts of the process necessary for a thorium reactor to operate, from reactor design to fuel mining and processing, to reactivity moderators, to alloys for manufacturing component parts.


Top 10 Corporate Owners


 
Issued Patent Count   
 
Published Application Count

Corporation Patents and Published Applications Count
1. Terrapower, Llc
 
 
168
2. United States of America
 
 
57
3. Inventor
 
 
49
4. Orano SA
 
 
41
5. H.C. Starck
 
 
23
6. General Electric Company
 
 
21
7. Honeywell
 
 
21
8. Kobe Steel Ltd.
 
 
18
9. Global Advanced Metals Usa, Inc.
 
 
16
10. Westinghouse Electric Corporation
 
 
16




Invention Categorization and Classification

Categorization and Classification Patents and Published Applications
  • Fuel
  •  
    114
    54 Pebbles , 27 Rods/Bundles , 19 Salt , 14 Other
  • Extraction/Recovery
  •  
    112
    112 Extraction/Recovery
  • Breeding
  •  
    3
    3 Breeding
  • Reactors
  •  
    304
    106 Molten Salt , 97 Traveling wave , 56 Other , 30 Pebble bed , 14 Accelerated , 1 Cooling
  • Waste
  •  
    41
    41 Waste
  • Valve Metals-Crystalline Alloys
  •  
    391
    177 Titanium , 43 Multiple , 42 Tantalum , 37 Vanadium , 34 Zirconium , 33 Niobium , 16 Other , 9 Hafnium
  • Valve Metals-Amorphous alloys
  •  
    127
    101 Zirconium , 9 Joining , 8 Multiple elements , 6 Titanium , 2 Tantalum , 1 Hafnium
  • Moderators
  •  
    199
    183 Carbon-impregnated carbon , 10 Graphite , 4 Inorganic , 2 Organic
  • Coolants
  •  
    27
    12 Electromagnetic , 7 Gas , 3 Organic , 3 Aqueous , 2 Metal
  • Miscellaneous
  •  
    11
    11 Miscellaneous
  • Corrosion
  •  
    9
    9 Corrosion
  • Deterrence
  •  
    1
    1 Deterrence


    Recent Published Activity in Thorium as of January 21, 2021