Kurion is a clean energy company that creates technological solutions that minimize and stabilize nuclear and hazardous waste for safe, secure and permanent disposal.
The company’s waste separation and stabilization solutions are used to treat nuclear and hazardous waste around the world.
Kurion’s two-phase waste management platform is set to be the most cost-effective path to achieve a final glass form, which is the best-demonstrated technology for stabilizing nuclear waste. This platform also has applications for most toxic hazardous waste.
Kurion uses highly engineered material to filter nuclear and hazardous waste and segregate it by its hazardous ions based on environmental risk.
The portion of the waste representing the highest environmental risk then undergoes vitrification to convert it into glass, which is leach-resistant and recognized as the “gold standard” for nuclear waste disposal by international regulators.
Backed by venture capital firms Lux Capital and Firelake Capital Management, the Kurion executive team employs a collective 125 years of industry experience managing nuclear and hazardous waste for commercial and government sites worldwide. The Kurion team has access to some of the leading experts on nuclear waste through its scientific advisory board and panel of business advisors.
Kurion is based in Irvine, Calif., and operates a Technology Development Center at its radioactive materials licensed facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and two “cold” non-radioactive test facilities in Richland, Wash.
- Oct. 2008: Company founded based on joint vision of John Raymont and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital
- Mar. 2010: Missouri University of Science and Technology first glass in-module melt completed (Modular Vitrification System -MVS®-)
- Nov. 2010: Kurion unveils its key technologies, MVS® and ISM, completes proof of concept contract
- Dec. 2010: Kurion opens headquarters and engineering office in Irvine, Calif.
- Jan. 2011: Opens Rolla, Mo., vitrification R&D facility
- April 2011: Awarded contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company for cesium removal system at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
- May 2011: Delivers cesium removal system to Fukushima plant
- June 2011: Full operation begins of Kurion’s cesium removal system at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
- April 2012: Kurion signs agreement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to demonstrate its Modular Vitrification System (MVS®) on actual radioactive waste
- May 2012: Kurion acquires GeoMelt® vitrification technologies and consolidates vitrification facilities in Richland, Wash.