Historical Construction Costs of Global Nuclear Power Reactors
The US and France aren't the whole story
2. South Korea tells a very different story
3. The US may have been largely disrupted by Three-Mile Island, but also suffered first-mover disadvantages
This dataset and paper are only the beginning of Breakthrough’s work looking at the cost of nuclear. There are dozens of probable causes for theses cost trends that need to be explored in further work. While it appears that design standardization, economies of scale, multi-reactor siting, single developers, and regulatory stability all help to keep costs down, other effects such as demand for electricity, power sector structure, economic growth, and manufacturing capabilities may play an equal role in driving these trends.