Would a universal open-source blueprint/design posted online be helpful to engineers? One reason nuclear power expensive is that there is little duplication in designs, and design costs are expensive. Would following what Linus did for Linux kernel help? First, one standardized universal reactor design, that all new reactors being build would have to conform to exact specifications. Parts should be interchangeable, and where possible, standardized with existing electrical generator parts. (much as pc atx boxes all use same type of parts, power supplies, etc) Second, posting the blueprint online, with specifications and engineering details, for everyone to see an develop, until it gets to the point where engineers around the world agree as being acceptable to go into production. Free computer simulation software should also be open sourced. Linux and other open source projects are like this. anyone, including anti-nuke activists can look at the blueprint online. hopefully nuclear engineers, physicists, chemists and others can critique the model, and foresee possible problems. I don't deny there would be no easy way to prevent criminals from looking at the blueprint for security breaches. This "research" program can be partially funded with gov't money, and it would NOT be copyrighted. It would be a set of universal specifications and standards of compliance in reactor design. Personally I'd like to see some kind of IFR design as open source. There's Open RISC which is analogous to this in a hardware implementation. This should help lower barriers of entry in R&D costs. Is there any reason this couldn't work, and nuclear facilities can't be exactly duplicated everywhere? If a company agrees to build a nuke in exact specifications as outlined online, they should be in return put on the fast-track to approval and operation and funding.