Technology readiness level
Guidance principles for renewable energy technologies : final report - Study
The European Union’s research framework programme Horizon2020 uses the concept of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to describe the scope of its calls for proposals; the definitions provided, however, are meant as an overall guidance and do not refer specifically to renewable energy technologies. This study was meant to firstly assess the use of TRL in the energy field at European level: a desk research, complemented by surveys and interviews with stakeholders coming from the institutional, industrial and research field, led to the conclusion that there is still a lack of common understanding... around the concept of TRL and further guiding principles would be needed. The study aimed also to develop guidance documents defining TRL in 10 renewable energy fields; a Guide of Guides was conceived to be the backbone for any technology-specific definition and, based on its instructions, 10 guidance documents were produced and validated by stakeholders in a two step-approach: first through an online survey and then during a one-day workshop. A subcontractor, acting as reviewer ensured the documents produced were consistent to update the Guide of Guides; its analysis identified technology-specific issues as well as a set of common trends for each TRL that may serve as a reference to develop guidance documents in any other energy technology field.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) Themes: Energy research, Renewable sources of energy
- Subject: energy industry, energy policy, energy research, energy technology, guide, renewable energy, research report