The progress of every RCNDE project is reviewed regularly in terms of its Technological and Commercial Readiness Levels (TRL and CRL).
At the project proposal stage, this evaluation system allows the starting point and anticipated end point of a project proposal to be communicated in such a way that the expectations of all the involved parties can be defined closely and thereby minimise the risk of disappointment in a project outcome. It is also used to measure progress when a project is being undertaken, and describes the future steps that will be needed to make the technology more useful to the end user.
When a project or technology reaches a level where it is becoming more mature and likely to be implementable by industry, RCNDE holds a “Technology Readiness Workshop”, attended by the developers and potential end users, where all the Technical and Commercial aspects are reviewed closely. This process highlights any developmental shortfalls and identifies possible paths towards full implementation.
Find out more about this process here.