Raleigh, N.C. (July 16, 2020) – 350Solutions has secured a new three-year project contract with Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) environmental technology demonstration and validation program. The project, Improving ESTCP Demonstration Outcomes and Technology Transfer via Integration of Standard Third-Party Technology Verification using ISO 14034: 2016 Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), will evaluate, demonstrate, educate, and work to implement the global ISO 14034 ETV protocol as part of the ESTCP standard demonstration project process. The ultimate goals of the project are to reduce risk and enable decision-making regarding implementation of new innovations there by increasing technology transition, and uptake within DoD and other international markets.
“We are pleased to be working with ESTCP in the early phases of investigating the benefits of and implementing ISO 14034 ETV as a standardized part of ESTCP projects,” said Tim Hansen, CEO 350Solutions. “In the end, the adoption of ISO 14034 should benefit all future ESTCP projects in their wider acceptance into marketplaces and reduce risk to end users in selecting and deploying environmentally and economically beneficial innovations.”
There are numerous barriers to commercialization of innovative technologies within the clean energy and environmental sectors that inhibit uptake and utilization of beneficial new innovations. For decades, technology demonstration and validation has been one of the top identified barriers to market penetration, with programs like ESTCP in place to help address the issue. However, the transfer of technologies and market uptake is still limited and challenges remain. In many markets, including the DoD, the transfer of knowledge to end users, purchasers, regulators, and others is often done on a project by project basis, sometimes lacking standard approaches which enable comparison of different technologies and their impacts. This can result in critical stakeholders having to independently compare options, review barriers, assess performance, and estimate impact on their own, relying on information from various disparate resources. Often, evaluations are also led by the technology developers themselves, whereas an independent validation of a technology can provide greater credibility, quality assurance, and reduced risk.
The project will be broken down into five parts, a process gap analysis, stakeholder group development, verification plan development, complete technology verification, and outreach activities. Ultimately, if adopted broadly, ETV under ISO 14034 may be established as a de facto requirement in numerous demonstration and purchasing or deployment programs, enabling consistency across entities, not just within DoD, which can improve time to market for new techs.