Technology Readiness Levels For Sustainable Software Products

A self-assessment guide for TRL (Technology Readiness Level) as relevant to sustainable software development projects.

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Self-Assessment Of TRL For Software

We found the following TRL guidelines helpful explicitly for software development published by GridLAB-D:

Principle (TRL 1)

The basic requirements of the principle are described and the class stub created.

Concept (TRL 2)

The basic design elements of the class are described and the variables enumerated in the class.

Proof (TRL 3)

The methodology to be used has been proven on paper or numerically in other environments.

Standalone (TRL 4)

The class has been implemented and passed standalone methodological and functional validation tests.

Integrated (TRL 5)

The class has been tested in conjunction with other classes and passed integrated methodological and functional validation tests.

Demonstrated (TRL 6)

The class has been shown to produce correct results in simple exemplary situations.

Prototype (TRL 7)

The class has been shown to produce correct results in complex exemplary situations.

Qualified (TRL 8)

The class has been shown to produce correct results in realistic situations.

Proven (TRL 9)

The class has been used successfully in production-grade analysis work.

Self Assessment Of TRL For Sustainability Tech

If the end goal is sustainability or social good, then the identification of key sustainability-related metrics becomes increasingly relevant as presented in the following reference:

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Sustainability Integration In A Technology Readiness Assessment Framework. 21st International Conference On Engineering Design, ICED1721–25 August, 2017

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