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Sustainability integration in a technology readiness assessment framework

Sustainability integration in a technology readiness assessment framework

Year: 2017

Section: Design for X, Design to X

Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos

Author: Hallstedt, Sophie (1); Pigosso, Daniela (2)

Series: ICED

Institution: 1: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden; 2: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Section: Design for X, Design to X

Pages: 229-238

ISBN: 978-1-904670-93-3

ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

In this paper, an approach to systematically include sustainability into the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) is proposed. The aim is to answer the question "how can sustainability provide systematic guidance in technology development and early product development?". Results from a case study illustrate that the suggested approach can support i) the inclusion of sustainability into the early design stages, when only limited data and information is available; ii) the enhancement of the comprehensiveness of sustainability and ease of use in the day-to-day engineering working environment; and iii) simplified sustainability assessments without being too simplistic and/or reducing the sustainability scope. The proposed approach is being co-developed in collaboration with a case company, and tests on an actual technology development project are planned. The next steps are related to the application of the proposed approach in other companies to test its robustness and enhance its generalization for application in diverse contexts.

Keywords: Technology readiness level, Ecodesign, Sustainability, New product development, Early design phases

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