Techno-economic Assessments aka techno-economic analysis, or TEAs, are a tool used to aid decision-makers on the worth of investing time and money on the development, deployment, and/or acquisition of a specific technology. As the name implies, a TEA assesses the maturity of the studied technology, as well as its potential future economic viability. As with most analyses, a critical first step is a definition and agreement on the scope and objectives of the assessment. The scope of the TEA will be dependent on the reason the TEA is being conducted. If the TEA is being conducted on an early-stage R&D technology, the assessment will consider economic profitability and market analysis, in a less exhaustive manner and delve into more of the data from the R&D efforts, in an attempt to provide guidance on the required future directions and targets for the on-going R&D. If the TEA is being conducted on a successfully demonstrated technology, for the purposes of a potential acquisition, the analysis will review the technology development also, but will use more effort attempting to understand the key capital and operating costs, product markets and the project pipeline.
The technology assessment component of the TEA will typically include a quantitative assessment of the technology maturity, via assignment of a technology readiness level or TRL. In addition, the assessment will typically review the technology development history, technology strengths, weaknesses, and associated risks and will consider the potential development path(s) to get to successful commercial deployment of the technology.
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See our series on TEA:
Techno-Economic Analysis: What It Is.
Techno-Economic Analysis for Renewable Investors.
Techno-Economic Analysis for Project Developers.
Using Third Parties in Techno-Economic Analysis.