TRL8 is the point at which technology has been proven to work and be durable in a commercial setting. TRL9 is the point at which technology is in production in commercial volumes.
How to move from TRL 8 to TRL 9 in your product development project:
The key steps involved in moving from TRL 8 to TRL 9 are:
- Increasing production volume. This can be done by scaling up production or finding new customers.
- Verifying that the volume of products in use by your customers is significant. To do this, you can look at metrics such as customer feedback, sales data, or user numbers.
When moving from TRL 8 to TRL 9, it’s important to consider how your technology compares to others in terms of maturity. You may need to do additional work to bring your technology up to par with the best in the industry.
Understand and address the challenges you may face along the way
There are certain challenges you may face when trying to reach TRL9. These can include:
- Scaling up production. This can be difficult if you don’t have the necessary resources in place. This may be overcome by partnering with a company that has the necessary infrastructure or finding new investors.
- Get your technology adopted by more customers. If you don't have a successful sales and marketing plan in place, it might be tough to implement. You could need to spend money on things like customer outreach, public relations, and advertising.
- Make sure your technology is on par with the best in the industry. This can be a daunting task, but it's important to have a clear understanding of what's required to make your technology the best it can be.