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The Verification Process
  • Application for Testing

    To be considered for independent verification by the GHG Center, an Application for Testing must be completed, submitted, and accepted by the Center. Once the GHG Center accepts a technology for verification, a Commitment Letter is prepared that identifies performance parameters to be verified, testing methods to be used, roles and responsibilities of all participants, initial verification schedule, and cost sharing requirements. All participants must have a commercially available technology and all must sign the Commitment Letter before work can begin.

    The verification process consists of three phases: (1) development of the Testing and Quality Assurance Plan; (2) testing and data analysis; and (3) development of the Verification Report and Verification Statement. The Verification Statement describes the technology tested, provides vendor contact information, summarizes verification results, and outlines evaluation methods. The Verification Statement, signed by officials from the U.S. EPA and GHG Center and containing official logos of both organizations, is used by technology vendors to market their technologies. It is concisely written and professionally produced.

    Each phase of the test program is managed by the Southern Research Institute. All key products are subjected to rigorous peer review and quality assurance oversight by the US EPA Office of Research and Development. Results are made publicly available on the Internet, and in some cases are actively distributed via press release, conference presentation, publication in trade and peer reviewed journals, and by other means.

    To participate in technology verification, the technology vendor and/or the vendor's advocate must provide a cash contribution equal to or greater than fifty percent (50%) of the cost of verification planning, testing, and reporting activities. ETV program funding of tests that can be completed at this cost level is taken into account when evaluating applications for verification.

    Through this EPA-supported performance verification process, data are provided to customer groups & others with the intent of accelerating the use of good technology. This can improve the environment and significantly increase vendor sales, recognition, credibility, and acceptance.

    There are many benefits to participating in the ETV Program. Example benefits are listed below.
    1. Vendors of new technologies can enjoy accelerated acceptance of new products from uncertain customers and permitting authorities.
    2. Technology vendors can enjoy the enhanced credibility and expanded national and international exposure and recognition that comes from EPA-backed performance Verification Statements and EPA-sponsored national and international outreach efforts.
    3. Users can use ETV performance data to select technologies that work best for them and to identify technologies that are likely to fail.
    4. All products are tested with standardized and peer reviewed testing protocols.
    5. Vendors, state agencies, and others can benefit from access to government funding for product performance testing they already plan to conduct (ETV cost shared funds support all testing activities).