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
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.
- Vendors of new technologies can enjoy accelerated acceptance of new products from uncertain customers and permitting authorities.
- 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.
- Users can use ETV performance data to select technologies that work best for them and to identify technologies that are likely to fail.
- All products are tested with standardized and peer reviewed testing protocols.
- 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).