Test and Demonstration
South Poland Cleantech Claster facilitates acces to the state-of-the-art test and demonstration installations in the region. Start-ups and other innovative companies can utilize these facilities to conduct R&D, build working prototypes or test existing products that are close to market.
SPCleantech is carrying out a mapping of what test and demonstration facilities are available in the region.Test facilities are defined as facilities in which the company can test the stability and functionality of a product pre-commercialization. Demonstration facilities are defined as facilities, where companies can demonstrate that a product works under realistic operating conditions or in relation to other technologies.
There are 3 types of test and demonstration facilities in South Poland:
- Government test facilities
- Private sector test facilities
- University/Polytechnic/Research Centre test facilities
Access to the relevant cleantech testing- and demonstration-facilities is critical for the development work of regions cleantech companies. An international study among cleantech companies (Oxford Research, 2011) found that testing and demonstrating products or concepts, together with product-development, are the most highly prioritized tasks for companies.
Companies have identified the lack of sufficient test & demonstration facilities as a major obstacle for their future growth. Without access to facilities that can prove the new concepts it is very difficult for the new product or service to enter the market.That’s why South Poland Cleantech Cluster cooperates with external partners on establishing new test and demonstration facilities on small-scale as well as full-scale.
The objective is to create innovative projects and promote the operability and efficiency of new technologies. The demonstration facilities within the region address initiatives for new and advanced technology, particularly for sustainable energy consumption and solutions.