Technology Assessments

  • An independent Assessment of your technology's ability to meet the desired performance, cost and market expectations.

Market Assessment

  • An independent review of target and adjacent market potential designed to give you realistic ROI answers.

Technology Sweeps

  • A review for other existing or emerging technologies that could provide full or partial solutions of the desired capability.

Business Case Development

  • Designed to answer the fundamental questions associated with technology and product development in a output sufficient for investor discussions.

Competitive Assessments

  • An independent assessment of existing or potential competitors and their ability to retain or expand market share in your target markets

Program Planning

  • Strategic and tactical program plans designed to provide low risk stepwise concept and product development.

Proposal Development

  • Designed to efficiently augment your current proposal capabilities from strategy to technical writing, in support of critical funding deadlines.

Fixed Price 4 week technology Assessment

  • Stepwise low cost assessment designed to rapidly provide educated responses at critical development decision points.

Birkeland Current has done more in the past few months in pushing our technology forward, than we had accomplished in the past two years.”
— Kevin Ainsorth of Agri-Gas International LLC

Birkeland Current  describes a phase 1 development project as one that takes a technological application from Technology Readiness Level 1 or 2 (Basic Principles, Concepts and Applications formulated) thru Technology Readiness Level 3 or 4 (Analytical and/or experimental integrated function proof of concept in a laboratory setting). Mockups in this phase typically utilize representative systems or components that are readily available and rapidly modified.

In addition, a phase 1 project includes a preliminary assessment of target markets, competing technologies and companies, and a development roadmap that includes schedule and cost estimates.

This phase should last no more than 1 year and more typically is 6 months or less. The end result is a demonstrated feasibility for a particular technological application along with a preliminary business model and concept of operations for future development.

Investment in this phase of a project represents a small fraction of the product development cost while providing a significant reduction in both technological and programmatic risks.  The completion of a phase 1 project provides tangible evidence for investor decisions, patent protections, and expanded application exploration. 


We have been following the proposed Birkeland Current detector development with great interest. Our current research in wild-land fire applications, stream hydrology and wetlands would all benefit from having a low cost, easy to use multi-spectral device for data gathering. Of course, we are aware that our research interests only scratch the surface of the potential applications.
— Bruce Byars - Director of Center for Spatial Research, Baylor University
We have discussed Birkeland Current’s proposed technical approach for ultrasonic imaging of high curvature composite surfaces and believe their approach has good merit. As a leader in composite ultrasonic imaging equipment, Imperium is very interested in the simulation and test results from the Phase 1 study and believe strongly that there are commercial and military Non-Destructive Inspection applications that would benefit including but not limited to composite manufacturers, automotive and aerospace OEM, petrochemical manufacturers and engineering services entities as this type of capability and technique matures.
— Ron Westemik, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Imperium Inc.
Initial Assembly Unit
Ultrasonic Detector Protoype

Birkeland Current's Phase 2 Development program is designed to take your proof of concept from a laboratory bench top setting to Technology Readiness Level 6: Significant fidelity prototype demonstration in a relevant operational environment.  In this phase, the prototype will typically include some specific design and engineering associated with packaging, power, and representative command and control systems and software.

Although there may still be significant manual operation, much of the system will be representative of final concept of operations and desired functionality.

This phase should be targeted at 1 to 2 years with the desire to limit this phase to less than 18 months whenever feasible.  Investment in this phase will likely represent approximately 40% of the overall product development effort.  In addition to the field demonstration, this phase of the program will result in realistic assessments of the expected final functionality and performance, cost and schedule to bring to market, initial production costs, and refined target market analysis. This phase should also finalize the 'reduction to practice' requirements of any patent filings.

The end result of this phase of a development is the ability to fully characterize the risk and opportunity associated with bringing a new technology to market.

Week 1:

  • Birkeland Current provides NDA and purpose built survey/questionnaire to technology customer.

Week 2/3:

  • Birkeland Current reviews customer information and becomes familiar with the applications and technology.

  • Birkeland Current and customer hold 2 hour Videocon to get aligned and understand technology/business thoughts.

  • Birkeland Current develops an assessment of current technology state.

  • TRL assessment
  • High level requirements needing to be met and current state ability to meet
  • Possible Identification of gaps in technology or concept of operations to meet high level requirements
  • Birkeland Current develops a Technology/ConOps Sweep

  • Possible competing or emerging technologies
  • Possible competing or emerging concepts of operations
  • Black Swan risks
  • Initial Pros/Cons between identified technologies, conops
  • Birkeland Current does a preliminary Market assessme including a  rough estimation of viable total US market

  • Birkeland Current does a preliminary assessment of competitors (established and emerging).

  • Birkeland Current identifies possible R&D funding organizations, technical associations and grant opportunities and identifies methods for customers to become aware of these opportunities in the future.

  • Birkeland current summarizes results in a ‘Draft Preliminary Business Case Study’ and provides to customer for review.


Week 4:

  • Customer reviews drafts.

  • Birkeland Current and Customer hold follow up video teleconference to review draft (2 hours).

  • Birkeland Current updates Draft  based on discussion and provides ‘Final Preliminary Business Case Study’.


This process is an update from a previous process used to quickly assess disparate technologies, markets, and concepts of operations and identify items for future investment.  In that case, we developed a pseudo-quantitative process that allowed us to rank ideas based on the type of assessment shown above.  This has been applied to a wide range of technologies and markets and we found the approach added significant value for very little cost. It was also quick enough to provide educated responses to decisions makers prior to larger investment decisions.

This assessment is offered for a fixed price of $7500 to provide an independent perspective of the concept and technology at critical investment decision points.

Offered Services

  • Schematic circuit design
  • Stand-alone 3d printer services from STIL Files
  • Mechanical CAD Development
  • In-House 3d Printing
  • In-House SMT low rate prototypes and pilot manufacturing

Low-Cost Prototype Parts

This particular project and products are very small and do test the level of finish, but it worked just fine for our needs. I am certain we will have other uses and needs for this type of rapid prototyping in the future. Thanks for getting this done so quickly.
— Acumen Design
  • One time $25/part set up from your .stl Files.
  • $0.40 per gram of material used.
  • $25/part for support removal (if design dictates).
  • Part Shown ≈ $33 for the first part and $8 per copy thereafter.
  • Typical build tim prom .stl receipt is around 1-2 days.
  • PLA or ABS materials.

In-House Prototype and low rate SMT builds