LIFT Technology Scans

LIFT Technology Scans identify and evaluate innovative technologies to inform water facility owners, funders, advisors, and end users in order to promote early adoption of the technologies. They offer technology providers an optimal platform to introduce their emerging, pre-commercial, and newly commercialized technologies.

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Call for Innovative Wastewater Technologies for Consideration at the WERF/WEF Forum on Intensification of Resource Recovery

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) are currently seeking cutting-edge wastewater treatment technologies that provide intensification of resource recovery, including recovery of energy, nutrients, water, and other products. Proposers must highlight key aspects of their product or process for review by a panel of experts through a Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Technology Scan. Selected proposers will be featured at a Forum on August 9-11, 2015 at Manhattan College in New York City sponsored by WERF and WEF. The Forum will include technology presentations along with match-making and development of collaborative future projects among utilities, vendors, academics, consultants, and others.

Submittals must pertain to intensification technologies applicable to municipal and industrial wastewater treatment operations in developed nations such as the U.S. 

Processes for intensification of resource recovery are defined as follows:
  • Provides greater than 30% reduction in the capital cost – typically this would be associated with a reduction in concrete tank volume, footprint, etc.  In addition to reduced capital cost, preference will be given to technologies that can also demonstrate a significant reduction in O&M costs.

  • Examples: solid-liquid separation, digestion pre-treatment/enhancement processes, granular sludge processes, membrane bioreactor processes, nutrient removal and resource recovery, carbon diversion, dewatering, filtration, and high-rate wet weather treatment processes. 
Submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 16, 2015. Download the call for innovative technologies Application Instructions and Cover Sheet for a complete description of the program and application instructions. For more information, contact WERF Director of Water Technologies Jeff Moeller at or Technology and Innovation Manager Ravi George at For more information about the Forum, please contact Laura Herman at

LIFT Technology Scans are designed to move innovation into practice and have engaged more than 250 of the largest facility owners. Audiences for LIFT Technology Scans include municipal and industrial facility owners, consulting firms, and venture capitalists. 

Using a 3-step process (see Figure), Technology Scans involve identification and evaluation of innovative technologies for technology readiness level and technical review of inventor’s claims. Selected technologies are invited to present to LIFT audiences which are appropriate to their technology readiness levels, to garner interest in early adoption of the technology. WERF also will help develop and manage independent, peer-reviewed technology evaluations.

The results of previous Technology Scans are accessible to all WERF subscribers through a database of LIFT Technology Scan submissions. The database contains the vendor scan applications which provide detailed information on each technology. A technical review of these applications was conducted by expert panels representing the consulting, academic, and utility perspectives. These panels review the claims made in the applications and confirm or revise the technology development level.  
For more information, contact WERF Director of Water Technologies Jeff Moeller at or Technology and Innovation Manager Ravi George at