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.

To apply, please send your completed application file to Dr. Aaron Fisher 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, please contact WE&RF Technology and Innovation Manger Dr. Aaron Fisher at

View Technology Scans Database