WERF, WEF launch new LIFT projects to drive innovation in water quality sector

April 22, 2015
The Water Environment Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation have announces that they are launching three new projects under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology program.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 22, 2015 -- The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) have announces that they are launching three new projects under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program, a joint initiative between the two organizations designed to help move innovation into practice in the water quality sector.

The first project, "Genifuel Hydrothermal Processing Bench Scale Technology Evaluation (LIFT6T14),"will evaluate an innovative biosolids-to-energy technology. The project is collaboratively funded by WERF, the EPA and approximately 10 utilities participating in the LIFT program, with the DOE also providing in-kind support. Hydrothermal processing converts organic material into bio-crude oil, natural gas or both with more than 99-percent conversion of organics. The technology is specifically designed for wet feed stocks and has a high net energy yield.

The second project, "Creating the Space to Innovate (LIFT8C14)," is co-funded by WERF and WEF to address impediments and promote incentives to the adoption of innovative technologies and practices. This project seeks to identify major influences to innovation in the water utility sector; identify measures to manage or share risk by providing regulatory space for innovation through permit flexibility in compliance schedules or different kinds of permits; and address perceived challenges in some states with permitting new technologies.

The third project, "LIFT Database (LIFT2R14)," involves WERF awarding The Canton Group with a contract to develop the program to support new technology innovation, collaboration and implementation for the water sector. The platform will help identify and deliver information on innovative water technologies, facilitate matchmaking and collaboration for speeding innovation into practice, provide data and results from demonstrations, and more. The development of the platform is supported in part with funding from the EPA.

See also:

"WERF, WEF to advance LIFT program through new water quality industry opportunities"

"WEF/WERF seeking innovative wastewater technologies at resource recovery intensification forum"

About WERF

The Water Environment Research Foundation is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater questions. LIFT is moving innovation into practice by allowing providers to introduce their emerging, pre-commercial, and newly commercialized technologies to funders, advisors, and end users. For more information, visit www.werf.org.

About WEF

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. For more information, visit www.wef.org.


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