National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) Master Technology Roadmap

David Sedlak, Meagan Mauter, Jordan Macknick, Jennifer Stokes-Draut, Peter Fiske, Deborah Agarwal, Thomas Borch, Richard Breckenridge, Tzahi Cath, Shankar Chellam, Amy Childress, Dion Dionysiou, Daniel Giammar, Eric Hoek, Sunny Jiang, Lynn Katz, Jaehong Kim, Robert Kostecki, Jeffrey McCutcheon, Yarom PolskyZachary Stoll, Pei Xu

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) is a research consortium formed to accelerate transformative research in desalination and treatment to lower the cost and energy required to produce clean water from nontraditional water sources and realize a circular water economy. Prior to developing this master roadmap, a team of NAWI researchers and water professionals engaged in a detailed process of evaluating water uses, state-of-the-art technologies, emerging technologies and existing uses of desalination and advanced water technologies within five major water user categories in the United States. The resulting Water User Sector Roadmaps were complemented by a Baseline Analysis of a suite of representative treatment systems conducted by NAWI researchers working in collaboration with the hub’s Industrial Partners. This Master Roadmap, which synthesizes the findings from these different efforts as well as feedback from members of NAWI’s Research Advisory Council, serves as the basis for identifying NAWI’s research Areas of Interest (AOIs).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages80
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-80705

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102021-5617


  • baseline analysis
  • challenges
  • desalination
  • National Alliance for Water Innovation
  • NAWI
  • NAWI baseline
  • nontraditional source water
  • roadmap
  • treatment


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