Research agenda

Enabling technologies

Enabling technologies are inventions or innovations that can be applied to drive (radical) change in the capabilities of society, ecosystems and the built environment. Enabling technologies are characterized by the rapid development of subsequent derivative technologies, often in diverse fields. These technologies comprise a collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services, or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.

Enabling technologies are inventions or innovations that can be applied to drive (radical) change in the capabilities of society, ecosystems and the built environment. Enabling technologies are characterized by the rapid development of subsequent derivative technologies, often in diverse fields. These technologies comprise a collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services, or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.

Enabling technologies

  • Hydrogenomics
    Enabling technologies

    Hydrogenomics

    Genomic techniques are developing at a very rapid pace in health, life, forensic and environmental science. These techniques provide very interesting new prospects for the water sector: fast detection of...

  • Hydroinformatics
    Enabling technologies

    Hydroinformatics

    Hydroinformatics is the application of information technology in its broadest sense on water-cycle related issues, combining technological, sociological and environmental perspectives. Hydroinformatics is about having the required data and the...

  • Innovative water treatment technologies
    Enabling technologies

    Innovative water treatment technologies

    Drinking water treatment is subject to many demands and, today, the challenges it faces are becoming increasingly complex – for instance, the increased occurrence of emerging contaminants, salinisation and antimicrobial...

  • Future-proof networks
    Enabling technologies

    Future-proof networks

    Even if the Netherlands has a superbly functioning drinking water network, parts of it are aged and will need to be renewed in the years ahead. During the process, both...

  • New materials and technologies
    Enabling technologies

    New materials and technologies

    Detecting and removing emerging contaminants calls for advanced materials and technologies. KWR develops knowledge about new materials and technologies to detect and remove emerging contaminants in the water cycle. We...