Microwave water decontamination technology is most effectively applied to the service conditions of small and non-steady state operations, which are ill-suited for conventional technologies. The following is a list of areas where the microwave water purification technology performs the best and is the most economical and practical means to destroy toxic organic compounds and microorganisms in water:
- Decontamination of military vehicles at combat zones,
- Supply safe drinking water to combat military personnel,
- Treatment of small quantity toxic wastewater to protect the environment,
- Removal of benzene and other organic compounds from refinery wastewater and ground water,
- Clean and decontaminate military vehicles before transporting them back to the United States,
- Treatment of wastewater generated in the Navy and civilian ships,
- Treatment of wastewater generated by industries operating out of temporary locations such as road building, construction, forestry and emergency response operations locations,
- Decontamination of makeup feed water to shrimp and fish farms, Treatment of concentrated water generated from drinking water preparation using conventional water treatment technologies such as ion exchange, membrane, and adsorption processes.
The microwave water purification process offers a number of advantages over other available conventional treatment technologies, such as:
- Provides the effective means of simultaneous destruction of toxic chemicals and microorganisms in water,
- Allows a continuous reactivation of GAC in place and eliminates the handling of hazardous and infected materials,
- Uses less energy in the reactivation process because the bulk temperature is much lower than the conventional steam regeneration processes,
- Saves energy required for reactivation and disinfection of contaminated carbon,
- Provides safe drinking water.