EnWave Corporation

EnWave Corporation

July 14, 2008 09:30 ET

EnWave Installs Food Dehydration Technology in Saskatoon Berry Processing Plant

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - EnWave Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ENW) ("EnWave" or "the Company") has successfully installed a batch unit of its proprietary food dehydration technology, nutraREV, into a Saskatchewan berry processing facility to test the machine's ability to dehydrate Saskatoon berries into a commercially saleable product.

EnWave's nutraREV technology uses the Company's proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) developed at the University of British Columbia to dehydrate fruits and vegetables. nutraREV can offer significant commercial benefits over conventional dehydration processes such as freeze drying, including lower capital investment, production costs, and reduced energy consumption. Unlike conventional freeze drying technology, customers have the ability to select moisture content in the end product, allowing the creation of customized shelf-stable products that more closely resemble fruit or vegetables in their fresh state.

Riverbend Plantation Inc. ("Riverbend") of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will lease the installed nutraREV unit for a period of one year in order to produce samples of dried Saskatoon berries for distribution in North American and European markets. The company's goal is to introduce the fruit to a wider consumer base, and to capitalize on the increased global demand for dehydrated fruits and fruit products by health-conscious consumers.

Dr. Venkatesh Meda of the Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering Department at the University of Saskatchewan will be working with Riverbend to oversee the operations and performance of the nutraREV technology. Following successful product testing and market studies, Riverbend has the option to purchase a commercial-scale continuous nutraREV unit.

"Now that the nutraREV batch unit has been installed at our plant, we're eager get underway with the testing process," said Grace Whittington of Riverbend. "Producing Saskatoon berries in a dried form gives us the opportunity to introduce the fruit into a much wider marketplace, and nutraREV is the most cost effective way to do this."

"We're excited to have the nutraREV unit installed at the new facility, and anticipate the testing to begin shortly," said John McNicol, President and Co-CEO of EnWave Corporation. "Dehydration of a unique product like the Saskatoon berry will be invaluable in illustrating the versatility of our technology. We expect successful testing to bring the company one step closer to making significant inroads for our nutraREV technology in the food production market."

About Riverbend Plantation Inc.

Riverbend is a family owned and operated Saskatoon berry orchard and food processing company located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The farm grows 14 acres of berries and purchases berries from 20 other growers from across western Canada to use in its production facility to process jams, jellies, syrups, pie fillings, chocolates and drinks. Native to Western Canada, Saskatoon berries are dark purple, slightly smaller than a domestic blueberry, and have a tarter flavour.

About EnWave

Using proprietary technologies developed in conjunction with the University of British Columbia, EnWave is focused on the development of new methods of dehydrating biological and food materials using Radiant Energy Vacuum technology under its bioREV, nutraREV and powderREV brands. REV technology combines microwave energy transfer with pressure control to dehydrate and alter structures and drive chemical reactions, thereby creating unique product characteristics for both food products and medical applications that include dry vaccines and antibodies. More information about EnWave is available at www.enwave.net.

EnWave Corporation

John McNicol, President & Co-CEO

Safe Harbour for Forward-Looking Information Statements: This press release may contain forward-looking information based on management's expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statement in this press release includes: "nutraREV can offer". These statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions: there is no guarantee that the Company's nutraREV technology can or will improve processes in the food industry; even if the Company's nutraREV technology can be used as described in this document, there is no guarantee that such use will result in orders for the Company's nutraREV technology.

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    Dr. Tim Durance
    Chairman and Co-CEO
    (604) 601-8524
    EnWave Corporation
    Mr. John McNicol
    President and Co-CEO
    (604) 601-8524
    EnWave Corporation
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    Investor Relations
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