EnWave Corporation
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EnWave Corporation

November 06, 2008 09:30 ET

EnWave Initiates Final Commercial Testing Phase for Continuous nutraREV Food Dehydration Technology

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2008) - EnWave Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ENW) ("EnWave" or "the Company") today announced that it has completed its final modifications to its continuous commercial-scale nutraREV food dehydration equipment and has started the final testing phase at the blueberry processing facility of CAL-SAN Enterprises Ltd. in Richmond, B.C.

nutraREV uses proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) technology initially developed at the University of British Columbia to dehydrate fruits and vegetables in a manner that is significantly faster and more energy efficient than the industry standard of freeze drying. After successfully developing and selling a number of smaller nutraREV batch units, EnWave designed and built a continuous nutraREV machine with a target capacity of 100 kilograms of dried product per hour.

EnWave installed the continuous nutraREV technology at CAL-SAN's manufacturing site earlier in 2008 and conducted a series of pre-commercial product tests with the equipment. In July, 2008 EnWave announced that the continuous nutraREV technology was able to produce shelf-stable, puffed berries with a high quality post-dehydration appearance similar to fresh blueberries. The company believes the "puffed appearance" is a major improvement compared to conventional freeze-dried blueberries which typically collapse into a raisin-like appearance.

Since achieving the July milestone, EnWave has continued to support CAL-SAN's market development efforts by producing smaller quantities of dried puffed blueberries with various levels of moisture and water activity as samples for CAL-SAN's intended market. "The nutraREV dried puffed blueberries have received very positive feedback from the market," said Dave Sandhu, President of CAL-SAN. "We are looking forward to testing the technology under commercial conditions and building an international market for value-added puffed blueberry and cranberry products in areas such as baking, cereals and ready-to-eat snacks."

To support the final commercial testing phase, EnWave implemented a number of important modifications to the nutraREV equipment including:

- a new state of the art microwave generator capable of providing optimal, stable energy levels to achieve target processing speeds;

- proprietary, lighter weight baskets designed to improve and simplify the handling of the berries during processing; and,

- an automated basket handling system expanding the design from seven baskets inside the chamber to a total of twenty-two baskets. The fifteen new baskets will include five baskets in automated loading and unloading docks, and ten baskets in the post dehydration vacuum-cooling chamber to ensure maximum puffing and automatic cooling of the berries.

"The new modifications on the nutraREV equipment represent an important step for EnWave in establishing a reliable, high-speed commercial dehydration method," said Dr. Tim Durance, EnWave's Chairman and Co-CEO. "We are looking forward to completing the CAL-SAN project and gradually building an order book for this exciting new technology."

EnWave's goal is to sell and license the commercial continuous nutraREV equipment to CAL-SAN to support that company's plan to build a value-added dehydrated blueberry and cranberry product line for sale in the international markets.

EnWave anticipates that it will complete the commercial testing phase and then sell and license the nutraREV technology to CAL-SAN early in 2009.

About CAL-SAN Enterprises

CAL-SAN Enterprises Ltd. is a blueberry and cranberry farming and processing operation, privately owned by the Sandhu family, and headquartered in Richmond, B.C. The 15 year old company has over 200 acres in production, along with a new 30,000 square foot facility capable of processing up to 7 million pounds of fruit annually. In 2007, the Company's new fruit winery, SANDUZ Estate Wines, was selected as the Best New Business of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

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, freezeREV, 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

Mr. John McNicol, President & Co-CEO

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 statements in this press release include: "EnWave's goal" and "EnWave anticipates that". 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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